Team theories, such as the one proposed by Belbin, are a vital method for creating or maintaining productivity when expanding beyond the individual.
Whether it is a single task, a large project or the growth of an entire company, team theory can assist in ensuring you create a cohesive, efficient and effective team rather than a group of isolated individuals.
In our modern day business environment, people can often be thought of as interchangeable units of work. Whilst it is sometimes the case that you can swap out one VP Sales for another, or one electronics engineer for another, these companies will not typically be doing anything innovative and will therefore eventually fail as a result since there are very few fields these days where staying still is an option.
In small companies, the role, ability and responsibility of every member of a team is clear. This clarity often disappears in large companies where groups and divisions are set up to make suitable management structures and individuals work towards performance metrics specific to their role rather than being based on the good of the company.
Even today, even for a company making the most high-tech products, the people involved and the teams they are formed into is of paramount importance to its effectiveness, output and success. People and teams make success, not ideas or products.
Creating a functioning team, or adding to an existing team to fill in gaps is more of an art than a science. Bringing together individuals to build a team can be hit and miss. However you cannot mistake a well built team from the energy levels, focus and output it generates.
It is made even harder because different personality types are motivated in different ways, not always financial and finding out how to keep each member happy is a critical part of the team’s success.
We can help create and/or motivate your teams to ensure you get most out of them while at the same time keeping each member of the team happy and fulfilled.
For additional information relating to team theory in start-ups and spin-outs please refer to that section of the web site.