Re-posting Week 2 Artifact

I found this week’s topic on forming-storming-norming-performing-(and adjourning/mourning which was added later) extremely interesting. When reviewing the stages they all seemed pretty simple and easy to relate to, however I do think people tend to forget how important it is to work effectively in these stages. I found a copy of a team contract ( that I really liked. It wasn’t on an official business website but on someone’s personally created site. I enjoyed this version of the contract because she chose to not only include the basics such as dates and times of meetings but also a section on ethics which included some very important statements.

There will be challenges in team projects. It is inevitable when you put various persons with various personalities in a group to complete one cohesive project. The question is not how much you will disagree but how you will overcome all these obstacles and be proud to turn in a completed assignment that had lots of passion(both positive and negative in some cases) put into it. You want to be able to get to that “mourning” stage where you can say goodbye to your team members for the experience you were able to gain from each other.



In today’s business society teamwork is essential, there is no such thing a one man band anymore. For your business to grow you need to be able to bring a group together and see the business from all angles. To do that you need to form, storm, norm and perform.
Forming is the first step to get the team together and create that bond. It shows what people’s strengths and weaknesses are. To see which individuals have the drive to succeed and who’s just spinning their tires. Everything in this world starts with a good foundation to build upon.

The storming stage is a discussion period between workers, where ideas and concerns are brought up. People start getting comfortable to voice their ideas and give constructive criticism. It’s when a true leader will emerge, but this is also when the head-butting will begin. At this point management needs to keep a close eye on the situation before it gets out of hand.

This stage is when everything starts to click and fall in place. The bickering stops and the real work gets done. The idea of a team is starting to really shape up and they can feel a feeling of belonging. The individuals at this point don’t hesitate to ask for help from one another, and the ideas get better and better. Within this step true teamwork is achieved.

Now the last step is a combination of all four steps working like a well-oiled machine. Management can give an assignment to the team without even thinking about failure. The shared ideas of the team will bring great success to the company. The team is so cohesive at this point the ideas just keep rolling in. Once the team reaches this point it’s easy street from there.

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Kurt H F Kaleikini “The Fundamentals of Project…

Kurt H.F. Kaleikini
“The Fundamentals of Project Management”
The “Fundamentals of Project Management”, describe the four stages of a “Project Team’s” development. These four stages are forming, storming, norming, and performing.

In the forming stage the team leader is established. However the team leader needs to gain the loyalty at this stage if not the team needs to pick a leader they will want to lead them. A good example in the near future, is who, does America want to be their president Obama or Romney. Also it is important that the leader wares his directive leadership hat at this stage, because specific expectations of the team must be presented and the formal rules that must be adhered to by the team. It is also a time for a kick-off party so everyone can get to know one and other and socialize.

The second stage of storming is when team members start to have doubts and anxiety about their cooperative ability to reach the team goals. This stage is important for resolving any and all in-house conflicts, a good leader will motivate and delegate and insure that all team members know their jobs.

In this stage of norming everyone is doing their assigned tasks and contributing to the team and also being recognized for their individual contributions or lack of them. It is imperative that the leader continues to display hands on managerial leadership skills so he can improve the strengths and if need be on the weaknesses of the team. Other than that work is getting done efficiently and the goal is likely to be reached on time.

The performing stage is the “Time to Party”, the team is a real team now and have produced winning results. All the time, effort, and hard work has paid off. Everyone is happy from the top down and the boss can kick-back and plan for the future and be selective about his next future goals.
Ultimately when a new member joins the team you may have start all over with fundamentals of team development, but rarely with a structured established team. The new team member with skills can usually jump aboard at the norming stage. For example a licensed journeyman mechanic is capable of returning to work as an assistant mechanic at norming stage and by helping the reach the performing stage he can become a lead mechanic at the norming stage. All in all specific details and rules need to be adhered to for a team to be successful.

•Sample Team Contract :
Aug 30, 2010 • Sample Team Contract (deveopled in part from “Team Dynamics” by Kolb and … Team Contract Template

Team Development Stages Psychologist Bruce W Tuckman first…

Team Development Stages – Psychologist Bruce W. Tuckman first came up with a team development model in 1965 that is still very much used today. The stages of this model, referred to as the Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing stages, describe the path to high performance that most teams follow. Later, Tuckman added a fifth stage that he called Adjourning. Tuckman’s model is one of the best-known team development theories and has formed the basis of many further ideas since its conception. Tuckman’s model focuses on the way in which a team tackles a task, from the initial formation of the team through to the completion of the project. The theory is particularly relevant to team-building challenges, as the stages are relevant to the completion of any task undertaken by a team. One of the very useful aspects of team-building challenges is that teams have an opportunity to observe and discuss their behavior within a short period of time. Each stage of Tuckman’s team development model is briefly outlined below:

1. Forming – The team is assembled and the task is determined or assigned. Team members are generally positive and polite. Team members tend to behave independently and, although friendliness may exist, they do not know each other well enough to trust one another unconditionally. Some members are anxious, as they are not yet clear as to what work will be involved. Some members are excited about the task ahead and want to get started.

