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Making the Theoretical Relevant

One question we are asked on a regular basis:

“I’ve done Belbin with the team – what do I do now?”

Of course, this is a question without a stock answer as there are so many variables; what is the objective of the team; why was Belbin used initially; what were the predicted outcomes; what were the actual outcomes; how has any learning been implemented…?

We really need to back up a level.

Do the team understand:

  • Why they need to be high-performing?

  • Why they need to have alignment and clarity with their goals and objectives?

  • Why communication and collaboration are so crucial?

  • Where the team objectives fit in with the over-riding company strategy?

  • How each team member contributes and why they are needed?

Unless the team understands the NEED to be the best team they possibly can be, they will not see the need to spend time working at being a team.

The team needs their WHY.

Without it, training and development just doesn’t stick. This is why sometimes Belbin (or insert any other team development tool) is seen as theoretical; a classroom exercise. Which is why it doesn’t stick. And why we get asked – what do I do now?

It is our job to make the theoretical relevant.

How do we do this?

Start from the top. Cascade the strategy down to an individual and team level – what is required from the team, and what role does each individual need to play.

Create a feeling of, “What? We’re going to have to do this? OK – please can we have some team development because without any I’m not sure if we can succeed.”

Make team development the vital link between strategy and execution.

Make the theoretical relevant.

Contact us to find out how. We can work with you and your team, or give you the knowledge and skills to be able to turn your teams in to high-performing teams.

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