Team Communication

1775 words, 8 pages

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Communications are the underpinning of team dynamics: they influence a group’s success as it moves through the team formation process; aid in the resolution of conflicts; and can define roles of the team. Without successful communication teams can break down and projects can fall apart. Using Tuckman’s Stages of Team Formation model (Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing), we can examine the types of communications used in the teambuilding lifecycle.
Group Initiation: Forming
When initially formed, the team is a collection of individuals bound together by an external force, a top-down directive or initiative. To move along Tuckman’s model and become a true team, these individuals must define their... View More »

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Managing Conflict: Storming
The Forming stage gives way to Storming with the introduction of conflict. In team development, this conflict is both inevitable and desired. What makes teams attractive and successful is the diversity of opinion, experience and expertise the members bring to the table. Such rich diversity means team members will offer a variety of ideas for achieving the goals identified in the Forming stage. Communication during Storming is critical: poor communication and inadequate conflict resolution here can determine whether the team successfully achieves its objectives or is mired in disagreement and ineffectiveness.
That conflict colors the Storming stage is not necessarily negative. Conflict has the potential to be a wellspring of productivity. High-performing teams embrace their conflicts, celebrate the diversity of their members, and encourage trust and authentic participation during their lifecycle. It is not the conflict that separates the high-performance team from the mediocre but how those teams manage their conflicts. “The ability of a team to resolve conflict is a valid measure of team development. Conflict and chaos are central elements to the development of teams; therefore, conflict is an appropriate indicator of team growth. Many teams function in unstable environments, plagued with unanticipated problems. Therefore, there is a strong need for teams to progressively confront conflict in order to extend team growth beyond the early developmental phases.” Townsley offers two tools to aid in conflict management: Stulberg’s ...

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