2. Storming – The team members begin to address the task by suggesting ideas that may compete for recognition and ultimate acceptance. The ways of working as a team begin to be defined, which creates discomfort for some members who may disagree with the approach being used or who feel overwhelmed with the amount of work to be done. Some members may react by questioning how worthwhile the goal of the team is and resist taking on a task. In extreme cases, the team can become stuck in the Storming stage. If a team is too focused on reaching consensus, it may decide on a plan that is less effective in completing the task for the sake of the team. Some members feel they are on an emotional roller coaster as they try to focus on the task without the support of established processes or relationships with their team members.

3. Norming – During this stage, the team moves toward harmonious working practices, with members agreeing on the rules and values by which they operate. The members are developing a strong commitment to the team goal, and they begin to see good progress toward reaching it. In the ideal situation, team members begin to trust each other during this stage as they accept the vital contribution of each member to the team. Now that the team members know each other better, they may be socializing together, and they are able to ask each other for help and provide constructive criticism.

4. Performing – Not all teams make it to this stage, which is essentially a time of high performance. Strong teams are identified by high levels of interdependence, independence, motivation, knowledge, and competence. Decision making is collaborative and dissent is expected and encouraged, as there will be a high level of respect and trust in the communication between team members. Team members understand that hard work leads directly to progress toward their shared vision and goal, supported by the structures and processes that have been established. Individual team members may join or leave the team without affecting the performing approach of the group.

5. Adjourning – This is the final stage that ends the project and sees the disbanding of the team. This stage is also referred to as the Mourning stage, as it reflects the feelings experienced by team members at the conclusion of their work.

Note that a team can return to any phase within the team development model if they experience a change (e.g., a review of the project or goals, a change in members). When a member leaves or a new member joins a successful team, the team will revert to the Forming stage, but this stage may last for a very short time as the new member experiences the team culture.

The Team Contract – the fundamental premise of the contract is to hold each team member fully accountable to their duties and commitments. Each member is responsible for completing his/her tasks by the given deadlines. If deadlines are not met or quality is not satisfactory, follow steps outlined in your Team Contract. If team members are exceeding expectations, give appropriate rewards and feedback.

I used to work for Starbucks as a…

I used to work for Starbucks as a shift supervisor and the company emphasizes its training in being part of a team. Without teamwork there cannot be any success and all motivation will end up being lost. Maintaining store operations relied heavily on making sure the team performs as they should be without conflict. The same can be said in a school environment where a team works together to reach a goal.

While going through the process of forming, storming, norming, and performing, I believe these tips will be useful in creating a solid and successful team.

Forming: I believe this stage is the most important as it sets the pace for the entire team and it will dictate its end result.

• Revealing strengths and weaknesses
• Establish a contract that also includes consequences
• Arrange meeting dates/times
• Create and distribute meeting minutes (what was discussed during each meeting session)
• Discuss forms of communication (webcam, online chat, phone, etc)

Storming: This is where the main discussion is held in formulating a team. Issues and concerns can arise in this stage as team members attempt to agree on things such as roles, topics, and ideas.

• Compromise and discuss for an ultimate goal
• Formulate ideas and share them (share ideas no matter how small it may seem)
• Establish a leader in the group
• Establish specific roles for each team member
• Discuss possible/current issues and concerns

Norming: In this stage, the goal has already been decided and now the team will be putting everything together. Every member in the team is responsible for their own task and objective.

• Organize tasks and priorities
• Follow up on others to see how they’re doing
• Establish deadlines
• Continue to have meetings
• Must have open communication

Performing: Not all teams reach this stage but those that do are put in a higher percentage of teams that have great success. Every team member is performing their objectives flawlessly without much supervision.

• Team members must have a clear view of their responsibilities
• Deadlines for each piece of work are met on a timely manner
• Discuss in meetings what worked well and what didn’t to increase performance

Most important tip is to have fun. Creating a great work environment will increase the succession rate as well as the quality of work. Also praising other team members for their hard work will increase overall morale within the group.

If these tips can be followed as guidelines, it is often that the team will proceed smoothly without problems.

Teamwork is work done by several associates…

Teamwork is “work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole” (

TeamWork Project Manager: is an online software application staff, clients and managers work together productively online. This application has features that allows you to communicate with messages, check deadlines to make sure they are met, will help you take control, ensures staff meets their goals, etc. It also offers calendars, contact list, time tracking, privacy, task management and lots more.

According to online business, TeamWork Project Manager is a fantastic web based project management tool for freelancers and small businesses.

I have had many times where I had to work in a team to complete projects in school, with work, or volunteer services that I do. When I do my volunteering at the State Capital, we usually group together as a team to complete one project. We are put into groups, the leader hands out our assignments based on our knowledge and experience. There isn’t much of conflict because we are volunteers so our leader is more of someone who has lots of experience in what they are doing. We then work on our assignments and when we are finished we present it to each other. I find teamwork very important when it comes to projects or even just being in a class such as this one. Doing an online class can be difficult, and from previous online classes that I have taken, there were many of times where working alone is difficult and stressful. So buddy up, or group up and work together so we can learn better and understand.


