Like any group of people, the swing band that I am in is going through the stages of becoming a performing teams. I think anytime you get a group of people together they inherently “want” to be a performing team, but whether they can go through the phases is a test of character and dynamics
Right now we are at stage 2: Norming. Right now the group is getting to know more about each other, jokes are starting to fly a little more and we are getting to know more about each others stories. Now, the trick is this next stage…can we do it? The Storming stage is were people start to talk about others behind their backs like “Nick’s Solo completely sucked ass!” I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but it’s a part of life. What needs to really happen at this stage is someone says to me “Nick, you solo completely sucked ass!”, in which my response would either be “@$)& you!” ( note: for the group to stay together this must be an accepted form of response ) or “I didn’t know that, where did it chomp?” The storming phase is all about being able to talk about the bad with the good. And if a group of people can successfully get there, then they are definitely on the road to bigger and better things.