John Whitmore’s Team Development Model
He may be most famous for his GROW Model of coaching, but John Whitmore’s Team Development Model is a valuable way to understand how groups form into teams.
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This video is part of course module number 4.3.1
Program 4: Managing & Leading Groups
Course 3: Teams
Section 1: Team Development & Team Building
Other videos in this section include:
– What is a Team https://youtu.be/nq2Arav7t4Q
– The Tuckman Team Development Model https://youtu.be/-nlMJcTAz_g
– Accelerate Team Development with Swift Trust https://youtu.be/aiVYyDCz-3s
– Establishing Team Behavior Norms https://youtu.be/4-TM6kINcUs
– Team Building Events: Why, What, and How? https://youtu.be/nhwBZ4lssM8
– Cog’s Ladder of Group Experiences https://youtu.be/aVqp7Zr5DW4
– The Drexler-Sibbet Team Performance Model https://youtu.be/HjEvSjkD7L0
– Kurt Lewin’s Freeze Phases for Team Development https://youtu.be/i9wNwxy9Zmo
Inclusion – to Anxiety
• Team starts in a Honeymoon stage.
• The team members’ energies are directed inward, towards the themselves
• They are easy to manage because team members want to conform and fit in.
• Gradually, they start to feel anxiety about their ability (or willingness) to conform
• They are concerned about acceptance and rejection
Assertion – to Conformity
• That anxiety leads team members to articulate their own personality
• This shows their differences (which is positive), but also leads to tensions and conflict over place, power, and hierarchy
• The team members’ energies are directed inward, towards the team and competing among themselves
• Team members start to put up barriers around perceived territory among roles and resources
• This can be a highly creative time with a lot of emotional energy at play, making the team hard to manage
• Eventually, the team will start to negotiate around boundaries and come to a working agreement where they start again to conform
Co-operation – to Higher Performance
• With conformity comes co-operation.
• The team members’ energies are directed outwards, towards the team’s common goals
• The challenge for the leader is to channel the energy and keep the team stimulated with new challenges
• You want them to work effectively and efficiently, but to avoid falling into complacency
• If you can get that balance right and keep pushing, the team will achieve higher performance levels.
1. Compare John Whitmore’s Team Development model with the Tuckman Model (https://youtu.be/-nlMJcTAz_g). How do they compare? (2 MC CPD Points)
2. How does this Team Development model match up to your own experiences of team and group development? (2 MC CPD Points)
– The Five Dysfunctions of a Team https://geni.us/wbIE
– The Wisdom of Teams https://geni.us/7i1AL
– The Belbin Guide to Succeeding at Work https://geni.us/Kzc4GV4
– Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart https://geni.us/oAgEOdA
– Pulling Together: 10 Rules for High-Performance Teamwork https://geni.us/zUVV3G
– HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Teams https://geni.us/0DLsNe4
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