In the first phase, forming, quite simply, is forming a new team. A group of individuals are to form a team. The text, Organizational Behavior, 9th Edition, states that a primary concern is the initial entry of members to a team. This stage may be uncomfortable to some. For instance, at the University of Phoenix (UoP) learning teams are formed in the beginning of each class. Most learning teams are formed when students first begin taking classes at UoP and are, for the most part, maintained throughout the students' time at the school. During that first class period it may be uncomfortable for a group of strangers to begin talking and forming a team. The text says that during this stage individuals ask a number of questions such as, "What can the group do for me?" "What will I be asked to contribute?" "Can my needs be met ?" (p. 268, ¶ 2) Individuals are getting to know each other and trying to determine where they fit best. Once the team is formed, the next step the team will encounter is storming. The storming stage begins when the team is presented with tasks.
"The storming stage of group development is a period of high emotionality and tension among the group members." (p. 269, ¶ 1) The team enters the... [continues]
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