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The Lifecycle of Teams

Teams are dynamic. People change and team members come and go whether by design or unexpectedly. The focus and purpose of a team can change, particularly when working on projects as they move through phases from design to implementation and operations. Additionally, teams will go through different stages of development, or a lifecycle. Each of these shifts necessitates a mindset and a skill change for the team as a whole and the individuals who compose it.

Perhaps the most popular of team models is Tuckman’s Forming-Storming-Norming and Performing model, and the more recent addition of a fifth stage of Adjourning, Transforming, or Mourning. As a high-level concept, the model is fantastic, but in this post we’ll focus on a more detailed lifecycle that is more appropriate in a workplace increasingly dominated by projects. Read on for a handy infographic that you can use to analyse your team's current needs and what you should be focusing on as a leader. 

 

Achienving Synergy Infographic Team Life Cycle Alternative 002

 

So which stage of team development are you and your team at? Is that the appropriate stage? How do you resolve that stage and move forward? Remember, not all teams will make it through all stages, some may regress or be disbanded for poor performance. Your challenge as a leader is to assist your team in reaching those stages where they deliver results for the organisation and the member individuals. 

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Just wanted to thank yourself and Yewan for organising the Scavenger Hunt for the team last week, we all had a ball. Everything was so well structured and organised, although very easy going. You both did a great job in making everything run smoothly on the day – even if my team did struggle with the silly ‘face’ question. We will definitely be in touch in the future and look forward to seeing what other team building ideas you may come up with!

Sam Noske, Halls Head Dental

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