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***** 5 stages of group development are: Forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. (GMU, n.d.) Stage 4 is the only stage where ***** ***** is actually productive.

Stage 1: In this *****, the group leader is sought after for guidance. The group is more or less feeling out ***** situation a***** looking ***** safety. ***** group ***** attempting to get acquainted with the task at hand and the other group members. To move on to the next stage, each group member must give up the insecurities associ*****ed with ***** first stage.

Stage2: In ***** two, competition and conflict takes over. It is crucial f***** the group ***** ***** the leader to allow for the group ***** take in new personalities, to show flexibility and to allow ***** the group *****s attitude adjustments. The most difficult part of ***** stage is ***** patience. If and when conflict occurs, the group must work with understanding. When questions arise about who is responsible for each known task, who is in charge, what the rules should be, and how are ***** members rewarded or disciplined, the leader must be prepared with answers. This ***** is not good ***** problem solving ********** there ***** an undercurrent of tension.

Stage 3: ***** this stage, the group has begun ***** come together and group dynamic may begin to form. ***** bonding is important for team*****. Attitudes and preconceived ideas are let go and the group starts to think as one unit as opposed to many individuals. Small cliques which ***** have formed in ***** 1 and 2 begin to d*****solve. As the group opens up to ***** ano*****r, they can then begin ***** exchange ***** data so the discovery period for a solution to *****ever the problem ***** *****. AS the group *****s information, creativity levels naturally rise and the majority of ***** appreciate being in the *****.

Stage *****: In ***** stage, evolution of the group tends ***** have ***** *****dividual members, although still in the group, beg***** to show their individual talents. That is if those individual's subconsciously believe that they will help the ***** come to a solution for ***** problem. Th***** particular stage is not hit by all groups. Th***** stage is the stage where the most promising solutions can be found. If a group ********** this stage, it usually because of an excellent group dynamic and or group leadership. Individuals are to a point in stage four where *****terdependence is minimal and members find that *****y ***** w*****k independently.

Stage 5: In the final stage, ***** group is preparing to dissolve. ***** ***** leaders should have a pl*****nned conclusion. The leader ***** the group is responsible ***** not causing group apprehension as the dismissal begins.

The five styles of dealing ***** conflict are: "Problem-Solve/Collaborate, Fairness, Efficiency, Be Done with It/Compromise, Force/Compete, Choose not to engage/Avoid, Serve/Accommodate." (Culture at Work, n.d.)

Problem solving is best used in the following situations:

When in a group sett*****g and the entire group's opinion is needed.


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