What is Team Effectiveness? Why is Team Effectiveness Important?


To achieve success in a project, it is well known that all the members of the team must actively contribute and work cohesively. This process highly depends on the team's project manager for it is his responsibility to efficiently build his team. Team building is no easy task. Traditional ways of team managing no longer works effectively because exercise of power and authority and being tough does not drive the team to produce expected results. It has been observed that this kind of leadership style discourages the members of the team, fails to persuade the members of the team do their best and lead to attrition. Team building is an art and it is essential to know how people behave in groups, what drives the team to perform better and what motivates them to work cohesively.


To achieve success in a project, it is well known that all the members of the team must actively contribute and work cohesively. This process highly depends on the team's project manager for it is his responsibility to efficiently build his team. Team building is no easy task. Traditional ways of team managing no longer works effectively because exercise of power and authority and being tough does not drive the team to produce expected results. It has been observed that this kind of leadership style discourages the members of the team, fails to persuade the members of the team do their best and lead to attrition. Team building is an art and it is essential to know how people behave in groups, what drives the team to perform better and what motivates them to work cohesively.

A team is not a bunch of people with job titles, but a congregation of individuals, each of whom has a role that is understood by other members.

Dr Meredith Belbin

Why partner with CoachwithMadhu?


I help your team identify, address and enhance the aspects of team performance that are essential to your shared success. Via interviews and/or online surveys with stakeholders, I help you identify your team's strengths and opportunity areas. We co-create plans to leverage your team's strengths and address challenge areas to take your performance to an even higher level. I also facilitate powerful, results-oriented team meetings and offsites.

Being a Certified Belbin Team Role Facilitator, I understand the behavioural undercurrents present in the team and it's impact on the business results. My professional experience in working with and leading teams, helps me acknowledge the various challenges that a team confronts. I can help the team speak a common language, which helps to stay focussed on the team's purpose.

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When Should opt for Team Effectiveness Coaching?

The need for this program can occur when everyone on the team is new, or an established team has gained new team members. Using hands-on interactive simulation games and an assessment profile, teams gain a clearer sense of direction and responsibilities, while bolstering interpersonal relationships.

  • Your team is newly formed and you need to figure out how to work together
  • You've been together for a long time and are stuck in a rut
  • Your team is performing and delivering well but you know you can kick it up a notch
  • You are uncertain about how to deal with conflict between your employees
  • Your leadership team is struggling to work together
  • Your're about to face a big re-org and you need to keep your team focused, energized and productive
  • You want to deliver better results faster, and with less churn and stress

What You Can Expect from Team Effectiveness Coaching

You've worked hard to hire the right people with the right skill sets and experience. Now your job is to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts and help your team achieve outsized results. Here are some results you can expect from Team Effectiveness Coaching:

  • Alignment regarding your team's shared purpose and vision, clear goals, and plans to achieve those goals
  • Appreciation of each others' personalities/work styles, leading to better collaboration and productivity
  • Clear working agreements between team members based on your team's values
  • Clear roles and responsibilities, boundaries and performance expectations
  • Agreed-upon and well understood decision-making and problem-solving processes
  • Improved communication skills and processes, including giving and receiving feedback and resolving conflict
  • An environment of continuous improvement and learning
  • Stronger relationships and outstanding results

The Process of Team Effectiveness Coaching

The Process

Self-Perception Inventory

Each team member gets to assess himself/herself on how they behave and contribute

Observer Assessment

6 observers (peer, subordinates, superiors) assess you on how they see you behave and contribute in the team

Facilitation

The importance of behaviour is explained, each team role is studied in detail.

Team Reports debriefing

Each individual members of the team gets their individual report that contains, team role composition, maximizing potential and suggestions for development

Activity

An activity is deployed, to see how the team harnesses the awareness of their behavioural roles and that of the team members

Action

Individuals and team commit on what actions will they take to increase effectiveness.

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What are BELBIN Team Roles?

An effective way to assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of a team. Developed by Meredith Belbin in 1981, after years of study and has become one of the most accessible and widely used tools to support team building. Belbin describes a team role as "a tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way."

The team roles describe a pattern of behaviour that characterises one person's behaviour in relationship to another in facilitating the progress of a team. This approach enables an individual or team to benefit from self-knowledge and adjust behaviour according to the demands being made by the external situation.

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Understanding the Belbin Team roles can help in

  • Appreciation of existing team member's behaviours and contributions.
  • Effective Communication and conflict resolution.
  • Improved working relationship
  • Objective oriented team setting
  • Harnessing the potential of each team member
  • Bringing members of a new team together
  • Knowing your behavioural strengths and weaknesses and how it impacts the team.