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Norming Stage of Group Development: Definition & Explanation

Norming Stage of Group Development: Definition & Explanation
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Instructor: Mowgly Schwarzwildhirsch
The norming stage is the third stage of Bruce Tuckman's five stages of group development. Learn about the definition and features of the norming stage, and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Tuckman's Group Development Model

Every group is made up of unique individuals with their own perspectives on how to do things. Because of these differences, most groups take time to become successful at what they do. Bruce Tuckman's five stage group development model is a useful framework for understanding how groups mature and develop cooperative work relationships over time.

As teams and groups move through Tuckman's five stages, they fine tune their ability to achieve their goals and objectives. Each stage plays a key role in the group's growth and development. The five stages of Tuckman's model are:

  1. Forming
  2. Storming
  3. Norming
  4. Performing
  5. Adjourning

As you can tell from the title, we'll be taking a look at the third stage of Tuckman's development model: the norming stage of group development.

The Norming Stage

If you have been involved with any type of group, you may have noticed that after some period of time the members start to bond with each another. This bonding and the development of a group identity are characteristic of the norming stage of group development. During this stage, conflicts and issues from the storming stage are resolved and a sense of harmony develops within the group. The members now share a common interest in working together as a team rather than as individuals. The group may even develop a sense of synergy, which means that the members feel they can accomplish more together than they could on their own.

Group member roles and responsibilities are clearly established during the norming stage. The members are also ready to agree on the rules, values and behaviors that will lead to success. As more and more issues are resolved, motivation levels tend to increase and the group starts to become more effective. The norming stage is, therefore, a good opportunity for group training to achieve performance goals.

Although this is a very positive stage of group development, there is also a danger that the group will become too comfortable and lose focus during the norming stage. As the group becomes more united, the members may want to spend more time socializing. This can be avoided with effective leadership and a firm commitment to follow through on tasks and activities.

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