- This is simply the bringing together of a group of
individuals. At this stage, members are:
generally positive expectations
anxiety about why they are there and what it all means
anxiety about other members such as who they are and
what they are like
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.
Creating Team Synergy
& Energizers - This is a good opportunity to get the team
off to a good start. Why not try some icebreaker exercises?
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.