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Belbin's Team Roles

BSWI500 Lecture 02/05/12

Dominic Chilvers

on 31 March 2014

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Transcript of Belbin's Team Roles

What Is A Team? A team is not a bunch of people with job titles, but a congregation of individuals, each of whom has a role which is understood by the other members. Members of a team seek out certain roles and they perform most effectively in the ones that are most natural to them. Dr M Belbin A TEAM IS:
A group of people with a set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job, or project. Team members
(1) operate with a high degree of interdependence,
(2) share authority and responsibility for self-management,
(3) are accountable for the collective performance, and
(4) work toward a common goal and shared rewards. DR. MEREDITH BELBIN Research with Mathematician Chess Master Anthropologist Organisational Psychologist TEAM ROLE The characteristic way a person behaves, contributes and interacts with others in teams Implementer Cool, arranged, focused on task
Hard worker with practical views and organisational talent
Trustworthy, punctual and dutiful
Lacks flexibility
Unresponsiveness to unproven ideas Resource Investigator Extravert, enthusiastic, adventurous
Networker, creating and maintaining contacts easily
Always searching for new chances and opportunities
Liable to lose interest once the initial fascination has passed Plant Soloist with a rich imagination
Creative thinker and free spirit
Original points of view
Find solutions outside the standard ways of thinking
Inclined to disregard practical details or protocol Monitor Evaluator Sensible, cautious and critical
Analytical, cool and unbiased
Knowledge driven
Makes thorough decisions based on positives and negatives
Lacks inspiration or the ability to motivate others Extravert and dynamic
Passionate and driven by will-power
Strong urge to succeed
Looks for challenges
Knows how to move people
Proneness to provocation, irritation and impatience Shaper Natural coordinator of people
Strives to develop proceducers
Clarifies intentions, summarises overall need
Has a useful antenna for talents of others
Not particularly intellectual or creative Co-ordinator Precise, thorough and accurate
Senses the horror scenario of failure
Monitors quality and safety
Provides relentless follow-through
A tendency to worry about small things
A reluctance to ‘let go’ Completer - finisher Kind and thoughtful
Focused on good atmosphere and supporting others to play their role
Possesses tact and diplomacy
Places team objectives above self interest
Indecisiveness at moments of crisis Teamworker Conducted extensive research in the late 1970's in Henley-on-Thames, England
Used business 'games' and psychometric tests with managers
Developed team roles theory
Wrote "Management Teams: Why they succeed or fail" (1981) which is still considered a key management text
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