Analysis Of Bruce Tuckman's Four Stages Of Group Development

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In an ideal world, new team members would work effortlessly together to achieve the team’s mission. Unfortunately, it does not work in that manner in reality. Most team members would take time to attain peak effectiveness. There are several models that attempt to describe and explain group development over the years. With this in mind, my assignment discusses further on Tuckman and Jensen Model, Schutz’s (1958) Model and Gersick’s (1988) Punctuated Equilibrium Model. Bruce Tuckman is a respected educational psychologist who first described the four stages of group development in 1965 which are forming, storming, norming, and performing (Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing: Understanding the Stages of Team Formation, 2015). Later on, …show more content…
Firstly, the strength observed is the mission of the project is defined. Discussion regarding the scope of the task as well as strategies to approach it best. Most members are not clear about their roles and responsibilities. Therefore, everyone would be focus on dividing the task at hand. Here is where individuals would be gathering information and impressions about each other. Secondly, the weakness detected is that some team members are individually driven by desire to be accepted by others in order to avoid controversy or conflict (Stages in group development - one model, 2015). Therefore, serious issues and feelings are side-stepped. This is a comfortable stage to be in, but with evading of conflict, nothing much actually gets …show more content…
This would allow them to socialize better together. Consequently, enabling them to ask one another for help and provide constructive feedback. With this in mind, team members would have a stronger commitment to the mission and progress is seen. The weakness observed at this stage are some team members who have worked hard to attain this stage may resist any pressure to change for fear that the team might break up or relapse back into the ‘Storming’ phase (Stages in group development - one model, 2015). In some circumstances, there is a possibility of prolonged time taken between ‘Storming’ and

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