Case Study: The Forgotten Group Member
MGMT 591 – Leadership and Organizational Behavior
5 Stages of Group Development
1. Forming Stage: In the Forming stage, personal relations are characterized by dependence. Group members rely on safe, patterned behavior and look to the trainer for guidance and direction. Individual learners have a desire for acceptance by the group and a need to know that the group is safe. They set about gathering impressions and data about the similarities and differences among people in the group, and forming preferences.
2. Storming Stage: This stage is characterized by competition and conflict ...view middle of the document...
A planned conclusion usually includes recognition for participation and achievement and an opportunity for group members to say personal goodbyes - a sense of closure is required.
After reviewing the case and textbook material, the group is now in the storming stage. “The storming stage of team development is a period of high emotionality and tension among the group members. During this stage, hostility and infighting may occur, and the team typically experiences many changes” (Schermerhorn, 2011). The hostility and fighting in this case came from Mike and how he felt that the group excluded him from meetings when in actuality that wasn’t the case.
Christine should understand how people relate to one another in groups and the blended personalities that each member brings will be based on their needs to express feelings of inclusion and control are important to the success of the team. With the situation with Mike and knowing off first hand that he is the class clown, is allow him to be creative and be the presenter of their project to the class to show case the teams work. Steve being the business mind, allow him to produce the project plan. By doing this, Christine would draw on each team member’s strengths and a successful workgroup performance.