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Comingup with a team requires setting objectives that will assist thisindividuals achieve success in their operations. However, the processis not easy but requires patience time, effort and support from allits members as they go through different hurdles and improve theircohesion. The easiest ways to handle this procedure is through BruceTuckman’s models of group development. I realized this a year agowhile working with the military. Fifteen of the top army sergeantsfrom all over the country were brought together and isolated at ablack site for a top-secret government operation for one year. Astheir team leader, l personally believe that success of the teamdevelopment came from forming, storming, norming, performing and theclosure process.

Theforming was smooth since the group was disciplined enough to obeyorders and come together with a little anxiety and uncertainty. Themost challenging of the stages included the storming and normingsections. It applied most of my experience since l have been in suchsituation and l know what it takes to come out successful.


Consideringwe were the best military personnel from around the country, thisstage was so difficult. The reasons were seen from the increasedlevels of dispute and competition. Depending on the levels ofaggression members of the group merged forming dominating members andless aggressive team players who stayed in their comfort zones. Iknew this stage was very helpful since it brought about rules,authority, responsibility, structure and more significant leadershipwithin the team and therefore l strongly encourage it.


Thisstage was a transitional stage where group members were now fun andenjoyable. Working had improved interactions as it was easy to solvedispute and disruption quickly. I stepped back a little as the headsof the department and left the decision-making process up to groupmembers. Over time the development process was very open. All l didto help improve this step was to trust various team members with sometasks before handling it as a team.

Theperformance stage was simple since the whole group had developed andeveryone knew what they wanted. Members of our team were flexible,independent, and trust was okay in the process. The closure stage waseasy considering the cohesion that had developed.

Inconclusion, it is evident how following up Tuckman`s process of teamdevelopment proved helpful to our organization (Hall2015).


Hall,T. B. (2015).&nbspExaminingthe Relationship Between Group Cohesion and Group Performance inTuckman`s (1965) Group Life Cycle Model on an Individual-LevelBasis&nbsp(Doctoraldissertation, REGENT UNIVERSITY).