The 5 Stages of Team Development

  1. Forming
  2. Storming
  3. Norming
  4. Performing
  5. Adjourning

Pre-Step: Self-Assessment

‘start with some form of self-assessment so that everyone can understand themselves better’

‘Psychometric assessments give you tools in how to speak to each other in the team’

Stage 1: Forming

In the Forming stage our team members are not too sure about what’s going to happen.

  • How are we helping people get to know one another better?
  • What intros are we doing?
  • How are we onboarding brand new staff?
  • Do we have a team charter? And if not, should we establish one?
  • Do we know the way that we want to work together?
  • Do we all have clear expectations about what this team is trying to achieve?

Stage 2: Storming

Stage 3: Norming

  • observing the behaviours of the team
  • conducting quick surveys or post check-ins with the team to learn what’s happening
  • making sure that people stay focused on the team objectives
  • ensuring that you’ve put psychological safety measures in place, so people feel free to speak up, to disagree, and to let you know their ideas

Stage 4: Performing

Stage 5: Adjourning

The Takeaways

  • How effective are they?
  • Do they consider the five stages of team development?
  • What mechanisms do you have in place to enable your team members to better understand themselves, and others?
  • How are you supporting teams when they’re first formed?
  • How are you supporting their managers?

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Karen Kirton

Karen Kirton

Founder of Amplify HR — a consulting company in Australia that specialises in enabling businesses to find, grow and keep great people.