Unformatted text preview: Life Stages of a Group
Life Stages of a Group • Forming
• (Adjourning) Forming
• Members try to figure out how the group is going to be. • Deciding whether they will join & how they might participate.
• Seeking common ground
• Checking expectations • Dealing with ambiguity & uncertainty Storming
• Members seek to exert their own power in the group
• Conflict arises re: difference in style, leadership, group values, etc.
• Can be unpleasant, but indicates that members “care” and are invested in the group Norming
• Members find their “place” with the group
• Members “identify” with the group; tendency to keep positive feedback going
• When conflict occurs, it is checked in order to preserve cohesion; working positively together “for the good of the group.” Performing
Performing • Recognition of individuality and demand for authenticity • Each member makes contributions & receives benefits
• Acknowledgement and accommodation of members’ unique strengths and limitations
• Members place the group in a larger context (people have lives & concerns outside of the group) Adjourning
Adjourning • Members prepare to exit and “let go” of the group
• Actions of termination and closure (ex: looking back and reviewing the life of the group; tying up loose ends; making here now – there then connections etc.)
• Celebrating/mourning the end of the affiliation
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- Spring '11