August 5, 2012

Team Development & the Adjourning Stage

Throughout my life, I have been a part of many groups that have worked together towards common goals. When a group works well together, it can be hard to part ways, and say good-bye when the work is finished. According to Abudi (2010) the adjourning stage looks at the team from the perspective of the well-being of the team rather than from the perspective of managing a team through the original four stages of team growth. I think it is important for this stage to occur, so everyone can feel a sense of closure and accomplishment when the project or task is completed. In my own career, it has been difficult to leave some jobs, like when I worked in banking. I felt the group there really worked well to accomplish the daily routines within our department. Leaving that tight-knit group of people who really worked like a team was tough! Now, in my early childhood career, I feel that our center leader is not keeping a tight-knit group of staff that is working together, so it is not going to be as difficult for me to leave this job if that ever happens.

In my Masters program, I feel that the groups of colleagues, who have been in many of the same classes with me throughout my journey, are like a family to me. It will be difficult to lose the support and advice of some of my fellow early childhood professionals. The ultimate adjournment will occur if I can even meet some of my colleagues when it comes time to graduate next year! Adjournment is an important stage in the team development process in regards to continuing work together. As a team becomes close, it is likely that they may keep in contact on additional projects, even after going separate ways. I know I would contact some of my professors and colleagues if I wanted advices on how to handle a certain problem or situation.

Thank you all again for your continued support on my educational journey!!


 Abudi, G. (2010). The five stages of team development: A case study. Retrieved from

1 comment:

  1. Clara,

    I agree that as an online program apart of the final adjournment will come when we will be able to meet one another at graduation. Even if we can not meet each colleague, we can still have some closure when we see them walk across the stage. By making a professional connection, we will be able to contact professors or colleagues if we ever need any advice or encouragement.