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URGENT!! Fun exercise on “Storming To Norming”?


Delivering a session next week to 50 managers who have just merged from 2 departments into one. They have formed, & boy, are they storming! I need a fun, experiential learning session to help raise the issues & move them into norming & performing.

"Team A" have come from a department with a very prescribed leadership & way of working. "Team B" are used to far more freedom & self management. The new department is of the prescriptive style.
Kevin Moore

3 Responses

  1. The Egg-drop exercise
    The egg drop exercise is a great way to demonstrate the power of storming-norming.
    Its available in the series “Games Trainers play”.If you cant access the book, I could brief you reg the exercise.

  2. Is fun what they need?
    If they really are Storming then I can’t see how a fun exercise contributes to moving them through the development process to Norming. The stage at which norms and values are established and such issues as leadership, direction, strategy, purpose are cemented.

    Storming is different to not being happy about the new organisation, and “let’s all have a laugh” doesn’t cut it. Someone, somewhere need to be very clear about where they have choices about the new organisation and where they don’t. It sounds like everyone knows what the issues are, now someone has to do something about them.

    Who’s in charge? What are they doing to provide direction? What’s the nature of the Storming? What do these people want or need that they’re not getting? Can they have it or do they have to live with it?

    We have managers on our leadership f@sterclass programmes do some real thinking, reflection and research around these kinds of topics. One of the links discovered recently is this one
    Which you might find useful together with the actual Tuckman source
    Tuckman, B.W. (1965). Developmental sequences in small groups. Psychological Bulletin, 63, 384-399. – which should be quoted when referring to the work

    Clearworth – home of f@sterclass
    Blended learning for managers in the fast lane

  3. Teamwin

    Hope you found something that worked. If more work needed then I can highly recommend Teamwin which I’ve used on a number of occassions to help teams get focussed on ‘normin ‘n performing’. I’m a licensed practitioner and happy to be of assisatnce.

    Richard Bryce
    [email protected]


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