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Based on the following scenario, what stage of team performance would you consider this team to be currently in? You are part of an organizational team. For the three years prior to a new member joining the team, performance was high. In the year after the new member joined, performance has gone down. The new team member has a slower than usual growth curve. A few months after being employed, the existence of a minor medical issue made it possible for the new team member to avoid some responsibilities. Since that time, the team’s workload has also increased. It would seem as though the team is overworked at this point, and it is starting to take its toll on the team’s overall performance and motivation. 

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I believe the question is asking about Bruce Tuckman's four stages of team development. He wrote about the four stages in his 1965 article titled "Developmental Sequence in Small Groups." What's great about Tuckman's four stages is that they are easy to remember because they rhyme. The four stages of team development are "forming," "storming," "norming," and "performing."  

Based on the question, it seems that the team has been in the performing stage for the past three years. Everyone knew their roles, the leader was clearly identified, there was a common goal everybody worked toward, and there was very little (if any) friction among group members.  

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