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Due: (W) April 23, 9 p.m. Paper Description 3-5 page paper (typed, double spaced) You will be penalized for not meeting page requirements. Critical evaluation of group experience Needs to incorporate the phases of group development Worth 15% of final grade (150 points) Paper Description This is an INDIVIDUAL assignment (i.e. each person is required to write their own paper) The style you choose to write the paper in is up to you NOTE: None of your group members will be reading the paper the use of names, descriptions, etc. is up to you Stages of Groups Forming team members are introduced Storming the team transitions from "as is" to "to be" Norming the team reaches consensus on the "to be" process Performing the team has settled its relationships and expectations Forming The "polite" stage in which the team starts to form. Everyone is trying to figure out what the team concept is. Initial "silent" leaders may take the rein. The team is usually positive for the most part for the initial meetings. No one has offended anyone at this point yet! Storming The honeymoon is over. The silent leaders may be clashing for control of the group. People disagree and may blame the team concept, saying it doesn't work. Management needs to do a lot of coaching to get people to work past their differences, may take separate 1on1's with people. Norming Regressions will become fewer and fewer and the team will bounce back to "norming" in a quicker manner as the team "matures." The natural leaders at this stage may not be the ones who were visible in stages 1 & 2 (those people may no longer have the "unofficial lead roles"within the team. This team still takes management direction, but not as much as storming. Performing This is the level where the team is a high performance team. They can be given new projects and tasks and accomplish them successfully, and very seldom fall back into the "storming" phase. At this level, the team is taking on new work on their own, and selling it to other teams. What if your group doesn't go through one of these stages? Occasionally, a group may not have conflict over leadership, or may not fall into the specific descriptions of one stage of development. If this occurs: Explain why you felt your group avoided some of the characteristics, and describe the process EX: If a group had no conflict over leadership, describe how a "team leader" was chosen and how your group decided on authority and decision making processes. How to organize the paper I: Introduction Overview of group (type of group and purpose) Overview of stages of development Transition to body of paper II: Forming: Definition (with citation) Explanation Example Transition Outline Continued III: Storming Definition (citation) Explanation Example Transition Definition (citation) Explanation Example Transition IV: Norming Outline Continued V: Performing Definition (citation) Explanation Example Transition Summarize main points State significance of group development phases Closing thought VI: Conclusion Citations You should have one citation per stage definition (total of at least 4 for the paper) These can be pulled from Dr. Anderson's lecture notes or the textbook Include a reference page with the sources used in APA citation if pulling from textbook This should be a separate page in your word document Submission The paper should be uploaded through turnitin.com If you have not already created an account, do so as soon as possible The deadline is 9pm April 23rd, no exceptions ...
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course COMM 1010 taught by Professor Andersonkarenann during the Spring '08 term at North Texas.
- Spring '08