December 01, 2011

P3_Portfolio_Working in a Team


in this blog I would like to reflect on a workshop from Warwick Skill Portfolio - P3 - Working in a Team, which was held by Trudy Hillier on November 16, 2011.

I am glad that I have attended this workshop because it was like a mirror in a some strange way. I was surprised how accurate the Belbin test which we were given on the Workshop was. Also I found it very useful for the future because now I'm looking at some things differently, especially when creating a picture about people. If I see someone to behave in a strange way, I ask myself a question - why is he doing this? And actually I realized that now I am trying to use Belbin system in such situations.

Here are listed the 9 team roles with my percentage:

PL - 100
RI - 0
CO - 28
SH - 58
ME - 10
TW - 0
IMP - 97
CF - 70
SP - 94

What really strikes me is the combination of my strong preferences, especially planner with implementer and specialist. Also two manageable roles are interesting - Co-ordinator (28) and Shaper (58).

Well, I was thinking about what to do with these information, how to use them in the future. When I had read the description of my profile, I realized that it really is accurate, especially the part about where I am most efficient and what part of the working process I enjoy most.

One particular question made me think:

How should I make the best out of my profile?

"... In you particular case, there is one area where you may need some help or support. You do not appear to be comfortable when taking orders from others. Remember there will be times when you cannot take the lead or take on a high profile role. So here you wll need to discipline yourself. If you succeed in doing so, you will become more generally acceptable and will encounter fewer enemies."

Well, I was thinking, what action point set according to this advice? I think in this sentence is a big truth and I will definitely have to work on it.

I don't know exactly how to set the goal, but let's say:

When it comes to project work, group work, or group discussions, I will try to analyze the types of all members, I will try to support such role that is missing within the team (especially those that are manageable - CO, SH) rather than taking the leading role.

I know that we are supposed to set three action points, but I just can't see any other. Trudy do you have any idea or suggestions?

Thank you for reading the blog and I'm looking forward to you respond.



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  1. Trudy Hillier

    Hi Natalia – thank you for your reflective comments on participating in the workshop – your preferred roles are Plant (not Planner), Implementer, Completer Finisher and Specialist. Your Co-ordinator score is under 30 so this is indicating a role to be avoided – your development role is Shaper.

    In your action points you need to think about how your are going to give specific examples that relate to your goal – you could comment on your observations of other team members – for example have you RI’s, TW’s or CO’s in your project team or group and what is their contribution? Your could also give examples of where you play to your team strengths and the benefits that brings to a project team or group. What happens when you choose not to play a leading role to you and to your group – this would make good reflective evidence.


    05 Dec 2011, 13:56

  2. Dear Trudy,

    Apologies for not responding for such a long time. Since my last respond the time has flown so fast that I did not even realize the time gap between my posts.

    Well, I was thinking about the action points. Interestingly, in the second term of the 1st year at wbs, we undertake a module called: Business Planning – Integrative Project. 400 students are divided into group of 6. Each group has to come up with a business idea, prepare business plan, blue print, presentation,etc.

    I was thinking that I can use this module for my action points. To be more concrete:

    1. I will read more about Belbin’s analysis of teams.
    2. In our group sessions, I will make my own list of observations, I will try to categorize other people’s preferences so I will be able to identify the gaps which I can fill.

    3. Our group has to choose a leader. I have noticed that in our group, there is another person – very dominant and proactive in terms of leadership. Due to the fact that I like to have control over the things (and I am usually the initiative one who motivates people), I will let him to take the leadership, so I can act as recommended in the Belbin’s profile summary which we were given during your workshop.

    ... “Remember there will be times when you cannot take the lead or take on a high profile role. So here you wll need to discipline yourself. If you succeed in doing so, you will become more generally acceptable and will encounter fewer enemies.”

    How does it sound to you? I think, it might be a useful excercise.

    Thank you for reading Trudy and I will keep you posted with my progress!


    15 Jan 2012, 09:53

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