2. Stages of Group Development
1.Forming  2.Storming  3.Norming  4.Performing  5.Termination

Orientation (Forming) - This is simply the bringing together of a group of individuals. At this stage, members are:

  • moderately eager

  • have generally positive expectations

  • have some anxiety about why they are there and what it all means

  • have some anxiety about other members such as who they are and what they are like

During orientation, the work output is generally low as members are focused on defining the goals and task, how to approach it, and what skills are needed. The length of this stage will depend on how clearly the task is defined. Groups with simple tasks will move through orientation quickly, but groups with complex goals and tasks may spend much longer in this stage.

This is an important stage because it serves to clarify the team's mission and bond team members. Teams that pay attention to building the relationships as well as focusing on the task tend to do better than those that skip over relationship building. Teams, after all, are made up of people who must work cooperatively for a successful outcome.

Recommended Resources:
Creating Team Synergy
Icebreakers & Energizers - This is a good opportunity to get the team off to a good start. Why not try some icebreaker exercises?
Do Your Best - This is the time to have the team focus on mission, vision, and goal setting. This exercise kit with 19 activities will help your team focus quickly and develop these important team guidelines.