Success in any organization today rests heavily upon how well we perform as a team. Most people accept that a champion team will beat a team of champions—but how do you create a champion team?
Unfortunately, effective teams never just happen, they have to be built. Usually, this building process has to be done extremely carefully and has to be customized to the particular needs of each team.
Before looking at the ways a particular team can define its own needs, we need to adopt a specific definition of a team. For our purposes, a team is regarded as no smaller than 3 people and no larger than 20 people in the organization. Usually the team exists around a common purpose or goal in the way that it works or performs. The team also has to see itself as a team, either by meeting regularly or by sharing experiences regularly.
As a result, teambuilding can be applied to an old or new team, a temporary or permanent team, or even a team formed specifically to achieve one simple goal in a very short time frame of a few weeks.
In every case, the team needs to be built step-by-step to ensure that it performs to its highest potential.
The Teambuilding Effectiveness Profile is a competency-based diagnostic instrument to help individuals determine their ability to build teams more effectively. To do this, the instrument breaks the subject down into seven key competencies for teambuilding. This allows participating individuals to assess their current ability at a detailed level, and then determine which competencies require more attention or focus to improve.
Each competency area in the Teambuilding Effectiveness instrument uses 12 questions to assess current overall competence, for a profile total of 84 questions. Each question stands alone, and can be combined with others to build a customized improvement or development plan that includes those competencies that are weakest.
The Teambuilding Effectiveness instrument comes with interpretation notes to help participants understand more specifically how they can improve weaker areas. The ability to provide any in-depth analysis and feedback from the questionnaire and notes alone is limited. This guide serves as an important resource.