The paper "Planning for a Project " is a perfect example of a business assignment. Institutions make the use of groups to achieve certain task objectives that would not otherwise be met by an individual. Team or group development comprises of five stages: formation, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. It is important to plan on groups in terms of the resources that a group requires to execute a task such as time and funds as well as, training about importance and expectations at each stage. I feel that if this is not provided some group members will lose focus on the whole project.
Therefore, the managers and the leaders assigned to group projects must consider this. At the formation stage, the majority of the group members tend to lose focus since they are not aware of each other in terms of their roles and expectations. There is low communication since members have not achieved comfort around each other. At the storming stage, each member wants to establish his own position based on his capabilities and expertise in his field. At this stage, the group is focusing on who will play a particular role and therefore there might be role overlap where some group members may want a particular role.
When role players are not chosen properly, there may be a loss of focus by some group members. On the other side, some group members lose focus due to their noninvolvement in the project. This is because they are either ignorant to directions provided or they simply did not like the idea of group work. Some group members lose focus because they do not listen attentively to instructions given during group induction and training periods.
Lack of required knowledge and skills needed to execute the project can also lead to loss of focus. Some group members fear criticism which can contribute to losing interest and later focus. Generally, lack of the required skills is the major reason of loss of focus. Therefore, to create and maintain group interest and commitment managers and group leaders should come up with ideas on how to gain focus from group members.