Step 1 : FORMING

To “form” something is to create or bond things together. We need to create a team , and then bond our ideas to form one fantastic artifact. All team members must have the right “ingredients ” in order to form the bond correct .


This happens when multiple “forces” come in contact with each other . Just as we were asked when taking the survey , what is YOUR best quality ? What is HIS technical skill level ? WHO can lead the group ? If you put all these “systems” of collaboration into the mix you start storming and brewing thoughts and ideas , and when the storming is over , the end results in a clear view of where you want to be , or where you are going?

Step 3 : NORMING

No ,its not someone named Norm that we are talking about, it is indeed the start of reaching the finish line . Now that the storm is over , you will have decided who does what ,and where they fit in the project. Now there’s nothing that says the “storming” can’t start up again anytime during this phase , don’t be to surprised if it does, it just means that new developments have arisen that could strengthen the end result . Hopefully it doesn’t weaken it then things would have to be readjusted. By the end of this stage the team will be able to voice their opinions and thoughts in a more constructive and confident way , unlike the beginning where as it was during the “forming” stage things were probably rough and harsher.


This is where it all comes together . Team members now have the means and ways to function as a whole unit . Quote from my resources says ” Members will have insights into personal and group processes, and better understanding of each others strengths and weakness.” . You can tell when your team has reached this stage because you start getting a lot of work done ” , end quote. I have gained a little more knowledge while reading the information form this source .

** I LIKE this one because in the second bullet point , it emphasizes COMMUNICATION is a must !
I strongly believe in this for everything , good OR bad .

The First step to team building is Forming…

The First step to team building is Forming When you bring people together with the expectation of successfully completing a task, you need to know who they are. This is where you introduce yourself and figure out if you can work together well.
The next step is storming. In this step you have to know what each team members strengths and weaknesses are. You need to figure out who is a natural leader, orginazer, who is best at collecting information etc. In this process of team building you give each person a role. This step you will have conflicts because people will try to lead the team or do things their own way instead of working together. This step is however very important because this is where everyone can come to an understanding of which role they play in this team.
The next step in Norming, This is the step where there is no more conflicts. This is where every person is doing their part, everyone is focused only on their project and everyone shares the vision of the final master piece once the whole team comes together.
The final step is performing, This is where the whole team comes together and unites. This is where each individual can present what they did in the team and as a direct reflection on everyone’s role that they played in the team. This is also where you can see if a team worked well together as a team or if everyone just did their own thing just to get it over. It is very important that whatever task you are given in a team that you do your part and support the other team members. It really does show in this step.

Resource link:

Team Contract:

Forming In the first stages of team building…


In the first stages of team building, the forming of the team takes place. The team members are starting to know each other. I guess it is normal for everybody to behave their best because like when we are meeting strangers, we always tend to show the best side of ourselves to other. In this stage, team members are highly effective and cooperative, but it’s a matter of fact that team members tend to focus on themselves.

The behaviors of members in stage of Forming:

• Making contact and bonding
• Developing trust
• Members dependent
• Agreeing on common goals


This stage is characterized by conflict and resistance to the group’s task and structure. As the team members know each other more, the opportunities for them to raise their voice. I think this is a struggling stage simple because different people think differently and like to do things in different ways. In a healthy and ideal environment, in this stage the team members shall open up to each other and confront each other’s ideas and perspectives. I think it’s about acceptance. If they accept and recognize their team members, the storming could be resolved quickly.

The behaviors of members in stage of Storming:

• Gaining skills in communication
• Identifying resources
• Expressing differences of ideas, feelings, and opinions
• Reacting to leadership


In this stage, after speaking their voice, team members have a better understanding between their team members. Therefore, it is a time for them to take responsibility for progress towards their goal. I think team members would respect each other and work interdependently. They would develop norms for resolving any conflicts they encounter and move on.

The behaviors of members in stage of Norming:

• Decisions are made through negotiation and consensus building
• Members agree about roles and processes for problem solving


I guess this is the payoff stage. The team members are now competent, autonomous and able to handle the decision-making process without supervision.

The behaviors of members in stage of Performing:

• Members work collaboratively
• Members care about each other
• The group establishes a unique identity
• Members are interdependent


Example of team contract:

Four Stages of Teamwork The 1st stage is…

Four Stages of Teamwork:
The 1st stage is: FORMING
FORMING is the stage of relationship building within the team. This can include introducing yourselves, exchanging information such as phone number, email, etc. Also, this is the stage where you can form the group by figuring out what each team member can contribute to the team.

The 2nd stage is: STORMING
STORMING is the stage where the team starts to discuss things and where you tend to find out what each person thinks about the assignment. You will usually have at least one person who will take the leadership position and can influence the other teammates. Teammates will sometimes keep quiet during this stage because of fear of their ideas not being accepted or they may feel that they don’t have any good ideas.

The 3rd stage is: NORMING
NORMING is the stage where after everyone shares their ideas, the group usually agrees as a team and start working on the assignment. There is an agreement on how they will work as a group, however, having their individual assignments to focus on. I feel a good way would be to write down the ideas shared and what each teammate will be assigned to do.

