Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Team Development

Are high-performing groups hardest to leave? Groups with the clearest established norms? Which of the groups that you participated in was hardest to leave? Why? What sorts of closing rituals have you experienced or wish you had experienced? How do you imagine that you will adjourn from the group of colleagues you have formed while working on your master's degree in this program? Why is adjourning an essential stage of teamwork?

Forming, adjourning, performing, storming, and norming all play an important role in team work and working with others. I feel that each of the above are so important when working in teams and that they are critical in making effective decisions. I have participated in many types of groups. The hardest for me to leave was when I got together with a bunch of people from my job (I was working at a preschool at the time) and once a year we put together a HUGE indoor clothing sale. We took all types of donated items from parents (Clothes, toys, blankets, baby shoes, anything for a baby...) and we tagged every item to be sold. It was a lot of work but it definitely took team work. We made it fun. The way I will adjourn from the group of colleagues I have formed while working on my Masters degree in this program is just wishing them the best. I can/will also keep in touch with a few via facebook. "
Project teams exist only for a fixed period, and even permanent teams may be disbanded through organizational restructuring. As team leader, your concern is both for the team's goal and the team members. Breaking up a team can be stressful for all concerned and the "adjourning" or "mourning" stage is important in reaching both team goal and personal conclusions. The break up of the team can be hard for members who like routine or who have developed close working relationships with other team members, particularly if their future roles or even jobs look uncertain." (Manktelow, 2013) Adjourning is so essential in team work because it's the closing of togetherness. Seperating and breaking up is hard for some people who have worked closely with team members. Some people have a hard time saying goodbye.

Manktelow, J. (2013). Forming, storming, norming, and performing. Retrieved from

1 comment:

  1. Stacy,
    I found the same diagram that you did! I agree that working on a team that you enjoy and find very productive would be the hardest team to leave! I think that if you all have the same vision and passion, it's even harder to leave them!