gmt psychology


Team Development

To transform a group of people into a genuine team, the coach or manager must contend with various dynamic and overlapping phases as they establish, develop, and optimise their team’s performance.

I've found that the most effective way to forge a winning team, is to call on the players' need to connect with something larger than themselves...creating a successful team requires the individuals involved to surrender their self-interest to the greater good. [Phil Jackson]

The stages of the Team Development Cycle are summarised in the table below, and can be explored in more depth as the subject of the GMT Psychology seminar, 'The Manager as Coach'.

The Team Development Cycle

Recruitment An opportunity to hire the best person.
Induction Integration of new staff member into the culture of the organisation and establish expectations.
Development Teach and enhance the skills required.
Retention Maintain the commitment of the best people.
Transition Optimal and flexible use of newcomers and experienced staff members, alike.
Separation Manage resignations, poor performance, and retirements appropriately.