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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Leadership Skills by Jane Flaherty, Peter B. Stark

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Stages of Team Development

Stage One: Formation

In this first stage, it is actually safe to say that you have a group of people who work together, rather than a true team. People in this stage will gather together to share information, or to decide what actions will help individuals better fulfill their specific job functions, but there is not a committed focus toward a common goal. Some of the key characteristics of groups in this stage include:

Lack of honest communicationMembers are watchful and guardedMinimal group work accomplishmentLearning new jobs and rolesHesitant participationUncommitted peopleUnspoken concernsUnclear roles and responsibilities

If you were the team leader observing these characteristics on your team, the question ...

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