Bruce Tuckman's Four Stages Of Group Communication

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In group communication, we may sometimes experience some sort of struggle before we start to unite and communicate effectively. When we first meet people in a group, we often need to go through a process of group formation. This is explained by the Bruce Tuchman (1965) theory. Tuckman suggested that most groups go through a process involving four stages. These are: Tuckman’s theory focuses on the group developments where groups go into these stages to make the communication effective. Also, he suggested that care professionals should be able to understand the group interaction as the stages are all necessary in a care setting. As each stage is needed so that a team can grow to face up challenges, to tackle the problem, to find solutions,…show more content…
The leader may play a dominant role at this stage because the team member’s roles and responsibilities are not clear enough. This stage may last for some time due to people start to work together and make an effort to know their new colleagues. The second (storming) comprises tension, struggle and sometimes arguments about the way the group might function. This is the stage where many teams fail because storming starts where there is a conflict between team members working styles. This is because people work in different ways for all sorts of reasons. For example, team members may challenge your authority or they could feel uncomfortable with the approach you’re using. Also, team members Team members who stick with the task at hand may experience stress, particularly as they don't have the support of established processes, or strong relationships with their colleagues. The third stage (norming) sees the group coming together and consciously or unconsciously agreeing on their group values (this means group members need to share a common system of beliefs or values in order for the group to communicate and perform effectively). This also means that team members know one another better, they may socialize together, and

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