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Team Dimensions: Putting Together an Effective Team

In order for a company to be successful, it needs to maximize the productivity of each employee. Most of today’s companies are realizing that teams are the key to helping each employee achieve their potential. There are certain work roles in which people tend to be naturally comfortable. These natural roles are defined as creator, generates ideas; advancer, communicates ideas; refiner, challenges ideas; executor, implements ideas; and there is also the role of flexor, someone who has strengths in all fields and is able to fill in as needed. Maximum productivity is easily achieved when there is a person to function in each of these work roles.

Although some people are equally talented at everything they do, it is more likely that your employees have talents in specific areas. Chances are that they focus their time and energy into those areas. With teams and communication being key components of today’s work environment, why not make use of the talent available by grouping employees together to form one effective unit? The responsibility of forming cohesive teams usually falls to the managers who interact with their employees daily. However, many managers have a very busy schedule and are not always able to see the areas in which their employees excel. That’s where the Team Dimensions Profile comes in. This assessment will help your managers put together an effective team by identifying employees’ natural team roles and putting them in a position to use their skills to maximize productivity.

Of course people are not one dimensional, so these roles are not concrete. For instance, one employee who focuses heavily on analysis may fall in the category of refiner, but also have tendencies towards executor, meaning they are also good at seeing the realities and are able to put a creator’s ideas into a concrete plan. Teams having a balance of employees able to satisfy each role will be invariably more productive than those that don’t. Naturally there are times when employees have to be stretched beyond their preferences, especially at smaller companies. However, an understanding of the other roles may help an employee communicate with others better and easily step into different work roles when called upon.

Understanding how people perform in a team atmosphere will give valuable insight into their work habits and contributions to the team process. When managers know their employees’ natural tendencies and preferences, they can assign work roles accordingly, making their teams effective and their company more productive.

Eric Fox
Sr. Customer Service Representative