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Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing: Your 10-Minute Guide to Developing an Effective Team

Les Strachan 

January 30, 2014

It can be incredibly rewarding to bring a new team together, but hard work to help all of its members start working well together.

Our new 10-Minute Guide will help managers in your organization deal with the challenges that new teams present. In the guide, we explain the stages that new teams go through, and we offer tools and tips that managers can use to help team members work together effectively.

We understand that both you and your managers are busy, so we’ve designed our guidance to be both quick to read, and easy to apply.

Please feel free to share the guide with managers in your organization. Click here to download your copy.

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4 comments on “Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing: Your 10-Minute Guide to Developing an Effective Team”:

  1. Francis wrote:

    Quick question: Is the process of setting up a Team Charter really worth it? These types of team building initiatives have always fallen flat for me. Maybe I’m just doing it wrong??

    • Dianna MT wrote:

      Hi Francis,
      In short, “Yes I believe Team Charters are very worth it.” There are so many opportunities for people to misunderstand and misinterpret. In my opinion a team charter can alleviate many of these stress points and facilitate more harmony and trust amongst the team. I wonder if you’ve made the process too formal for your team to really embrace. I think these charters should come from a sense of collaboration and good will, and having a rigid, formal process can be counterproductive. Of course a lot of that depends on the team’s culture and expectations though. Do you think it would work if you took an afternoon, ordered pizza, and sat down to discuss some of the fundamental ways you want to work with one another? Ask people what they’d like to see done in terms of making decisions and communicating information. How do people want to be handed work assignments? What about flex time and scheduling? Think about issues and potential issues and then just talk. You can draft up a formal draft charter based on this conversation later. Focus initially on making the whole process collaborative and cooperative and I am sure you will have success. I hope you give it one more try!!

    • Leslie Strachan wrote:

      It has been my experience that the times that I have encountered failure in a team has been when the key aspects of a team charter have NOT been covered, however informally. It seems quite simply that if there is no direction and clarity, there is little chance of success.

  2. Md Jahangir Alam wrote:

    To develop an effective team at first need strong leadership. leader must have target which would be distributed among his member. A leader must be discuss about the issue but should not get any opinion from the team member. If it would be realize every member that it is your own need. Success must be caught. leader always expects the positive answer from his team which will through them to the success.