Quiz 8: The Working Stage
In order to determine whether a group has attained the working stage we need to look into the key indicators or signs. These can be • The team members will be working together to meet the common objective. • The team members will focus on giving their best. • The team members will reach the high level of success. • The group will reach the highest degree of attachment and trust. • The group will work independently and there will be less intervention by the leader. • The team members will try to solve the conflict on their own. • The group will reach a conclusion. The characteristics of working stage are as follows:- • Members are ready to take challenges. • Each member will understand their role in the group. • The group will have the problem solving ability. • There will be a shared and participative leadership and the leader intervention is minimal at this stage. • Team members will be highly motivated and give their highest level of performance. • The focus is more on productivity and customer satisfaction. • Team members will be adaptable and flexible. • Members take initiative to perform the task efficiently and effectively. • Members will have confidence and they trust each other. • Members cooperate and coordinate appropriately. • Communication among team members will be open and direct. The group evolves to the working stage only if they have crossed the forming, storming and norming stage. In most of the cases a group may not reach the working stage and may dissolve at the norming stage. The group will evolve the performing or working stage if they work collaboratively and are highly productive. Commitment, cooperation, creativity, trust, confidence etc are very important in order to reach the working stage and these characteristics can be seen in my group class. At working stage, the members focus on meeting the common goal or objective. This is done by giving a highest level of performance. Also accomplishing personal goal at this stage is not given more importance by the team members. If the members work collaboratively to meet a common goal indirectly they are fulfilling their personal goals. In order to fulfill personal goal, it is important to focus on the common goal of the team and work towards the success of the team.
The degree of preparation for any topic requires the ability of thinking, reading, writing and reacting. It is very important for the group members to have clear understanding of the subject which would help them to give appropriate ideas about the topic. The leader needs to identify the trend based on the evaluation exercise given to the members at the end of each group session. The evaluation exercise also helps the leader to improve or change his or her way of conducting group sessions. This would help the leader to bring changes in the behavior pattern of the members. There are five scales on which the members would give their rating. • 1 or 2 (very weak)- If members have selected this scale then it means that they did not do proper homework about the topic of discussion. Members did not have idea about any information on the topic. They could not relate the information with their understanding. It would be little difficult for the leader to change their mindset or interest in group activities. • 3 or 4 (moderately weak)- This means that the members did little bit of homework about the topic and were able to relate few of the information given by the leader with their understanding on the subject. Leader need to encourage them to be participative in group activities. • 5 or 6 (adequate)- The members had most of the information about the topic and could relate that information with their understanding. They can get more involved in the session and can be easily encouraged by the leader for future sessions to be more participative. • 7 or 8 (moderately strong)- The members had good knowledge about the topic and were able to relate those information with their understanding. They are participative and show interest in group activities. They have leadership skills and are self motivated. Leader needs to encourage them to be more active in future sessions. • 9 or 10 (very strong)- The members have all the information about the topic of the session. They have clear understanding on the subject. They are participative, active, self-motivated and are future leaders. They can take initiative and have the ability to guide others in the team. They have strong will power and can lead by examples.
The differences between a working and a nonworking group are as follows:- The differences between a working and a nonworking member are as follows:-