Welcome back to our twelfth of eighteen Group Coaching Core Essentials. This week’s focus is on the
principle of “ Understand the five stages of group formation: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning”.
It’s essential to
consider these five stages in your programs’ planning, design, marketing, and
delivery. Bruce Tuckman is the grandfather of this area.
Whether we are working in person, virtually or in the hybrid space it can be important to consider where groups are at in terms of their development.
A few weeks ago I did a call on this topic, covering forming, storming, norming in depth. You can find that call at You will also want to refer to what I have written in more depth on this topic in Effective Virtual Conversations or Effective Group Coaching.
Check out the 30 minute community call on Tuckman's model at https://youtu.be/KSxATjwjo6o
Stages of group development influence connection, safety and trust levels. The group dynamics are also going to shape what’s required from you as a professional in terms of support.
Consider these elements around the first few stages:
Forming – As groups come together they need:
· * Clarity around what the program is all about, expectations, and who is par to the group.
· * It’s important to learn more about each other and find common ground
· * Part of this process also about getting clear on what goals are and the journey is all about
· * Coaches, leaders and facilitators will want to focus on helping the group create clarity, connection and a roadmap.
Storming – As groups come together, often the second group coaching conversation, the group is working to figure out who they are and how they operate. This can lead to conflict, which is often a good sign that people are showing up and leaning into the process.
At this stage it’s important to reconnect people to what has brought them to the group and what they are committed to.
Practically, you will want to:
· Figure out roles
· Have the group identify how they want to operate
· Reconnect with how the work connects to their world.
The focus on group development is a large part of the focus for group coaches.
In our next post we’ll explore the last three stages and what’s needed. Be sure to circle back for the NORMING, PERFORMING and ADJOURNING stages.
Activity this week:
Consider what stage your group is at and what they need
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