The 4th stage is: PERFORMING
PERFORMING is the stage where everyone should be working together with little to no problems. Working together as a team is essential in this stage. Each teammate is able to complete their “individual” assignment and yet work as a team to finish the group project.

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Link for the Team Contract:
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Forming The Forming process is forming the team…


The Forming process is forming the team and when members are positive and polite. Some people may be anxious because they don’t exactly know what task they will doing while in the team they are in. The leader of course play a dominant role in the team. It also is the part where the leader discuss the team members role and tasks in the team. This stage is also short and may last for a single meeting and also it’s when each member of the team introduce themselves to each other.

This is the part where your teammates will conflict with the leader and other teammates because your team members will fight for the position that he or she want . The leader will probably pick the task for each teammate. The leader’s authority will be in question by the team members and others may resist the task. Many teams may fail in the stage and others who will stick to the task h

Norming- The Hierarchy is established in this stage. The team leader has come to an agreement with the leader and the team members has respect the leader. When each team member has come to an agreement, each team member will know each other better and also will be socializing together. The will also ask each other for help and give each team member constructive criticsm.


Hardwork has come into progress in the shared vision of the goal of the team. Supported by the structures and processes that have been set up. Individual team members may join or leave the team without affecting the performing culture.As leader, you are able to delegate much of the work and can concentrate on developing team members. Being part of the team at this stage feels “easy” compared with earlier on.

link to forming, storming, norming and performing:

example of a team contract:

Week 2 Artifact Forming Storming Norming Performing Forming…

Week 2 Artifact: Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing

This is the first stage of the team building process. It’s the stage when you get to know your other teammates, exchange contact information and start to organize what you and your team will be doing. An ice-breaker activity would be good for this phase in order to get everyone a little more comfortable with each other. Usually people are shy at first, so taking some time to learn a little bit about each other will help everyone to open up.
Storming is generally the stage where I think you start to see what kind of workers each teammate is. Some stay quiet, in fear of their ideas being shut down, while others are quick to speak and easily take the leader position. In order to make things better for the entire team, I think all ideas should be written down so that no idea gets shot down as ‘stupid.’
After all the ideas have been written down, each teammate should go around and say why they think which idea would be the best for the team. After coming to a team consensus, each member should be satisfied with the choice and everyone can start working towards the same goal.
For norming, the group is all together and everyone is on the same page. Communication should be easy and there shouldn’t be too many miscommunications throughout the group. Each person is being responsible for what they were assigned and no one is having to deal with anyone else’s slack.
Example of a Team Contract:
Reference link:

The basics for team work Forming The very…

The basics for team work:

Forming: The very first stage of the creation of the group, this is the part where everyone is happy and more than excited to work with each other, now each group member should be ready to take on the challenge of working together.

Storming: This stage is where there is always conflict and this is because people try to pick their roles and mostly everyone wants to be the leader, even then when the group has the roles determined, each member should be able to bring ideas and proposals for the better of the group, that way the work can be started as soon as possible.

Norming: This is the stage where everyone should be able to achieve in each group,this is the stage where the roles are defined and everyone respects everyone authority, now that everyone feels comfortable each member will start showing and look like experts on their roles, everyone has something to put to the table.

Performing: This stage is where all the work is created, the team work will define how good the project is, this is where each group member is evaluated and also how they are evaluated as a group

Group contract

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Group Development Forming In this first stage of…

Group Development

Forming: In this first stage of team building, it is expected that each member will be on his or her best behavior. Some may be natural leaders, others more anxious. Members are usually polite as they just want to get along with each other to “make it work.” Nobody likes to be a part of a team that simply can’t function, especially when they all have a similar goal or task. The team gets to know one another, discuss and allocate responsibilities and observe the strengths and weaknesses in each team member. Since most are trying to get along and avoid conflict, forming will probably show slow progress but nonetheless, an essential part of building a strong team. In an article from Mind Tools, a leader (or even a potential leader) can make and discuss a Team Charter that maps out the purpose, functions and expectations to guide everyone and ensure that each member is on the same road to success. The link at the bottom provides more information on Team Charter’s.

Storming: The storming stage follows as each team member gets a bit more comfortable with one another. The team then discusses ideas which may challenge and provoke others. A great deal of individual tolerance is needed — One idea may be more favorable than another and members will just have to adjust so that order maintains. This stage is important because the team faces controversy and more importantly, the team learns how to solve problems together. I’m curious on how group development works through online interaction!

Norming: Once the team has settled on a common plan, the individuals work on their parts the expectation is to succeed. The members all have their “separate” projects which will eventually become one coherent piece.

Performing: A successful team will contain determined individuals who are prepared to unveil something they’ve all worked hard for. I believe that when each person is prepared, it is easy to learn the other counterparts of a project. The attitude of the leader often affects the team. When a leader is confident, the supporting parts will follow. I believe that one person may hold more responsibility and authority than others in a team. This is necessary because that person encourages order and tries to solve conflicts within the group as soon as possible.

I think that it is most important to appoint a leader in a group. This person should fair, consistent and should make the best decisions for the whole team. Personal strengths should be focused on when assigning responsibilities to ensure a good balance throughout the team.

