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The 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 this *****, ***** group leader is sought after for guidance. The group is more or less feeling out the situation and looking ***** safety. The group is attempting to get acquainted with the task at h***** 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 for the group members and ***** leader to allow for the group ***** take in new personalities, to show flexibility and to allow for the group ***** attitude adjustments. ***** most difficult part of ***** stage is group patience. If and when conflict occurs, the group must work with understanding. When questions arise about who is responsible ***** ***** known task, who is in charge, what the rules should be, and how are ***** mem*****rs rewarded or disciplined, the leader must be prepared with answers. This ***** is not good for problem solving *****cause there ***** an undercurrent of tension.

Stage 3: In this stage, the group has begun ***** come toge*****r and group dynamic may begin to form. ***** 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 may have *****med in stages 1 and 2 begin to d*****solve. As the group opens up to one an*****, they c***** then begin to exchange ***** data so the discovery period for a solution to *****ever ***** problem c*****n begin. AS the group exchanges information, creativity levels naturally rise ***** the majority of individuals appreciate being in the group.

Stage 4: In ***** stage, evolution ***** the group tends to have the ********** members, although still in the group, begin to show their individual talents. That is if those individual's subconsciously believe that they will help the ***** come ***** a solution for ***** problem. Th***** particular stage is not hit by all groups. Th***** stage is the stage where the most prom*****ing solutions can be found. ***** a group *****s this *****, it usu*****lly because of an excellent group dynamic and or group **********. Individuals ***** to a point in stage four where interdependence is minimal and members find ***** *****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 of the group is responsible for 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.)

***** solving is best used in the following situations:

When in a group setting and the entire group's opinion ***** needed.


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