Team Development Checklist

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Team Development Checklist  

This Team Development checklist shows you the behaviors your team requires you to exhibit during its four-stage development. By successfully supporting your team as it evolves you will develop a team that displays trust and cohesion.

One of the most influential studies in this area is Bruce Tuckman's (1965). He proposed the four-stage model called 'Tuckman's Stages for a Group,' which states that the ideal group decision-making process should occur in four stages:

Stage 1 - Forming
You need to adopt a hands-on approach to management and support for your team. All your communications must be clear, concise and use appropriate language for your team. You must provide a structure for the team and guidance as they perform their role. Your aim is to build good relationships within the team.

Stage 2 - Storming
You need to control the conflict that will result as differences are expressed and worked out by actively listening to exchanges between members. Offer the support the team need at this stage of their development rather than guidance. Your role is to aid and offer explanation for the decisions made. You may need to alter the composition of the team so that is can operate effectively.

Stage 3 - Norming
During team performance of tasks and discussion your role is one of observer so that trust and cohesion can develop. Your purpose is to facilitate team members in their decision-making process so that an environment of harmony and team pride is created. Your role becomes one of a mentor and delegator offering your team greater opportunities for raising their levels of expertise.

Stage 4 - Performing
As manager your role now is one of a delegator, briefing your team thoroughly and in sufficient detail and enough resources that they can achieve their objective. You are able to oversee you team as they work towards their goal because they are now competent and autonomous in handling the decision-making process.

It is essential you monitor your team's relationships and performance to ensure that the group dynamics remain positive and productive.


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