03 March, 2009

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing Group Development Theory

This is off topic but relevant for many, if not all of us, as we are integrating into or managing new teams. As a consultant, this is very common.

New teams generally form and evolve through a distinct set of stages; Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. The goal is to move to the Performing stage as quickly as possible. I'm currently tasked with managing a very diverse team that is not accustomed to working together. As a result, I'm spending a lot of time working to help them move along the path to high performance as quickly as possible.

Mind Tools has a good article posted that describes these stages with some tips on how to lead a team through them effectively to high performance. If you find yourself struggling to integrate with a new team or building a high performance team of your own you might find this useful.

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