I dedicated five posts in March 2014 to discussing Tuckman’s model of forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. This model to group and team formation has stood the tests of time, and is something that I continue to see in my work in person and virtually.
Here’s what I shared about the first stage of team formation in Teams365 #70:
The first stage of team formation is the FORMING stage. Whether it's a new project team coming together, or a new leader joining the team, there are several characteristics common at the FORMING Stage:
1. Team is getting to know each other
2. Safety needs are high, trust levels are low or non-existent
3. Goals, vision and values are needing to be created
As a leader it is important to:
1. Clarify expectations you have.
2. Have the group or team create shared expectations of each other
3. Create opportunities for people to get to know each other
4. Ensure that safety needs are met.
What else is important at the forming stage? What have you noticed in past instances where teams are forming?
Check out what happens in the storming, norming, performing and adjourning stages.
What are you noticing about where your group or team is right now? What are they yearning for?
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