Resource Link:

Link to Team Contract Example:

The Four Stages of Teamwork Forming Storming Norming…

The Four Stages of Teamwork-
The stages are taken place at a certain time frame depending on the length of the course in which we are gathering as a team for.
For instance, we are in the Forming stage. We are all strangers, yet we could have a lot more in common than anticipated. In this case, Business Class, We have to form the best teams possible to help motivate and shape us into completing and conquering this course with a positive outcome. Teams can sometimes get a little complicated. Some people might have different opinions than others and sometimes that can turn into a disaster. I remember in grade school, we would have designate someone that we all felt were able to complete the task for that specific area. Doing so it released the tension a little, but of course everyone still had their ways of things. I found another way of thinking when it comes to teamwork. Maybe using a team charter will be of assistance to our team to help guide us in the right direction. It would play as a “roadmap.”  
Next the Storming stage, There will be challenges to face and having a good supportive team will help conquer that. Everyone is different some might be better at other areas that some might lack in.
Norming, being able to take responsibility for the actions of the team and if done well the reward and outcome of it will be gratifying.
And then there’s Performing, the vision that you and your team mates worked towards will be forming now. Having supportive sources will have more of an effect on the part of the stage because if a structure is built tough, durable and sturdy, then if for any reason someone for your team steps away or someone new joins the team, the vision or structure is still there.
Here are some pages in which I found helpful to understand the stages and it also helps find solutions for certain situations on what we can do to prevent things from occurring.
Resource Links Below:

Team contract :

The Four Stages of Teamwork – Forming Storming…

The Four Stages of Teamwork – Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing

This is the first step of the team building process. This is the phase where the forming of the team takes place. In this first phase I think that it is essential for everyone in the group to get acquainted. Each member of the team should also exchange phone numbers, emails and make new friends.

This is the stage where everyone brainstorms different ideas to see which ideas will be taken for consideration. Rejection is something that a lot of people fear, but can easily be solved.

After all ideas have been collected, each team member will vote to see which idea is best and which one should be used. When voting, majority vote wins. Before voting though, each member will pitch their idea, also stating why we should choose their idea.

At this stage everything should be running smoothly. The team is able to work together to find ways to get the assigned task done. At this tage nothing should be a problem. Each member of the team are able to communicate well with one another. To avoid from the team reverting to previous stages, each member of the team should communicate properly with one another.

Reference link:

Example of a team contract:

Forming Storming Norming Performing Forming It can be…


Forming-It can be comprised of many different people but most the important aspect is to all work to ONE common goal. Communication is essential so being comfortable and trading contact info is going to key to stay organized. This stage is important to achieving their goals because these are the members you’re going to work with so getting to know one another would be good. I think it is also important to always have a leader or supervisor in the group to keep things from getting out of hand.

Storming- This stage is about working together and exchanging all your ideas. This stage is going to take patience and understanding what each person brings to the table so having an open mind is always good to avoid conflicts. Making sure everyone understands how group decisions are made and to appreciate everyone’s input.

Norming- Each member working to ONE common goal. A person cannot just be in the group to enjoy the ride, each member has a responsibly.

Performing- Function as a unit. Finding ways the job done smoothly, and effectively by working with other members during the process.

Site for “group development”

Team Contracts

Group development Forming • Communicate with group members…

Group development

• Communicate with group members and get to know each other well.
• It’s important to trust each other.
• Define roles and responsibilities.
• Always provide clear direction and purpose.

• Everybody give ideas and exchange the ideas each other.
• Make sure everyone understands how decisions are made, and once again, involve people in the process.
• Look for opportunities to help others understand and appreciate the differences in each other.

• Create team rules for working together cooperatively.
• Observe the rules.

• Everybody have to participate with responsibility.
• Work together toward common goals.
• It’s important to communicate with members during working.

This is the site of “Group Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing”

I did group project in other class, and we created our team rules; however, it was really hard to work together well. Some people did a lot of work, and some people did not do anything. The most trouble we had was one people never replied e-mail or text. I think the most important thing is communicate with team members and everybody has to have a responsibility for own work.

This is an example of team contract.

Week 2 Artifact Forming Storming Norming Performing Forming…

Week 2 Artifact: Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing


During this beginning phase of the team building process, I think it would be the perfect opportunity to exchange e-mails, phone numbers, general goals, and a schedule of the group’s assignments. Everyone is either meeting each other for the first time, or they are still getting acquainted with one another. An ice-breaker activity would be very ideal in this phase, so that it may relieve some of the nerves and pressure that team members may be experiencing.


This is generally the stage where I think people want to contribute their ideas without getting shut down. People fear rejection, so to solve this issue here is what I might suggest doing with my team. Any ideas contributed from a team member will be noted down. (Continued in Norming section)


After all ideas/concepts are collected during the team allotted time period. There will now be a vote to make a choice between the different ideas. The person who submitted their idea/concept should give a brief explanation about it and why we should choose it. At the end of the explanations, we would have a vote. In which majority decision, wins.


All aspects of the group are operating at a high level. At this time everyone is on the same page toward completing the assigned task. There should not be any issue of mistrust with one another and miscommunication. Teams can sometimes revert back to previous phases of the team building process. This can be avoided with proper communication, accountability, and responsibility.

