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Team Development:
A Grid Perspective
PURPOSE:
1. To diagnose and evaluate the stage of development of an intact
work team.
2. To compare team development with performance independence.
3. To compare team members’ perceptions of team development at
a given time.
GROUP SIZE:
A team of 7 to 12 is best, but larger teams can be organized into
subgroups and final grids compared.
TIME:
60 minutes
PHYSICAL
SETTING:
Tables and chairs arranged in a conference or U-shape.
MATERIALS:
1. Pencils/marking pens.
2. Copies of Team Development Grid.
3. Easel and flipchart.
PROCESS:
1. The team leader gives a briefing on team development, stressing
the notion of interdependence and the need to become self-
directed. The team leader also discusses the process of self-
renewal.
2. The team leader asks each member to review the Team
Development Grid, explaining the Self-Direction Axis and the Self-
Renewal Axis. The team leader explains that in order to complete
the team development grid, each team member plots his or her
perception of the team’s self-directedness and self-renewal and
locates the intersection of the scores they have assigned. For
example, if they believe that the team is 75% self-directed, and
50% self-renewing, they would place a mark in the upper left-hand
quadrant of the grid.
3. The team members post their work and the group at large
discusses the team members’ perceptions.
4. The team develops an action plan to achieve a high level of self-
direction and self-renewal.
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Team Development Grid
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
LOW HIGH
Self-Renewal
Self-Direction

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