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Storm To Perform: The 4 Stages Of Team Productivity

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Dr. Bruce Tuckman, a psychology professor, synthesized team development into four basic stages: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing.

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Forming

This stage of teamwork is all about first meetings and first impressions.

What everyone needs most is a clear understanding of their part in the journey and a setup for building emotional connections. Setting goals together puts their skills and interests into the open.

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Storming

Most teams go through the storming stage in some form or another because discord is inevitable. The key value to emphasize in the team is positive intent. 

A little conflict is needed to bring upfront weak spots in projects and to bring new valid arguments to the table. But constant stormin...

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Norming

Getting to the Norming stage takes a healthy dose of observation, identification, and action on things that are working (and not working).

Teams that stay in Norming are constantly working out things like communication preferences, recognition of achievements, and workflows.

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Performing

This is the stage when the synergy comes in:

  • Group norms have been accepted, and people feel comfortable to exchange ideas, without fear of misplaced judgment or rejection.
  • Team members have a clear understanding of where they can best serve the team’s needs, and everyone is hi...

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