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Inner Development Goals

Inner Development Goals and The Belbin Model

Enhancing Inner Development Goals in the workplace

through the Belbin Model and Reports

The Inner Development Goals (IDG) framework is a new and holistic approach to personal growth. It’s a simple and insightful open-source model from the not for profit IDG organisation in support of the UN’s strategic global goals for sustainable development.

It emphasizes five fundamental dimensions: Being, Thinking, Relating, Collaborating, and Acting. Belbin has been pragmatically supporting these developmental aspects in workplaces for decades via various other epithets. This new framework offers leaders another way to express such useful development aims in the workplace that support a healthy and better developed world.

Within a workplace Belbin provides practical insights into individual behaviour, team roles, interpersonal dynamics, and personal strengths via individual and team development, workshops and the emerging field of team coaching.


1. Being: Understanding Self through Belbin's Self-Perception Inventory


The first dimension of the IDG framework, 'Being,' involves self-awareness and understanding one's identity. The Belbin Model aids in this process through its Self-Perception Inventory, a tool designed to help individuals identify their preferred team roles and behaviours at work.


2. Thinking: Leveraging Cognitive Styles with Belbin's Team Role Reports


The 'Thinking' aspect of IDG focuses on cognitive development and the ability to think critically and creatively. Belbin's Team Role Reports delve into the cognitive styles of individuals within a team. Whether one is a Plant, Resource Investigator, or Monitor Evaluator, the insights provided by these reports enable individuals to harness and express their thinking preferences effectively.



3. Relating: Building Effective Interpersonal Relationships through Belbin's Interpersonal Styles


The 'Relating' dimension of IDG highlights the importance of interpersonal skills and building meaningful connections. Belbin's Interpersonal Styles shed light on how individuals interact with others within a team. Understanding one's dominant interpersonal style and recognizing those of team members facilitates more effective communication, collaboration, and relationship-building.



4. Collaborating: Maximizing Team Dynamics through Belbin's Team Reports


Collaboration is central to the IDG framework, emphasizing effective teamwork. Belbin's Team Role Reports have been helping with this for decades. They provide a comprehensive overview of individual strengths and potential pitfalls in a team setting. Team Reports show the team’s chemistry and offers useful advice on how to enhance it.



5. Acting: Translating Intentions into Action with Belbin's Action Plans


The 'Acting' dimension of IDG emphasizes the importance of translating intentions into concrete actions. Belbin's ability to help teams see innovation as a ‘whole team affair’ can be instrumental in this process, helping individuals and teams set and achieve goals based on their identified strengths. These plans serve as a roadmap for personal and professional development, aligning individual aspirations with the broader objectives of the team.

By addressing the dimensions of Being, Thinking, Relating, Collaborating, and Acting, Belbin's tools empower individuals to gain self-awareness, leverage their cognitive styles, build effective relationships, maximize team dynamics, and translate intentions into actions.



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