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Inventory, test, questionnaire or analysis?

The Belbin Self-Perception Inventory is referred to as a test, assessment, questionnaire, and various other terms. The reasons why we refer to it as an Inventory are below.

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Belbin uses the Self-Perception Inventory (SPI) which was formulated and developed by Dr Meredith Belbin, following extensive research at Henley Management College.

The inventory is made up of seven sections, each of which presents a different scenario to the candidate. The candidate allocates marks to the statements, according to how well they feel that a statement reflects their working style. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

We tend not to refer to Belbin as a test, since there are no right or wrong answers, only different Team Roles and different contributions to be made. Belbin aims to concentrate on strengths and positive contributions, so although weaknesses are identified, these are viewed as the flipside of displaying a Team Role strength. Armed with the language of Belbin Team Role Theory, the team can capitalise on an individual's strengths and manage weaknesses.

Similarly, we avoid the terminology "questionnaire," simply because the term implies either an opinion poll or a vague and non-research-based magazine questionnaire. It is an inventory rather than a questionnaire because all of the scores are very precisely logged, then processed, in order to produce the results in a Belbin report.

Team Role ANALYSIS

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Once submitted, responses to the Belbin SPI are analysed by interplace, which calculates and norms the individual profile against a large bank of data.

To produce a Belbin report, the SPI must go through this analysis at some point. There are no sanctioned self-scoring methods of the Belbin SPI and Belbin takes legal action against companies using unauthorised versions of the inventory. Please click on the copyright icon for further details.

Belbin Team Role REPORTS

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Self-Perception only

Upon completion of the Belbin Self-Perception Inventory, you will receive a six-page Self-Perception report, which includes:

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  • Team Role Overview
  • Your Team Role Preferences
  • Team Role Feedback
  • Maximizing your Potential
  • Feedback and Development Suggestions
  • Suggested Working Styles

Adding Observer Assessments

As well as the basic SPI, we recommend obtaining 360 degree feedback (or observer assessments) which can enhance your report. Please see our FAQs for more information. Once you have added four or more observer assessments, you will receive an ten-page report, including the pages listed above, plus:

  • Analysis of your Team Role Composition
  • Comparing Self and Observer Perceptions
  • Observed Team Role Strengths and Weaknesses
  • List of Observer Responses

More information on the reports can be found on our Team Role Report page.

N.B. Please note that observer words ticked are never attributed to individual observers. This is to encourage observers to be as honest as possible, with a view to forming a constructive and illuminating profile for the individual concerned.

How do I find out MY Team Role preferences?

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To find out which of the nine Team Roles you have a tendency towards and what this means in the workplace, the first step is to complete the Belbin Self-Perception Inventory.

This takes about 20 minutes to complete, and a report is automatically generated and sent back to you online. You can add depth and context to your report by asking people who work with you to complete an Observer Assessment. This will help you see not only which roles you prefer, but which ones your colleagues see and value!

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