Developing a Team that Doesn't Implode

At some point, we’ve all been “the new guy” or “the new girl.” Equally as likely, you’ve been on the other side, dealing with new leadership or members joining your team. This can be an awkward and uncomfortable situation.

New ideas and procedures, new perspectives and personalities – fitting into a new environment can be a difficult process. Change is unsettling, but oftentimes, change is necessary to obtain long-term success and team development is a vital part of the process.

Research shows us that there are various stages of team development. Being able to work through these stages, and getting everyone on the same page, will help your team reach new heights.

Forming, Storming, Norming & Performing

Bruce Tuckman, an educational psychologist, created the model of group development in 1965, which identified four stages that teams go through: forming, storming, norming and performing. In the forming stage, teams come together for the first time and begin to familiarize themselves with each other. Individuals assess one another by asking themselves, “How will my strengths and weaknesses fit into this team?” or “How will I (him, her, they) fit in with this team?”