Team Dynamic – 4 stages of team development

Posted: October 22, 2013 in Family/ kids and environments, Leadership

This 4 stages are one helpful tools for developing teams. I have taught this in “Discipleship Training School” for around 2 days, while my family were working in one organization, Discipling the nations. So, it’s quiet interesting to know where our teams are, whether we are outreach team, worship team, business team work or other team works, or any other kinds of team works, even useful for marriage life, teams or groups in our relationship stages.

4 Stages of Team Development:

1. Forming (Stage 1): (Don’t start with deep things),

What should we do?
=> Do alot of team buildings, games, fun, picnic, outing together in restaurants, having feast together, knowing each others gifts, talents, spiritual or motivational gifts, favorite colors, share hobbies, have fun and enjoy, etc..

Including goals and expectations as a team.

2. Storming (Stage 2): Now you have become more closer and know each others more clearly. The next stage would be a time of conflicts, where arguments, conflicts, hurts, pains and storms could come out of one another in the team or groups. Sometimes it might take time rubbing one another. Lets put it this way, I think this verse might match this stage 2 in some ways ” An Iron sharpens Iron” Proverbs 27:17.

What should we do?

– Discuss things with openess,
– Confronting one another
– Share to one another with transparency,
– Share risky issues,
– Don’t press down people
– Handle conflict positively
– Consider different options if necessary

3. Norming (Stage 3):

– Ability to discuss issues positively
– Mutual respect, trust and value for each others
– Lots of questions
– Plans, agendas, ways of doing things get better

How should we continue?

– Regular team reviews – feedback, evaluations, etc.
– Encourage openess
– Celebrate success

4. Functioning (Stage 4):

– Problem solving is matured
– Committed

(Note: The 4 stages and many points above are taken from other speakers and teachers).

According to my experiences, I believe the gap between the stages, going from stage 1 to 2, from stage 2 to 3, 3 to 4 and so on could differ depending on different situations, conditions or types of teams. Business workers might differ a bit again since they need to spend much of their times in business works, so is with different types of other works. Some committee teams that met once in a while might take longer than evangelical teams that often met each others and travel together or depending on other different situations, anyway the point here is just to know where the teams are at and developing the team relationship for a better working together.

Sometimes these 4 stages might revolve around (go around again), but usually it might be much better in solving problems cause you have already had a good relationship before, sometimes conflicts can built a better relationship than before. But conflicts are good to be solved as quick as possible, for a small match stick or candle can burn the whole house, learning to confront one another is also important when necessary, with openness, if possible between the two, and sometimes it might take time to discuss things and takes time to go through the processes.

Correct, rebuke and encourage (2 Tim 4:2) , confront one another.

A true relationship does not always mean you all look so good, a true relationship is where you can confront one another, rebuke one another, correct one another, encourage one another, see and speak the good things in others, and enjoy life with one another.

– David Chawngthu


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