Our organizations rely on work getting done by teams. We look to these groups to show leadership, be creative, resolve conflict, build on each other’s strengths, and work toward a common vision. But it can be hard at times, even for the most productive teams.
THREE OPTIONS for TEAMS
1. Everything DiSC® resources for teams
Teams need support, evaluation and time for reflection just as individuals do. You might already know about the benefits of using Everything DiSC with teams: better communication, increased understanding, reduced unproductive conflict.
"A team DiSC assessment is a great way of identifying the individual personalities within your team, and how you work best together. We tried this at WorkflowMax and the results were surprising - our marketing team were all completely different personality types."
Teams typically begin with Everything DiSC Workplace®.
Comparison Reports show strengths, challenges and relationship behaviors of any two people on the team. You can compare any two people who have taken any of the Everything DiSC Profiles with two 10-page reports, one for each person. Free with an EPIC account.
Team members can compare themselves with others who have taken an Everything DiSC assessment and signed up for an MyEverythingDiSC account. Groups can also create group maps and get tips for working better with people in that group.
Group reports are available to the facilitator get even more insights into a team.
2. Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®
Is your team part of your organization’s competitive advantage? Or is it slow about making decisions, shy about making waves, mired in politics or posturing? Are meetings boring, wasteful or explosive? Maybe your team is doing OK, but could be more cohesive, better at meeting commitments and holding each other accountable. The Five Behaviors™: Team Development can help.
includes Everything DiSC and adds questions based on Patrick Lencioni’s model from his best-selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
. It evaluates how well the team members believe they and the team are performing. It addresses issues of trust, conflict, commitment, accountability and results.
To optimize effectiveness, teams debrief on their results and engage in facilitated discussions around each topic. The program works best with intact teams who have been working together for at least a short while. We recommend using a skilled facilitator for this program as the Five Behaviors journey takes a commitment of time and emotion.
The Five Behaviors™: Personal Development teaches individuals to become better teammates by integrating Patrick Lencioni’s model at the organizational level. Personal Development was designed specifically to work for individuals; participants do not all need to be part of the same team. Rather, participants can carry the takeaways of this program from one team to the next, enabling a culture of teamwork. Learners at all levels of an organization can benefit from this program and adopt its powerful principles, shape behaviors, and create a common language that empowers people to rewrite what it means to work together.
See also: Everything DiSC Workplace or Five Behaviors?
3. Team Dimensions
If you have a few employees struggling with teamwork or have new people you want to form into a team, Team Dimensions can help. This profile helps individuals work from their strengths by identifying their most natural team role. It can also highlight areas in which a new team might struggle.
Individuals will receive a report that identifies their preferred role on a team: creator, advancer, refiner, executor, or flexer. Not only will they learn about the strengths they can bring to a team, they'll also gain insight into how they might be perceived by others and how they can work better with others.
Team leaders will find the profile helpful when leading a new team. Leaders will identify where they're most comfortable and how to look out for focusing too long in that area. They'll gain insight into what tasks a member might need coaching and where to watch for stress on the team.
How does this differ from learning about your DiSC style and how to work with other styles?
The focus for this profile is on teamwork, team roles and topics such as meetings and time management. The report introduces the team to the “Z” process—the sequence of states that most team projects follow. It explores common issues of teams: communication, meetings, time management, and team roles. Team members learn what behaviors they might expect from other team members and how best to work with them.
Choosing between Everything DiSC Workplace and Team Dimensions is a matter of identifying your greatest needs. Many organizations use both. Everything DiSC describes who you are; Team Dimensions describes what you do and the talents you bring to a team.