July 04, 2013

P3– Working in a Team – Follow–up 1

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P3 - Working in a Team - Follow-up 1

Workshop Tutor: Trudy Hillier

Date: 23/06/2013

Having attended the Training Contract workshop, I operated closer to a shaper as oppose to a co-ordinator. The reason for this was that the timescale for the task was a brief 20 minutes which provided little time to identify others strengths and delegate activities. The group challenged involved an ethical conundrum in which our group had to decide who to save in priority order which could be based on personal information provided on each person. I allocated time slots for reading, coming up with a scale to assess priority, applying said scale to each survivor and finally ordering them chronologically and any final discussion for agreement.

During the task itself, I found myself having to keep focus on the task and time within the group to ensure we finished. On two occasions I had to cut off an MO for this reason but was sure to do it assertively and politely to avoid offending them and avoid the weaknesses of some shapers.

More interestingly, I took on the role of a plant which I had previously assumed was my least preferred role. This is partly due to my own ignorance in associating coming up with ideas and being creative with product development and more artistic endeavours. However, I proposed the point-scale system we used based on whether the survivor had dependents, their contributions to society and their general health/age. This was then developed by my team to operate within the time constraints given.


This has made me realise that Belbin’s roles are much more fluid than they appear and while I may have a preferred role that I feel most comfortable with, that is not to say that I cannot work effectively when taking on another role in a different context. Furthermore, having been equipped with the knowledge of team roles and remaining aware of this learning I feel much more confident within a team and I am sure that in the future I will be able to identify and utilise the talents of my team more effectively because of this.


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  1. Trudy Hillier

    Hi Sean – a really good example demonstrating Belbin’s theory in practice. Remember it is a preference based theory – the roles you have identified are what you would prefer to do in a team but you can also flex into differrent roles if they are missing and are needed by the team to achieve the task and a positive outcome. Good evidence. Trudy

    09 Jul 2013, 10:32


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