Being part of an effective team or is an inspiring experience that expressively adds to an individual’s growth. At the end of every positive group involvement, it is hard to let go and move on as we say good-bye to the members with which we have formed bonds and established contented practices. This stage is called the “Adjourning Stage” (Abudi, 2010; O’Hair, Wiemann, Mullin, & Teven, 2015). The adjourning stage provides the participants with an opportunity to reflect on the overall performance of the team. Therefore, it is a vital phase in which the team members are allowed to assess their strong suits and weaknesses, note the best practices, and consider the ones that need to be further developed in future events.
The group that I found hardest to leave was a group of co-workers that I worked with a couple of years ago. The difficulty in adjourning was related to the relationship I have established with the team members. We were 4 people, built strong bonds and we became a family and were like sisters. We worked together as a team and we had a bond that was like no other. We met often and we collaborated with one another to create lesson plans, art activities, holiday parties, and to create spirit week. We alternated months to decorate the hallway and did many other things together. With time, we were able to build on each other’s assets and circulated the roles consequently. From creative brainstorming to visualizing the overall project, lesson plans and crafts, we were vastly stirred and openly devoted to accomplishing our goals. Because the team had clear established norms, it was very normal and straightforward to perform under these situations.
Slowly our group was coming to an end because of different job offers, new classroom assignments or being laid off. We exchanged numbers with one another to keep in contact with. We said our see you later because we did not like to say good bye because that seem like it meant leaving forever, so instead we said see you later. O’ Hair et al (2015) mentions that “members may opt out to maintain friendships even if they will no longer be working together” (p.249). Even though we all have embarked on different career paths, we still keep in contact with one another. Occasionally we link up for lunch, dinner or go out to just talk and let our hair down.
My group experiences at Walden has been different than all the other team experiences I have been part of. For the simple fact that this is an online course and my other groups have met face to face and I had a tangible connection with them. Although we are online we have still have established a great relationship with one another through our blogs and discussions. I believe that adjourning from my Walden colleague group will involve apprehending lessons learned, as we share our hopes and goals for the future (Abudi, 2010). Adjourning is essential to teams and groups because it allows everyone to converse about the task or vision that was completed and recap the situations they may have faced. And in some cases there are lasting relationships built. Adjournment is a merriment of what was achieved.
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
O’Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2015). Real communication (3rd. ed). New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.