Reference link:

Example of Team Contract:

The Four Stages of Teamwork Forming Storming Norming…

The Four Stages of Teamwork – Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing

The stages are taken place at a certain time frame depending on the length of the course in which we are gathering as a team for. For instance, we are in the Forming stage. We are all strangers, yet we could have a lot more in common than anticipated. In this case, Business Class, We have to form the best teams possible to help motivate and shape us into completing and conquering this course with a positive outcome. Teams can sometimes get a little complicated. Some people might have different opinions than others and sometimes that can turn into a disaster. I remember in grade school, we would have designate someone that we all felt were able to complete the task for that specific area. Doing so it released the tension a little, but of course everyone still had their ways of things. I found another way of thinking when it comes to teamwork. Maybe using a team charter will be of assistance to our team to help guide us in the right direction. It would play as a “roadmap.”

Next the Storming stage, There will be challenges to face and having a good supportive team will help conquer that. Everyone is different some might be better at other areas that some might lack in.

Norming, being able to take responsibility for the actions of the team and if done well the reward and outcome of it will be gratifying.

And then there’s Performing, the vision that you and your team mates worked towards will be forming now. Having supportive sources will have more of an effect on the part of the stage because if a structure is built tough, durable and sturdy, then if for any reason someone for your team steps away or someone new joins the team, the vision or structure is still there.

Here are some pages in which I found helpful to understand the stages and it also helps find solutions for certain situations on what we can do to prevent things from occurring.

Stages of Group Development The four stages describe…

Stages of Group Development

The four stages describe the growth a team goes through while individuals try to work together, find their position or purpose in the group, and strive to accomplish a common goal that is shared by everyone. A team to me would be like a well maintained engine in a car. If any one part of that engine isn’t working properly then the rest of the engine could break down. I plan to help my team go through these stages by doing three things that I feel summarizes all three stages. Communication, cooperation, and courtesy above all help to make a team succeed.

A team that communicates operates. Keeping in good communication in a team as far as duties, responsibilities, and progress helps a team to continually move forward and stay on track. If ever there are obstacles or concerns, the best way to deal with them is to be able to communicate it to your group freely. A group or team that cannot communicate effectively on issues or progress will not move forward as nothing will get resolved. As long as a team is open to discussion and ideas they can accomplish anything. “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed.” -unknown-

A team that cooperates never segregates. Cooperation with in a team may mean more than just doing individual responsibilities. As part of a team if one person fails collectively the team does as well. Fortunately at work we have the best team that I could ever be a part of. Anytime life’s obstacles get in the way or let’s face it when you’re faced with something you either don’t know or understand. The team I work for is there as more than a team but as a support system as well. Regardless of what each individual’s responsibility is. If there is any way I can help another team member I am more than willing to do so and they are willing to do the same. This is where communication helps cooperation and is best that a team sticks in contact with one another.

A team that is courteous gets down and dirtiest. To be courteous to other team mates means to put others responsibilities and obligations before your own. The best way I can put this is that even though your responsibility for a project depends on someone else finishing their part first. Your help should always be available to keep the team moving forward. If there are deadlines or due dates it would be best for the group to not have them wait to the last minute on a project that took a group effort to complete. Using group time especially in meetings wisely and productively is being courteous to others as everyone’s time is important.
Attached below is a link of what I would like and feel should be part of a team contract.

Stages of Group Development Knowing the 4 stages…

Stages of Group Development

Knowing the 4 stages to group development and understanding them will help your team create a good piece of work.

• Meeting the members to your team
• Getting comfortable with them to be able to work together
• Get organized about the schedule on when the work will be done
This stage can take up a long time if the team does not use the time wisely and spends their whole time disagreeing. Most likely the team might end up getting the work done last minute or turning it in late.
• Sharing ideas
• Deciding who will put what part of the information needed
• Help each other understand what the piece of work is about
At this stage can be considered the one that most teams get stuck on because this is when everyone is throwing out ideas. At this point some might not agree with others which create an uncomfortable point to be at. But that’s why they are supposed to help each other.
• Accomplish goals
• Each person must make sure they get their part done
• Must have patience with each member of the team
Stage when the team does accomplish the work but also has a little rough patch throughout the performance. For the simple reason that some might not like how the work was put. But they will learn how to be patient with one another and get the work done.
• Function as one well educated team
• Know their piece of work smoothly without having problems explaining what it is about
• Agreeing with each other
• Ending up with a great piece of work
This stage is when the group does an excellent job. They get along well enough to create a great piece of work. That meets all the requirements. They will get the work done on time or even before that.

Having an Effective Team Contract While knowledge and…

Having an Effective Team Contract

While knowledge and experience with Team Phases may be imperative for a team’s success, I also believe an effective Team Contract can be an instrumental tool in providing the needed help and guidance to successfully navigate this process.

We all, no doubt, will be asked to participate on teams for various reasons throughout our educational, professional and social lives. These teams are formed so a collective decision, report or presentation can be made. At some point we all have participated in a group, committee or team that was ineffective, disorganized or even ill tempered. A team’s ability to accomplish multiple goals, create needed structure, be efficient, meet member’s needs and keep politics in check is critical in achieving success.

