When I think about the teams I have worked on in my lifetime and how I felt as the project or event came to an end my mind instantly went to one time. I was a teenager and a member of a mission group for our state. It was made up of ten girls from all over the state so we didn’t know each other at the beginning of the week. It’s amazing to me that we went from strangers to ending the week in tears because we were going our separate ways. We bonded so much over the planning and carrying out the plans in just one week’s time and felt like we made a difference in the community we worked in. “It is likely that any group that reached Stage 4: Performing will keep in touch with each other as they have become a very close knit group and there will be sadness at separating and moving on to other projects independently.” (Abudi, 2010, para. 17).
It was hard to say goodbye because we had devoted our time, our creative abilites, worked through conflicts, and had been separated from our families during this time. Also we were working in communities that were inner city or so far out of town that they didn’t have running water. Knowing that we made a difference in the lives of the people we encountered that week brought our team closer together as well. All of these aspects bonded us and made for a very strong team and a hard goodbye. Therefore, in my opinion a high-performing group is harder to leave. For example, I was on another mission team the next year and the team leaders just wanted to site see instead of work in the community. I couldn’t wait for the week to be over because I felt like the team leader did not stay to the objectives of the project and just wanted to have fun. A fun excursion is something you do at the end of the week as a reward for the hard work.
I think the hardest teams to leave are the one’s that you feel like you have put all of yourself into the goals and the other team members have too and you see the success at the end. I think that it’s important to reward the team at the end of a project, either by going to lunch together or a fun excursion if possible. It’s nice to be able to pat each other on the back and decompress from all the hard work. I really can’t imagine how adjourning will be at the conclusion of my master’s degree. I’ve been going to school at the minimum of full time so it has been a long journey. While I look forward to graduating, I still question, “then what?” Adjourning is essential to teamwork because it, “provides the team the opportunity to say good-bye to each other and wish each other luck as they pursue their next endeavour.” (Abudi, 2010, para. 17). It is closure for the team and each of the members.
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