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Team Players and Teamwork, Completely Updated and Revised: New Strategies for Developing Successful Collaboration by Glenn M. Parker

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Chapter 6. ADAPTIVE TEAM PLAYERS

Much like individuals, teams experience stages of development. Teams mature from early formation through various phases into a developed organizationprovided certain positive actions are taken. Again like individuals, teams also can get stuck in an immature phase and can suffer a case of arrested growth and ineffectiveness. Team players have an important role to play in each stage. Effective team players can successfully move a team toward maturity with specific, positive actions.

Tuckman (1965) identified four stages of team development:

  1. Forming

  2. Storming

  3. Norming

  4. Performing

In the forming stage, team members test the waters to determine what type of behavior will be acceptable, the nature of the team's task, and how ...

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