Having a functional, cohesive, efficient and productive team will contribute to a successful organisation. This Q&A with Anita Kropacsy from Corporate Challenge Events will explain how profiling can lead to a successful team.
Q: What is profiling?
Anita: Profiling is about the greater understanding of yourself, your staff, how your team can work more effectively as a unit and what else you may need in your team.
Q: How can a profile help an individual?
Anita: It’s a great tool for self-awareness and emotional intelligence as people will discover which behaviours maximise their effectiveness in their work and which behaviours hinder their effectiveness. These are insights that are valuable to know as part of a team and for an individual’s own professional and career development.
Q: How can a profile help a team?
Anita: Profiling enables the formation of a team that has an effective balance of profiles. It provides leaders and team members with an understanding on how to apply each other’s strengths and qualities to the best effect and when to involve different people in a task or project.
Q: How does profiling take a team to another level in performance?
Anita: When team members gain greater self and social awareness, such as understanding how they fit and are valued within a team, it leads to greater motivation, accountability, productivity and efficiency.
Q: What is a good team profiling tool to use?
Anita: One of the best models used today for profiling is Belbin. It has a simple structure to equip people with the knowledge on how to maximise each other to become a high performing and effective team. Belbin uses simple language and symbols to make the theory easy to remember and enables people to quickly understand and apply it to everyday tasks.
Q: What does a basic Belbin workshop involve?
Anita: Prior to a workshop, participants complete an online self-perception profile as well as the option of having a 360-degree profile submitted. This is where each person can get up to six people to provide feedback on their working style. At the workshop, which takes about three to four hours, our coaches review the personal profiles and lead a discussion on the way that each person prefers to work and how this can fit with everyone else. We then map the team to identify where it is strong and where there are weaknesses or blind spots in performance.
Anita Kropacsy, Corporate Training Manager – Corporate Challenge Events
Corporate Challenge Events is a specialist in corporate training, team profiling, team building, and corporate events planning.
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