Building a strong team

April 9, 2018

 

In any team there will always be a mixture of personalities, working styles and behaviours.  Having a diverse team can be a huge advantage but it is essential that each individual is valued for their strengths and provided with challenges to develop their skills.

 

One way to help individual differences work effectively together is to invest in some team building.

 

When many people think of team building, they think of fun team activities such as raft building, paper towers and dropping raw eggs without breaking them.  These activities can be very effective in supporting and building team communication skills, strengthening relationships and developing problem solving skills.  However, there are also other valuable activities that you can integrate into your team building day(s).

 

There are a number of different models which look at individual personality types and behaviours and how they impact on team working.  There are hundreds of these models, so which one do you choose?

 

Here is a quick breakdown of a couple of well-known models:

 

Belbin Team Roles

Meredith Belbin studied team roles and his research led him to create 9 clusters of behaviour that are displayed in the workplace that individuals play to a greater or lesser degree.  Each role does not exclude the other roles but may be stronger or weaker in terms of individual preference and ability.

 

The 9 behaviours are:

 

·         Resource Investigator

·         Team-worker

·         Co-ordinator

·         Plant

·         Monitor Evaluator

·         Specialist

·         Shaper

·         Implementer

·         Completer Finisher

 

Research shows that the most effective teams are made up of a diverse mix of behaviours.  None of the roles above are specifically good or bad, each role has its strengths and weaknesses. 

 

By understanding the roles of individuals within a team, you can review team objectives, working out what tasks need to be undertaken and then look at which roles can be utilised for those particular tasks.


Strengths Deployment Inventory

The Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI) helps people understand how their motives drive their behaviours, how those motives and behaviours change during different situations, and how to develop a better understanding of the motive-driven behaviours of others. It’s an approach that drives stronger relationships and more effective teams.

 

SDI is very effective by helping individuals and teams develop the awareness and skills they need to build more effective personal and professional relationships. It helps them sustain those relationships by understanding the underlying motivations of themselves and others under two conditions – when things are going well and when there is conflict.  The approach helps people recognise they are free to choose behaviours that accommodate their values, while also taking into account the values of others.

 

If you are interested in discussing your team building requirements, please contact us using the contact form on the website or via email on tracyb6263@gmail.com 

 

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