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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 the group is actually productive.

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

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

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

Stage 4: In this stage, evolution of the group tends ***** have ***** individual members, although still in the group, begin to s***** their ***** talents. That is if those individual's subconsciously believe that they will help the group come to a solution for ***** problem. ***** p*****rticular stage is not hit by all groups. This stage is the stage where the most prom*****ing solutions can be found. ***** a group *****s ***** *****, it usu*****y bec*****use of an excellent group dynamic and or group **********. Individuals are to a point in st*****ge four where *****terdependence is minimal and members find that *****y ***** w*****k independently.

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

The five styles of dealing ***** conflict are: "Problem-Solve/Collaborate, Fairness, Efficiency, Be Done with *****/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 ***** entire *****'s opinion ***** needed.


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