In our rapidly-changing world, the need for effective teamwork is greater – and perhaps more urgent – than ever.
The migration to virtual and hybrid working opens up a number of opportunities – to overhaul talent deployment, and to break down the hierarchies which threaten effective working, so long as we attend to the difficulties in communication which may accompany such practices.
Almost thirty years on from the publication of the first edition of this book, it is immensely rewarding to celebrate the third edition as we reflect on the growth of Team Role theory and practice facilitated by our network of distributors and Belbin champions worldwide.
I extend my thanks to all.
Dr R Meredith Belbin. Originator of Belbin Team Role theory and Co-Author of Team Roles at Work, 3rd edition
Team Roles at Work is Meredith Belbin’s definitive, practical guide to applying Belbin Team Roles in real teams.
It’s the well-thumbed volume our trainers and consultants scribble on, highlight and take along to every course. And it’s a great place to begin deepening your understanding of Belbin theory in action.
In this work, Meredith describes how a Team Role language emerged and how we can use it to our advantage, to articulate our strengths and cultivate strategies for tackling conflict and other difficulties in our working relationships. In addition to answering these timeless questions, this new edition examines the application of Team Role theory to virtual teams, and the benefits of embracing behavioural diversity.
It has been a great pleasure to work with Meredith on this third edition and I hope that Team Roles at Work continues to spread the Belbin message across the globe.
Victoria Brown is Head of R&D at Belbin and co-author of Team Roles at Work, 3rd edition.
There are very few people that are called ‘management gurus’ in their own lifetimes, and I am honoured to know Dr Meredith Belbin as one such person.
He has long been considered a pioneer in the field and his extraordinary amount of work and research has contributed to the elevation of the study as a whole, enabling us to talk constructively about how people work together, and to act upon those discussions to build high-performing teams.
Team Roles at Work paves the way for managers, trainers, consultants, and HR professionals alike to put Belbin’s seminal thinking into practice.
This new edition marks the latest thinking from Belbin and his team, and also serves as a great testament to, and celebration of, his work.
Dr Marshall Goldsmith is the Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.