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companies that use
Six Thinking Hats report that their teams are more productive and now
invest 50% less time in meetings.
important to remember that most new teams will take awhile to adjust to
working together and understanding their roles. Every team will go
through 5 stages, but the speed of transition time may be different based on
experience and leadership.
Bruce Tuckman referred to the stages of team
development as: 1.Forming, 2.Storming, 3.Norming, 4.Performing and 5. Adjourning/Transforming.
Thomas Quick called them: 1.Searching,
2.Defining, 3.Identifying, 4.Processing, and 5.Assimilating/Reforming.
For a detailed description of what occurs during
each of the 5 stages, review the article titled
The Five Stages of Team Development by Shirley Lee.
For more ideas on making the team development
process more effective, review the list of
team building and project
management articles at
notes problems team leaders may encounter with teams during first 4 stages
of development and suggests team-building activities to do with team on
2bproductive blog. See
her post titled
Leadership in Stages of Team Development for links to these
Do a paper or computer
based assessment completed anonymously by each member to get an idea of team
progress in order to see where more training or coaching is needed.
Compile the results using a spreadsheet to track progress over the lifetime
of the team. Ask team to decide if they want to conduct their progress
assessments on a quarterly of bi-annual basis.
To download a free team
evaluation form and/or a meeting evaluation for team use, visit
How to interpret the
results is located near the bottom of the download page.
As an alternative to a
form-based assessment, check out the on-line article where Ken Thompson
shares 15 techniques for
Developing an Effective Team, regardless of whether the team will be
located together or is to be a virtual team.
"Team-player: one who unites others
toward a shared destiny through sharing information and ideas, empowering
others and developing trust." - Dennis Kinlaw
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