Bruce W. Tuckman is a well-respected psychologist from Princeton University. He created and developed the 4 stages of group development after analyzing the behavior of small groups in a variety of environments. He believed that these stages were all needed in order for groups to achieve maximum effectiveness.
1st stage: Forming
In this first stage, individuals strive to be accepted by each other. Conflict or controversy is often avoided. Major feelings and related issues are also avoided. People within the group are focused on creating routines such as the organizational structure of the team, who is responsible for what, when the team will meet, the location that they’ll meet, etc. Additionally during this stage, individuals are taking in information and creating impressions of each other. This is also being done for the task to be accomplished. As you can expect, during this time, not much is accomplished in terms of driving towards the goal (the task the group was created to complete).
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