Electronic Newsletter Issue 2010-07
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Fortune 500 companies that use Six Thinking Hats report that their teams are more productive and now invest 50% less time in meetings.
It is important to remember that most new teams will take awhile to adjust to working together and understanding their roles. Every team will go through 5 stages, but the speed of transition time may be different based on experience and leadership.
Bruce Tuckman referred to the stages of team development as: 1.Forming, 2.Storming, 3.Norming, 4.Performing and 5. Adjourning/Transforming.
Thomas Quick called them: 1.Searching, 2.Defining, 3.Identifying, 4.Processing, and 5.Assimilating/Reforming.
For a detailed description of what occurs during each of the 5 stages, review the article titled
The Five Stages of Team Development by Shirley Lee.
For more ideas on making the team development process more effective, review the list of team building and project management articles at http://www.shirleyfinelee.com/Articles_Ezine.htm#TB.
Monica Cornetti notes problems team leaders may encounter with teams during first 4 stages of development and suggests team-building activities to do with team on 2bproductive blog. See her post titled Leadership in Stages of Team Development for links to these activities.
Do a paper or computer based assessment completed anonymously by each member to get an idea of team progress in order to see where more training or coaching is needed. Compile the results using a spreadsheet to track progress over the lifetime of the team. Ask team to decide if they want to conduct their progress assessments on a quarterly of bi-annual basis.
To download a free team evaluation form and/or a meeting evaluation for team use, visit http://www.shirleyfinelee.com/FreeForms.htm.
How to interpret the results is located near the bottom of the download page.
As an alternative to a form-based assessment, check out the on-line article where Ken Thompson shares 15 techniques for Developing an Effective Team, regardless of whether the team will be located together or is to be a virtual team.
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