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Chapter 15. Team Life Cycles > Stage 1: Forming

Stage 1: Forming

The forming stage represents the movement of an individual into the group-member status. Most team members will greatly anticipate their involvement. The team members’ characteristics and suggested facilitator actions of this “feeling out” stage include:

Team Member Characteristics:

  • Hesitant participation tempered with optimism

  • Organizational complaints and gripes common

  • Some suspicion and fear of team situation

  • Looking for sense of belonging

  • Closely watching other team members’ behaviors


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