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The findings from this study yield mixed results. On the one hand, potency perceptions of
managers did not differentiate as a function of stage of team development. Regardless of
developmental stage, managers rated team potency relatively high with all means above 4.00. On
the other hand, strong support was found when analyzing how teams view themselves. Teams at
different stages of development vary in their ratings of potency, with more advanced teams
rating themselves higher. As a developmentally advanced team, members have had more
opportunities to build trust and collaboration thereby increasing their sense of capability. The
more the team develops and advances as a unit, the more it perceives itself as potent. These
potency perceptions can be viewed as a type of self-rated representation of how the team is
judging and monitoring its own internal performance. At some point during this positive
developmental progression, certain internal attributes are achieved and the team advances to the
next stage. Figure 1 shows a clear linear trend of this phenomenon (see Appendix B).
A somewhat comparative framework is that of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, in that once
certain needs are relatively satiated, other levels of needs emerge, motivating and dominating
behavior. However, rather than a needs-satisfaction model representing personal progress, team
advancement can be depicted through a growth model. Given the opportunity and tools to
succeed, newly forming teams are motivated to progress towards the next level of team
development. Successful performance, along with certain amounts of interpersonal and job-
related skills, will allow the team the potential to grow into a high performing, self-managed
work unit. Superior teams within the most advanced stages of development have attained a type
of team self-actualization. Higher levels of potency perceptions exist within those teams because
the team has the skills, as well as the beliefs, in its own abilities.
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Hass, Nicolette P. The power of teams: Do self-managing work teams influence managers' perceptions of potency?, thesis, December 2005; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4961/m1/30/: accessed May 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .