High Performance Teamworking
Putting a group of people together does not create a team. Team leaders need to take positive action if they are to convert a group into a team.
Our experience, however, is that team leaders rarely know how to enable effective teamworking but when we have the chance to explain our 'High Performance Teamworking' model it all makes sense.
When working with clients on building teams, alongside our model we also introduce some of the thinking of Patrick Lencioni whose work on The 5 dysfunctions of a team is both interesting and inspirational.
Belbin's Team Roles
At Aurora we are licenced by Belbin UK to work with Team Roles and we invariably build this into our work with clients on teamworking. 'Belbin' has been around for many years and is used by thousands of organisations around the world. It is based on a framework of 9 Team Roles: Completer Finisher, Plant, Shaper, Resource Investigator, Implementer, Monitor Evaluator, Coordinator, Teamworker and Specialist.
As the theory goes, a team is likely to need all, or most of, the Team Roles to be present if it is to perform effectively. But Team Roles has uses that go way beyond team building. It can also be useful for:
- Helping with recruitment, selection and promotion
- Understanding our own and others' strengths and limitations
- Dealing with harmful conflict