forming: people comes together to accomplish a particular task. usually they can form based on their interests, and priorities. The team meets and learns about the opportunities and challenges, and then agrees on goals and begins to tackle the tasks. Team members tend to behave quite independently. storming: In this stage, participants form opinions about the character and integrity of the other participants and feel compelled to voice these opinions if they find someone shirking responsibility or attempting to dominate. Sometimes participants question the actions or decision of the leader as the expedition grows harder. norming: all team members take the responsibility and have the ambition to work for the success of the team’s goals. They start tolerating the whims and fancies of the other team members performing: By this time, they are motivated and knowledgeable. The team members are now competent, autonomous and able to handle the decision-making process without supervision. adjourning: the team members will dispached after they complete the given task. the painful stage is performing, because all the members should work together and with cooperation, otherwise we can not achieve the goals. Pick one of the three topics below and prepare a one/two page paper. 1. Reflect on your own experience in groups with groupthink. Describe the situation in which you encountered groupthink, the symptoms that were present, and the outcome. What remedies for groupthink would you prescribe? Summarize your answers in memo form. Be sure you your example is from a personal experience rather than just reiterating what the textbook says about groupthink. (Check out video posted on GroupThink) 2. Think of a person whom you think is a particularly good member of a team. What makes him or her so? Think of someone who is a problematic team member. What makes this person a problem? Make sure you identify the criteria used to decide whether a person is a good team member or a problematic team member. 3. Think of am effective or ineffective team that you were on. Analyze the team using Tuckman’s five stages of a team. Describe how your team peformed in each phase. Storming, Forming, Norming, Peforming, and Adjourning. If your example is an ineffective team you might not have made it too all of the phases.


My personal experience on group think have not been too much, but there have been 2-3 instances where I have experienced it. So, this is was in my college time when we were given few group tasks for our annual sports meet. The teams were random to test the team building and team leading abilities of participants. The teams had six members per team. We had a task of crossing an obstacle course in the fatest possible time. First things first, instead of appoiting a team leader we directly jumped to discuss the course and put our estimation in front. There was not much input from us and hence we ended up making a common plan for the course. Instead of focusing on different abilities we had or different routes that can be taken in the course we focused on just completing it in the minimum possible time upfront. No one objected the plan, no one said what if or why. It was all yes throughout our discussion or i should say it was all no thoughts just plan thing. When we started performing, we realized that we lacked ideas of understanding the obstacle. We lacked the planning of setting an order to perform task per individual and their strength. In the end we came second to the last.

Remedies for such groupthink can be as follows:

->Plan with a lot of logical what if’s and why’s.

-> Focus on each other’s strength, you never who has the best abilities according to the problem.

-> Don’t focus on just speed, even the hare lost to tortoise once.

-> Initiate a debate, ask each one of the group for their inputs.

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