Tuckman's Four Stages Of Group Analysis

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Tuckman has four phases of group development. The first being forming, the second being storming, the third being norming, and lastly the fourth being performing. Each of these four phases are influenced by different aspects of your group coming together and working. Essentially the three of these phases are meant to lead you to the fourth phase with success. My group has gone through all four of these phases throughout this semester, while working on our project for COM 240. Tuckman’s first phase is forming. In this phase most people are positive and motivated about joining the new group. There is a “get to know you” attitude among the group. Also, during this phase you develop group goals and find areas of commonality. Leaders tend to stand …show more content…
In this phase the groups are focused on the task and the groups are encouraging all group members to participate. This is where social loafers become known. A social loafer is a group member who sits back and lets the other group members take charge, doing as little work as possible. A way to avoid a social loafer is follow the collective effort model. The collective effort model states that group members are more apt to work harder when they believe their work will result in a valuable result. Another way to stop a social loafer in this phase is assign them meaningful tasks so they’re contributing as much as the other group members. During this phase my group did not have any experience with a social loafer. We all contributed to our parts equally as well as sharing ideas and criticism. Also, during this phase I have noticed group meetings were more organized and time managed. Knowing the task at hand and what we wanted to accomplish in our overall project we continually worked towards the end goal. Every group member reminded the other about the outcome we wanted and we encouraged each other to push through and work harder each time for the ultimate end result. It became apparent in this phase that our group worked well together and I enjoyed seeing all of our different skill sets and personalities come together to bring awareness to campus on something we all were passionate about. Overall my group was successful while going through Tuckman’s four phases of group development. From being in the beginning phase forming and getting to know each other and developing roles to the fourth phase performing where roles were set and we were striving towards a clear goal our group was constantly developing. Working through these phases has not only taught my group a lot about group development, but has personally given me group development skills to take away and utilize in future

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