The problem is how to get that positive outcome from the teams of which we are a part of. This, in most cases, can be accomplished by team members negotiating a team contract in advance of the task or project.

A team contract is a set of guidelines that each team member agrees to follow during the term of the project. The advantage when you negotiate and can get agreement to team processes at the start is that when the team is at work, there are fewer disruptions, fights, conflicts, hurt feelings, and unfulfilled needs. Teams must develop a written agreement to formalize how the team intends to organize and manage its behavior, processes and tasks. As with any contract it should be negotiated and signed by all members to indicate commitment to the success of the team.

The main purposes of a team contract are to:
• define the team’s structure.
• agree on ground rules for team members to follow.
• define team values that will serve as a guide to team member behavior.
• determine in advance how meetings, conflicts, decisions, etc., will be handled. When problems arise, the team contract will help reduce stress and make problems easier to resolve.
• ensure each team member make a formal commitment to the project.

Team members are expected to help establish and maintain ground rules, lead and participate in team meetings, attend and participate in all team building events, and provide feedback to the team leader or other members of the team.

It is impossible to plan for all contingencies. Additional agreements, arrangements or modifications may be needed as new problems are confronted. An effective team contract is an essential tool that will invariably contribute to the overall success of the team.

A Team Contract I would use for this project needing only slight adaptations:


Building a Team I believe in the building…

Building a Team
I believe in the building process several things need to take place. Each are independent factors to acquire the best type of team based on the individual efforts of each member, as well as complimenting each member with a person that is strong where another member is weak.
• These points include:
• Assess the possible members
• Project what each is strong in, and what each is weak in
• Apply a compliment to each individual
• Meet individual members of the team
• Assess goal of team
• Share what each is strong in and what each is weaker in
• Assign the roles based upon most suitable regardless of strengths
• Ensure that the weaker individuals are aided by the stronger individuals in their assignments
• Arrange any necessary meet times that are required to complete the task at hand
Somes good artiles on building a team can be reviewed here:

Within the Storming aspect of a team is when the members assign the roles, asses their strengths and weaknesses as well as how to equally lay out the task out hand. This step also includes discussing the best solution in which to confront this new task that has been assigned.
Norming & Performing:
As Norming and Performing kind of go hand in hand, the category is also combined. The Norming process is the physical process of assign the roles as well as finalizing any discussions that may be made about how to proceed to achieve the desired goal. In the Performing process, each individual is working well with the others in the team, and it no longer is an individual process. With each work being done, whether or not the individuals had help throughout each step, the finalized product will result in a solid fluid result that appears as if it were written by a single entity rather than several.
A good team contract is:

Remember The Titans Watch this video to see…

Remember The Titans
Watch this video to see how the coaches and team members used the different stages of Team Building: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing and Adjourning to create a successful team.

Although all 5 stages are extremely important to the success of a team, I believe the Forming (or first stage) is the most important stage in team building. This sets the foundation for the team’s success. When you take complete strangers and mixed together their individual personalities to reach one very important and mutual goal-SUCCESS, that’s difficult in itself. But with the proper organization and leadership, it can work. Observe and learn everyone’s strong and weak points, put your differences on the side, maintain respect for one another, keep an open mind, and ALWAYS focus on the main goal-SUCCESS! Build a strong foundation and SUCCESS is YOURS!
Here is an example of the contract I would use: I may make a few alterations but I like the pledge that each role plays.

Stages of Team Development Part of my job…

Stages of Team Development

Part of my job is to develop the HR aspect of the company. Training, development, retention, etc. Interestingly enough I just attended a Human Resources training on this exact subject. Here are the typical associations with each stage.

• Excitement, anticipation and optimism
• Pride in being chosen for the project
• Suspicion, fear and anxiety about the job ahead

• Resistance to the task
• Fluctuations in attitude about the team and chances to succeed
• Defensiveness and competition; choosing sides
• Establishing unrealistic goals; concern about excessive work
• Disunity and increased tension

• Acceptance of membership in the team
• Relief that it seems everything is going to work out
• Sense of team cohesion, common spirit and goals
• More friendliness, confiding in each other, discussion of team dynamics

• Satisfaction with the team’s progress
• Ability to prevent or work through group problems
• Constructive self-change
• Accomplishment of goals

What’s refreshing about this model is the acceptance and embracement of the “growing pains” each team routinely goes through. I think at times it is easy for people to feel defeated or incapable because of the challenges a group setting may sometimes face. Such as differences in personalities, working and learning abilities, fear of judgment and competitiveness, not to mention the deadlines and constraints the team or individual may be facing. This is more of a holistic approach that allows flexibility and constructive alterations to be made in real time. I also feel likes it can help people get closer to knowing themselves and others better in a more compassionate way. It induces people to verbalize their concerns and reach out in order to succeed.
In this training we also covered the idea of Rockefeller Habits which one of the main components solidifies the importance of having the right people doing the right things right. Hand in hand with this was 3M’s example of empowerment through team building, organizational alignment and focus that has lead to everyone reaping the company’s growth.

