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Working in diverse teams
Working in diverse teams

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4 Forming

This stage describes the point when a disparate group of individuals with their own ways of working come together to achieve a shared goal (Figure 4). This stage is characterised by:

  • excitement and eagerness about the project ahead
  • anxiety as to whether you will be good enough or fit in the team
  • lack of progress with members asking lots of questions
  • frustration that things are moving slowly and you are never going to get on with it
  • politeness as group members get to know each other.
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Figure 4 Group forming

Activity 3 How to cope with Forming

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes

Consider what you could do at this stage of team formation to help a group move forward. Think about what you need to accomplish in this stage before you are able to move onto the next stage. Note down your answers.

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Activities which may be useful at this stage are focused on creating a team with a clear structure and goal direction, and getting to know each other in order to build trust. Some of the activities you may consider include:

  1. ice-breaking activities to get to know each other and build trust – a facilitator may be brought in to help with this
  2. setting the ground rules; it may be helpful to record these and display them at every meeting so that you can add to them/amend them as you go along or remind yourself of them if issues emerge.