The Adjourning Stage

Reflecting on several of the groups I have worked with, when it came to the adjourning phase, the one that comes to my mind is the team I worked with for my first degree.  This degree was in interior design and it was rigorous with many studio classes. During these classes we had to work on many projects, some of which were group projects.  I can remember one project which we worked on. At the beginning it was difficult for me to envision, till this project. I had been working on my own on individual projects.  I was reluctant and resistant. I felt like the group would slow me down and I would not be able to flow freely to do what I wanted to do.  When we met as a group, we first identified what needed to be done.  Then identified what the strengths of each person were, then we agreed on what each person was going to do.  As time went on, I began to enjoy working with this group because we had clear communication among all members and regular brainstorming session with all members participating. This team had positive, supportive working relationships among all team members and there was consensus among team members.  Problem solving was done together, we had regular team meetings which were effective and inclusive.  We all had a commitment to the project and the other team members (Abudi, 2010).

  Another reason why I enjoyed working with this group is because I was able to work on what I really enjoyed doing while being a part of the big picture.  At the beginning there were rough edges to smooth out because we all had to get used to each other and come out of our independent mode of operation.  I enjoyed the many diverse ideas that were presented and began to see things in ways I would never have envisioned on my own. I believe collectively we produced a more creative and colorful project than if I had done this project by myself.

When it was time for everyone to go it was hard because we had spent so much time together working and making progress.  The team was very passionate, and we all wanted to see the best outcome for the project.  We had a better bond at the end of the project and felt more comfortable working together on subsequent projects because we had broken the ice with the first group project.

 At the “adjourning” stage the project is coming to an end and the team members are moving off into different directions (O’Hair & Wiemann, 2018).  At this stage we found it very difficult to say goodbye. We had worked together through the years and had given and received support from each other.  It was difficult not to have another group project to work on.  Through the years, we had set goals, timelines, brainstormed, bounced ideas off each other and solved problems together. Though we all had different personalities and styles, it was fun to see the ideas each person came up with. Though we were parting ways from college we knew we had each other to lean on for support in the future.

REFERENCES

O’Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2018). Real communication: An introduction (4th. ed). New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Chapter 10, “Communicating in Groups”

Chapter 11, “Leadership and Decision Making in Groups”

Abudi, G. (2010). The five stages of team development: A case study. Retrieved from http://www.projectsmart.co.uk/the-five-stages-of-team-development-a-case-study.html