It’s party time and everyone has a role to play. If you are a manager, are you allocating the right jobs to the right member of your team?

Co-ordinator

The reason why everyone knows what they’re doing and feels up to the job at hand.

Plant

The reason why you’re all going to some quirky location you’ve never heard of.

Monitor Evaluator

The reason why you’re not going to the Plant’s first suggestion.

Resource Investigator

The reason why everything is coming in under budget. Who knew they were owed so many favours?

Implementer

The reason why everyone will turn up at the same time, at the same venue, with their transport home already booked. Organised 23 diaries, opinions and sets of dietary requirements – with a little help from the Teamworker and the Specialist of course!

Completer Finisher

The reason why everyone will be arriving at 7pm on the 22nd, not the 12th. You'd have thought the team would have learned their lesson after last year’s fiasco.

Teamworker

The reason there is still going to be a party after the ‘fall-out’ from the Plant and Monitor Evaluator during the ‘brain storming stage’. Is also handling the political ramifications of the Secret Santa with aplomb.

Specialist

The reason everyone found their way to the Plant’s off-piste restaurant. They love London so much, they spent their evenings learning ‘The Knowledge’. Handy.

Shaper

The reason the whole thing came off. There was just too much Christmas cheer at the planning meeting, and things were heading off-schedule. They all blamed the sherry trifle.

 

Could you identify yourself and your colleagues? Why not treat yourself to a Belbin Individual Report to check!

(Remember we are all a wonderful mix of all these nine Belbin Team Roles - this is just for a bit of Christmas fun!) 

Related Reading

A Case Study  Anthony O'Hara is an Organisational Development Business Partner at FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies (FDB). His role requires him to be the organisation’s critical friend – he works to help the business improve through utilising the people within it for best performance. As a Belbin Accredited Practitioner, I intended to ask him about his work with Belbin tools but you’ll see that we talked about so much more than just that!

Team Work in Care Homes: In a care home setting, team work is key in offering consistent, high quality care to residents. The majority of care home employees rely on one another to do their jobs effectively; the better a team works together the better results they produce. Tracy Powley explains the theory behind team work and discusses how to help a team work well together.

Belbin and Project Teams Project teams are a perfect storm of difficulties, and can present myriad problems to managers. It may be tempting to ignore the ‘people’ element and focus on getting the work done, especially when odds are already stacked against projects running on time, but doing so only exacerbates the problems that are bound to arise.

Hitting the Mark This case study from our colleague, Anders N. Reichborn, in Norway introduces an innovative and informative way to illustrate how Team Role balance affects a team’s focus, and ultimately, its performance.

 

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