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Why not work smarter as a team in 2024?  Discover evidence-based team insights from Belbin



What do you want to achieve this year? Working on an important new project? Need to communicate more effectively to stop things slipping through the cracks? Is the right work reaching the right people?

 

Belbin is a proven and effective tool to help refocus and energise your team as we all look forward to a new year, and the Belbin Team report is a truly great place to start.

 

The reports offer an evidence-based insight into the chemistry of a team, a ‘diagnostic’ of your team – its strengths, potential pitfalls and useful advice and suggestions and to help you work far smarter.

 

At Sabre and Belbin, we will collate and analyse individual and team data to produce a tailored Team Report, giving you a useful overview of team traits, strengths and weaknesses.

 

What can a Team Report can do for your team?


Understand your team’s culture




Whether your team is brand new or well established, it’s important to begin with the fundamentals: your strengths and weaknesses as a team.

In new teams, there are lots of unknowns. In established teams, there can be complacency and assumptions – implicit social contracts which go unchallenged.

 

The Team Role Averages page offers a concise overview of the team’s Team Role make-up, along with practical insight into best- and worse-case scenario for the team.

 

The Overall Observer Responses drills down into some useful detail, examining team culture in terms of the most commonly-ticked words and phrases for the team and how they see themselves.

 

Does the team agree with the comments here? Are there any surprises? Anything they would wish to change?

 

Make strengths-based working your everyday ‘go-to’




Belbin is a wonderful tool, but like any great tool, it only works if you stick at it.

 

Once you know the strengths in your team, the Team Circle an ideal way to bring Team Role strengths clearly and pragmatically into meetings, project planning and more.

 

This page gives you a clear view of strengths in the team, so that you can see where the surplus and deficit might be in contributions to the team. It could be that some team members are called on to play other roles in their arsenal, for the sake of the team.

 

If people need to shift roles or form sub-teams to work on particular projects, it’s useful to draw up a Team Role Circle to be specific about who is doing what, to manage expectations and identify any potential difficulties the team might encounter.


Delegate more effectively



Are you delegating enough or too much within the team? Are you ensuring that the right work lands with the right person? The Potential Contributions report page lets you to dive deeper into the workings of the team, by identifying how you might distribute work based on Team Role strengths.


Are there any gaps? If so, is this kind of work required and how can the team address what’s missing?

 

Future-proof the team



The new year provides opportunity to look forward and consider the team’s future needs, especially in areas such as recruitment and succession planning.

 

Comparisons Between Individual and Team offers insights into the team’s dependency on certain individuals to make certain contributions. The larger the gap between the highest-scoring individual and the team’s average, the more likely the team is to be dependent on that one person to fulfil that role / make certain contributions.


This page can help the team (or its manager) to strategise about how to share knowledge, develop particular strengths in others or seek out resources in the team or further afield.


Need more?


You can find plenty of articles and team session ideas on this site, or by calling or emailing us.


Just contact our friendly team for more support and information.


T - 1300 731 381


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