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The First-Time Manager in Asia by BH Tan

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FIVE STAGES OF TEAM DEVELOPMENT1

Like individuals, teams will go through a series of developmental stages as they evolve. In general, there are essentially five stages of team development: orientation, dissatisfaction, integration, performance and termination. In the last few decades, various researchers such as Tuckman and Lacoursiere have done studies on the life cycle of groups. The latter in particular views groups as living organisms. They grow and are subjected to stresses and will either mature or degenerate as a result of these stresses.

It is necessary for team leaders to understand these developmental stages. At each stage the team will exhibit certain characteristics and will have specific needs. By understanding what these are, managers ...

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