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Team Development

Team Development

If you have been following the series on building a team, you must have learned what it means to build a team, and the team types and dynamics. The final thing you need to know is team development.

Recruiting Potential Team Members

If you have taken some of the BizSkills Academy courses, you will agree that there is a lot to be learned from them. At this stage, you can refer your potential team members to enroll in the BizSkills entrepreneurial programs. Going through the training together will help unite everyone towards the same goals and vision.

Rome was not built in a day. Do not make the mistake of bringing in the wrong team member. Take your time in finding the right person(s) to work with you.

Making agreements with team members only with words of mouth is not advisable. To avoid future tension, settle with legal agreements. There are several issues to be settled. Prepare binding documents that specify every detail.

As the team leader; establish the team’s value, define team members roles, encourage them to dream big, share your ideas with them, and believe in yourself and your team.

Stages of Team Development

There are five stages of team development identified by Bruce Tuckman in his books. He first listed four stages in 1965 (forming, storming, norming, and performing). Then in 1977, he added the fifth stage (adjourning).

1. Forming

This is the learning stage. Team members will start knowing each other and learning about their tasks. There will be anxiousness, curiosity, politeness, and excitement. It is the duty of the team leader to guide team members and explaining the tasks at hand.

2. Storming

Tension will set in at this stage. Team members now know themselves and they tend to clash or disagree with different things. They may begin to doubt the goal of the team. This is a very critical and difficult stage. Communication is important at this stage. Instead of avoiding this stage, it is advisable to work together to overcome conflicts to avoid long-term issues.

3. Norming

At this stage, the team has successfully overcome their conflicts and resolve their differences, and they now unite. Team members now recognize the authority of the leader and abide by the team’s rules.

4. Performing

Team members start to work together towards achieving set goals without conflicts. The team is now matured and all team members perform well. They are more confident and can solve problems with or without the leader.

5. Adjourning

This is the final stage. At this stage, the team dissolves because they have succeeded in achieving the goal. Team members are now close, so they become sad. It is either the team is successful or the team fails in achieving the set goals.

You will get deep insights into this course when you enroll in BizSkills Academy.

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