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5 Ways to Surface Team Conflict and Live to Tell About It

Let's Grow Leaders

” Leaders and teams have been talking about Tuckman’s forming, storming, norming, performing model since the mid 1960s. We all know deep in our hearts that teams need conflict. Conflict is “healthy.” Teams were storming long before that. We get it intellectually.

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Sustaining High Performance In Your Teams

General Leadership

For most, this means going back to the stages of group development first proposed by Bruce Tuckman: Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing. . Now the challenge is to keep the team’s performance at this level. To do this, let’s start with team dynamics basics. … Read the rest.

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Leading as Needed: Nurturing a Team to High Performance

Coaching Ourselves

Tuckman (1965). While there have been various adaptations and enhancements of this basic four-stage model, 70 years later Tuckman’s model is still considered a useful framework for understanding team behaviours. One of the most enduring and influential models of the group developmental process is from psychologist Bruce W.

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Triads vs. Triangulation


As the team develops, they will most likely transition through the stages defined in the Tuckman Group Development Model of Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing. Introduce somebody from the sales team to somebody on the service team. Help them build that relationship. Build a network of triads and watch as performance improves.

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Use the Right Style at the Right Time

The Recovering Engineer

In From Bud to Boss , Kevin Eikenberry and I reference the Tuckman Model of team development as a useful tool for understanding what is happening in your team at each stage of development as it moves from a group of individuals working in the same location to a high-performing team working towards a common goal.

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The step teams forget

Surviving Leadership

Remember Tuckman’s stages of group development ? None of us can be successful by ourselves. We rely on the expertise, time and effort of those around us. Different tasks and different projects require teams to come together and break apart all the time. And it’s exactly this frenetic pace that can sabotage the success of teams.

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How Do You Relate To Conflict?

My Own Coach

Think of the ''storming'' stage in Tuckman''s model. That conflict is unwanted and harmony is best. Yet conflict is recognised as an essential part of team work, specifically in helping to quality assure decisions made. There is a lovely phrase that Margaret uses to illustrate her point: " the best partners aren’t echo chambers ".

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