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The Evolution of a Great Team: How to Move from Forming to Performing

Everyone desires to be a part of a great team that functions cohesively, achieves its goals, and impersonates positive energy. Be it on the field, at work, or during a social cause, all teams undergo several stages of development before they can achieve greatness. This journey of transformation for a team is famously divided into five stages. Typically known as the Tuckman model, it explains the different stages a team goes through from forming to performing. Take a closer look at the evolution of a great team and how you can improve your team's performance.


The first stage of team development is forming. This stage is characterized by excitement, anticipation, and anxiety as team members get to know each other. Members of the team establish initial relationships with each other, create a set of team rules, and define team goals. During this phase, the leader plays a crucial role in sharing the team's mission, vision, and shared values to ensure that everyone is on the same page.


The second stage of team development is storming. This stage is where teams face conflict and can often be characterized by disagreement and discomfort. Members start to push back on other members' ideas, which can create tension and hostility. A strong leader is essential during this phase to ensure that the team remains conflict-free and continues to work towards a common goal.


The third stage of team development is norming. The team has now resolved most of their conflicts and established a set of group norms, helping to create a sense of unity within the team. The team is now focused on achieving its objectives and is starting to work together better. The team is also becoming more confident in themselves and each other, and roles are starting to be defined.


The fourth stage of team development is performing. The team is finally working together cohesively, achieving their goals, and engaging in innovative problem-solving. Each team member's strengths and weaknesses are being optimized to achieve maximum productivity, and the team is continually improving, driven by a shared sense of mission and accomplishment.


The fifth and final stage of team development is adjourning. This stage is where the team disbands and celebrates their accomplishments. The team reflects on their achievements and the lessons learned as a team. During the adjourning stage, there is often a sense of sadness felt by the team as they celebrate their achievements while beginning to say their goodbyes.

Moving from forming to performing is an essential process for developing a team. Throughout this journey, conflicts and disagreements are part of the process, and it should be anticipated and managed proactively. A great team will take time to form, and a strong leader is essential during all phases of the process. By staying focused on team goals and working towards unity and cohesion, all team members can contribute optimally to achieve the desired results. The evolution of a great team is an exciting and challenging journey, but with commitment and hard work, your team can achieve greatness.

The Evolution of a Great Team: How to Move from Forming to Performing


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Marty Jalove of Master Happiness is a Business Consultant, Corporate Coach, and Company Strategist that helps small businesses, teams, and individuals find focus, feel fulfilled, and have fun. Master Happiness stresses the importance of realistic goal setting, empowerment, and accountability in order to encourage employee engagement and retention.

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