In this sponsored session by VMG, Jo explains the importance of understanding the strengths of each team member and how to create the best role for each member in the workplace. Belbin defines Team Roles as “a tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way”. By identifying team roles, we can ensure that we use everyone’s strengths to their fullest and ensure that any preferences are managed as best we can. The outcome will be a practice that celebrates and makes the most of individual differences and has a happy and engaged team. 

Jo starts the webinar by giving the first way we can better understand and harness the strengths of the team, determining what the team is there to achieve. If everyone in the team is aware of the goal and what they are aiming for, they will work together to achieve the same goal. If not, they are just a bunch of people working in different directions. 

The most successful teams are those with behavioural diversity, according to Belbin. There are 9 types of behaviours, each of which is needed at some point in order to grow as a team. Jo explains each of them. 

  1. Shaper  
  1. Implementer 
  1. Completer Finisher 
  1. Co-ordinator  
  1. Teamworker 
  1. Resource investigator  
  1. Plant 
  1. Specialist 
  1. Monitor evaluator  

The people in your team must recognise which behaviour they fall into, so that we can align the strengths of each person with the work that needs to be done. In addition, Jo gives us examples of, depending on what we want to achieve, which personality type is required and how we can use that personality type to our advantage. 

The Belbin method can also help us with conflict. Often there are conflicts between different team members, but if we understand the different types of behaviour, we can understand the way they think and work, helping to resolve any conflicts. 

Jo’s main advice is to ensure people are clear on what is expected of them and not to just rely on their job title. Another of her tips is to never underestimate the importance of the size of the team. Everyone should feel that their point is valid and that they are being heard, if numbers are too big it is very difficult to make everyone feel heard. 

As we are all different, Jo explains how we should treat everyone as they would like to be treated, not as we would like to be treated. Jo believes that this will enable everyone to do their best work. 

It was an excellent webinar where Jo touched on some very useful points. Don’t miss this webinar sponsored by VMG.