Knowing the group development model Forming – Storming…

Knowing the group development model, Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing, will help my group function properly and adequately. It will help us be organized and work together as a group.

• Meet the members of our team and get to know one another.
• Discuss our team’s objective of the assignment given.
• Schedule when to meet and who gets assigned what section.
• Nervous vibe in the beginning.
• Brainstorm ideas and share them to hear feedback.
• Be open and give each person a chance to state their opinions without being too negative.
• Help one another to understand their section if a member is stuck.
• Feeling some tension as we discuss ideas we may not agree with.
• Hit a mutual agreement for our plan in the assignment.
• Forfeiting some of our own ideas to get our team to reach our goals successfully.
• Calmer atmosphere when we start to agree.
• Come to agreements a lot quicker.
• Should be able to get the work done smoothly and accurately.
• Knowing we’re almost done and working together gives us positive motivation.
• Little bit stressful vibe as we do what we need to do to complete the assignment.

Here’s an example of a team contract I came across:

I feel that these stages are important in…

I feel that these stages are important in Team Building:

• Forming:
• Building a team, meeting your team members, and putting any conflicts aside.
• Arranging designated times for the group to meet on a weekly basis.
• This early stage should help you see how individuals work alone and under pressure.

• Storming
• Brainstorming can be tough with a group of people. We all have our own ideas and opinions. So finding a happy median is important.
• Don’t put other team member’s ideas down. We are not here to judge.

• Norming:
• By this time all members should reach an agreement on a plan for the team and the team’s success.

• Performing:
• In the performing stage, the teammates should work very well together and be able to come to agreements on various things.

My previous experience in team work is working in a dental office. In our office there were 2 Dentists, 3 Hygienists, 2 Assistants and 4 Front Office personnel. We would have weekly meetings to see how we (as a team) were profiting for the week, as well as brainstorming ways to make the office better. There is always new technology on the market such as: Software, X-ray machines, cameras and so on. Each position has its own value to the team. Without a team, there’s no way a Dental Office could be successful. I believe this is true in any business.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success-Henry Ford”
I got this quote from an article I read and found very informative, here is the link:

This is a sample team contract from a solar business. I liked this contract because it lists the goals of the team, as well as expectations and rules.

I have recently worked with a group of…

I have recently worked with a group of adults, with me being the youngest. Our task was creating a fundraiser event for homeless families. As a team we encountered a lot challenges using the Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing stages.

  • Task and opinions were created and assigned.
  • Conference calls and meetings were planned and scheduled.
  • Deadlines for task were scheduled.
  • Assigned tasked were completed in a timely matter.

During this stage it was really uncomfortable for me to voice my opinion on details; because my other team members felt that their opinions were more qualified then mines. Something I would have changed during this stage would be to speak up and even if I’m not heard by all, I might have been heard by one.

  • Thoughts on advertisements
  • Thoughts on social networking
  • Lots of disagree to agrees
  • Plans and designs

During this stage things felt like it was falling apart. So I stepped out of my comfort zone and voiced my opinion, on organization and details. With that I took everyone’s opinion on advertisements and put them all together. Everyone was satisfied. Each team member had a certain way of social networking, so instead of choosing one, I had everyone do their own social networking. A variety of ways makes a bigger impact. As a surprise to my team members and myself, my ideas held our function together.

  • A less stressful stage
  • A lot of fall backs on ideas
  • Started working as a team
  • Completed assigned tasks

During this stage working as a team came easier than I thought. After voicing my opinions, my team was open to all my ideas. At this stage I was comfortable enough to keep voicing. I would like to have started off in this manner with my team. But I know as a person learning my team members first are what I do to get comfortable to speak up.

  • Hectic/ stressful
  • Lots of physical movement
  • Setting up/ breaking down
  • Team worked great together
  • Lots of organization
  • Lots of communication

During this stage, my team and I worked really hard to make our event successful. The outcome of our event was great. We were able to raise just about $10,000 for a homeless family who encounter a tragic, life changing accident in my community. Overall the event was successful and being able to give back to a family was a great deal.

Here is a team contract that I would like to use. It’s very detailed on expectations and has a straight to the point fact. It’s also easy to understand as well as maintaining.

Aloha I am currently working with a team…

Aloha, I am currently working, with a team of four, on a high school curriculum. We started in May and are entering the final week of the project. Here is my experience with the team stages.

Stage 1: Forming (4 Weeks)
• Tasks & responsibilities were assigned
• Weekly meetings arranged
• Not much was done
What I would do different: Focus on identifying expectations

Stage 2: Storming (4 Weeks)
• Brainstormed curriculum ideas (topics, assignments)
• A lot of ideas generated and shot down
• Constantly feared being judged
What I would do different: More clearly define and present my ideas

Stage 3: Norming (2 Weeks)
• Less disagreements
• I “gave up” several of my ideas
• More work was done
What I do different: Hit this stage sooner

Stage 4: Performing (This past week and this coming week)
• Most stressful stage
• Almost no disagreements
• Most rewarding stage
o Massive amounts of productivity
Though the workload is stressful, we are working much faster and we expect to finish on-time if not early. How do you express immense relief and joy over the internet?

Here’s a team contract I like: