Strengthen your team using the Drucker Exercise and Tuckman Model

Remember your first day of school when you’re just starting to get to know your classmates? Everyone’s so polite and friendly with one another. And remember how, as time goes by, you learn more about your classmates’ quirks and personalities, and start to bond with some of them? 

Well, it’s the same for members of a professional team too. Teams are made up of people with different personalities and strengths. Sometimes they get along well, and other times they might rub each other the wrong way. When members have a strong bond with each other, they collaborate better and achieve a higher level of productivity.

Here, we’ll share some tips and tricks on how you can strengthen your team by using an exercise called the Drucker Exercise. 

But first, let’s touch more on how team members grow to develop bonds with each other. This is where the Tuckman Model of team development comes in handy.

What is the Tuckman Model?

The Tuckman Model is named after psychologist Bruce Tuckman who came up with a system to show team development and behavior. In this model, teams go through five stages of growth: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning.

Forming Stage: Members have just met and are getting to know each other. Their common goals are still being realized at this stage, so the team is not productive yet. Storming Stage: Each member’s role is gradually becoming more apparent and members find they have common goals. But, due to differences in perception and ways of thinking, conflicts arise between members. Norming Stage: Members begin to recognize and appreciate each other’s strengths. Although there is occasional conflict, everyone is working and making progress toward the goal. Performing Stage: The team is cohesive and supportive of each other. Members can work together as one without much supervision to achieve the goal to maximize results. Adjourning Stage: The final stage when the project has been completed and the team is disassembled. Because the members have bonded with each other, they are now sad that their days of being a team are over. Understanding the Tuckman Model is the first step to making our teams more effective

The Tuckman Model suggests that teams mature through the first two stages of forming and storming. To start forming bonds, it’s necessary for the team members to spend time and effort on team-building after they’re assembled.

The storming stage is critical because some teams may never progress beyond it. When members disagree or experience conflict within the group, their frustration increases and may cause them to lose motivation for the goal or project. They could completely resist each other’s ideas or even start to work against each other to the detriment of the overall project.

On the other hand, if the team can successfully navigate through the storming phase and enter the norming and performing stages, members will be unified and work together to reach the best outcome for the project.

First, we’ll focus on the forming and storming stages while considering how to apply the Drucker Exercise for team-building.

What is the Drucker Exercise?

The Drucker Exercise is a team-building technique introduced in the book Agile Samurai by Jonathan Rasmusson and Naoto Nishimura. It’s called the Drucker Exercise because the exercise is comprised of questions inspired by Managing

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