On Tuesday, Sam Crawly – an associate of the Centre and chartered engineer – gave us a talk on something called the Belbin Team Roles. These are a set of nine roles that may or may not all be present in a team at any one time; ideally there should be at least one person per role on a team so that there is a wide behavioural base covered. These roles are then sorted into three broader categories – to make it easier to distribute like-minded people across tasks. The roles and their subsections are as follows:
- Co-ordinator – mature, confident, identifies talent, clarifies goals, delgates // can be seen as manipulative, offloads work share to tothers
- Teamworker – Co-operative, perceptive, diplomatic, listens and averts friction // indecisive in crunches, avoids confrontation
- Resource Investigator – outgoing enthusiastic, communicative, explores opportunities and develops contacts // over-optimistic, loses interest after initial enthusiasm
- Shaper – challenging, dynamic, thrives on pressure, driven and courageous // prone to provocation, offends others
- Completer Finisher – painstaking, conscientious, anxious, seeks error, polishes and perfects // worries and reluctant to delegate
- Implementer – practical, reliable, efficient, actions ideas and organised // inflexible to a degree and slow to new ideas
- Plant – creative, imaginitive, free-thinking, ideation is good, solving hard problems is good // ignores incidentals, pre-occupied to communicate
- Monitor Evaluator – sober, strategic and discering, sees all options and judges accurately // lacks drive and inspiration ability, can be too critical
- Specialist – singleminded, self-starting, dedicated, knowledgable and provides rare skill // contributes on a narrow front, dwells on technicalities
Sam told us that there are roles which we will find much easier to fill than others, and that they’re like behaviour guidelines for how to act in these roles. Sometimes in a project a team will need to cover more roles so people will switch; typical stages are and boosted roles are:
And for when the team is stuck in a rut, it’s often a good idea to see if the questions asked match up to any on this table (or similar):
Who Have I been?
During the campus tours project I would say the role I took was a mix of Resource Investigator and Completer Finisher. I mainly took the positive traits rather than the weaknesses of the RI because I was constantly feeding back into the group, getting everyone to communicate as much as possible so there was clarity on the concept; I was also really enthused in our ideation sessions and by our project by the end of it, while still trying out ideas that didn’t seem like they would work. The traits i took from the Completer finisher were more so my weaknesses throughout that project…while on one hand I spent the whole of the last day of the project just finishing it off, I said to the group that I would do it no problem. There was issue though in that there was too much for me to do alone, I just lacked the trust to be able to ask for help on any given item – worse still I never asked equity for it
I decided to take an online test to see where I am right now!
So the test wasn’t strictly team roles but they can be converted; I’m more of an innovator but very close to being an analyst and driver too – the innovator is akin to the plant, the analyst similar to monitor evaluator and the driver is kinda like a shaper…interesting to see they’re far from what I have played in the past…
Where do I want to Be?
Personally I’d really like to put my Plant role to the test because I see myself as a very outward thinker already and if I can get good at effectively bringing that to the table my ideation sessions could be super efficient. I also think I’m going to start working on overcoming my reluctance to let others do polishing and finishing work; in orcder to do this I need to get over the fact my thought that a project will get a bad mark if someone else submits it but that’s all a matter of trust.
This was kinda a set assignment but eh I liked it, it’s useful seeing where you personally feel you lie in comparison to a test! Soon I’ll talk about colour profiling, which is up and coming in HR and there are some really good tolls for it!\