Personal Awareness

Stages of Team Work


The forming stage group members rely on safe behaviour, with a desire for acceptance. They gather impressions and data about the similarities and differences amongst team members.

Serious topics and feelings may be avoided and the major task is orientating. The team is orientating to the assignment and task as well as to one another. Teams discuss the scope of the task, how to approach it, concerns and next steps. To emerge from this stage to the next each member must relinquish the comfort of non- threatening topics and risk the possibility of conflict.

  • Confusion
  • Uncertainty
  • Assessing the situation
  • Testing ground rules
  • Feeling out others
  • Defining goals
  • Getting acquainted
  • Establishing rules