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Running head: BUILDING TEAMS THAT WORK Assignment #2: “Informative Essay” Susan Skretta ENG 115- English Composition Professor Summerskill October 31, 2016 1
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BUILDING TEAMS THAT WORK Building Teams That Work The success or failure of companies today will depend on their ability to build successful teams. To create successful teams, you must understand group dynamics and how they can be applied to the real world in all types of situations. Teams are nothing more than a group, many times strangers, who are assembled for a common task or goal. The process of team development is a necessary cycle that a group must follow, for them to grow, address conflicts, solve problems, plan, and meet deadlines. One of the most famous examples of this type was designed by a psychology professor at Ohio State University in the mid-1960’s named Bruce Tuckerman, Stein (n.d.) suggested there are many variations on Tuckerman’s model. The basic idea includes four stages of team development. Tuckerman identified the four phases of his model as Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. These steps which are considered to be the framework for assembling and maintaining successful teams within an organization also will lead to the development of effective and efficient teams. Beginning with the first stage of the team development process which is labeled as Forming. It involves bringing people together for the first time to form a team. Many refer to it as the “get acquainted” period when participants start to establish relationships, learn personalities, and identify behaviors among those in the group. Daniel (2013) At this point, teammates are eager to begin working on the new project, but there is still apprehension and lack of total commitment. This stage is the time to utilize orientation or introduction type resources to assist coworkers in becoming familiar and building trust within the circle.
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