I use Belbin Individual Reports and Team Reports as part of team development days and follow up activities. Usually hosted on site, teams complete their Belbin reports ahead of the day itself and we go through them and the model together. The main focus of that day is agreeing actions at each stage for the entire team – and we have a six month, and 12 month follow up with the team to see how those actions are progressing.
We also look at social styles and learning styles. Teams are fascinated to learn about themselves – and these tools are all there to help us facilitate individuals understanding themselves and others a little more. That learning enables us to be more productive and who wouldn’t want that?
From there, I run individual coaching sessions for members of the teams. We use the Belbin Individual Reports to take a really close look at each person – and this is where the real value starts to come through. There’s so much uptake for this because it is an opportunity to really think about our behaviours and how we – and others – are interacting. We look at how we can influence others in our team and how we can work more closely together. We even talk about how we can say “These are my strengths, can we look for opportunities to use them?” because that’s just not something that people usually mention in conversation!
This individual coaching session is also perfect as a reference point when someone is ready to look for their next challenge. We want it to be within the business – their Individual Report gives them ways to look for roles and projects which are most suited to their preferences, and also enables recruiting managers to consider how the person could potentially fit within their existing team, increasing the likelihood that it would have a positive outcome for everyone in the longer term.