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October 1, 2017

Is Your Team Forming Storming Norming or Performing?

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Whether dating, getting married or forming a team, at the beginning, people are typically on their best behavior. Everything feels new, wonderful and exciting. Things are nice-n-easy. Then over time, frustrations mount and things are not so easy or wonderful. The honeymoon is over. Discover how to get the bliss back.

People are complex, sensitive creatures with diverse backgrounds, styles and expectations. This is why building relationships and trying to create your team with one or many people can be challenging. There are ways to overcome the challenges in order to develop committed, high-performing teams. To do so, you must understand the interpersonal dynamics that drive relationships.  The core interpersonal dynamic has to do with people seeking power and control in order to feel respected.  At the end of the day, everyone wants to feel appreciated, respected, and that they matter.

In 1965, Psychologist Bruce Tuckman first came up with the memorable phrase “forming, storming, norming, and performing”. Developing relationships and forming teams takes time. Team members often go through recognizable stages as they evolve from being strangers to a united group with common goals.

Here are the components:

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Growing into a high-performing team, requires changing patterns of thought and behavior. With effective goal setting, communication and training, growing can occur. Embracing differences and empowering teams to become more collaborative, as well as self-directed is critical for today’s workplace and personal happiness. Once the honeymoon is over, you can get the bliss back!

Be Strong, Be Wise, Be Delicious!

Nancy