If you have been watching this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, then you will no doubt have seen many examples of teams working together and employing individual strengths to achieve an overall aim – not least in the Curling, where every team member has a specific, important role to play. This ability to play to individuals’ strengths is exactly what Harrogate-based gas supplier CNG, wanted to develop when they employed Azure Consulting. This piece of work included 25 team leaders in the business completing the Team Management Profiles (TMPs) and then taking part in a workshop to explore the implications of the profiles, facilitated by ourselves.
The TMP is a tool produced by TMSDI that allows individuals to discover what role they like to play in a team, where they prefer to focus their energies and why they might be motivated by certain types of work but not others. Individuals respond to questions that give them scores across four scales (Extroversion/Introversion, Practical/Creative, Analytical/Beliefs-driven, and Structured/Flexible). People are able to see their preferred roles they like to fill at work on the wheel below. This allows teams to see not only where they have lots of people with similar preferences, but also where there are any gaps. In addition, highlighting employees’ work preferences allows for better informed decisions when allocating tasks and better communication, leading to happier, more effective teams.
CNG are a big fan of the benefits the profiles can bring to the business, having already completed them with the Leadership Team and Management Team. This event extended the opportunity to Team Leaders from a wide range of functions in the business. Each individual who completed the profile then attended a one-day workshop, where they not only learned about their own preferences by taking time to read their in-depth reports, but also learned about those of others. Participants engaged in conversations as individuals and groups, focused on how to work best with (and get the most out of) those with similar or different preferences. The day was overflowing with energy and enthusiasm, with CNG’s team leaders eager to learn how to apply their own preferences to their roles and work out how to get the best out of one another.
Participants believed the learning would prove hugely beneficial for CNG, with feedback including:
- “I learned a lot about myself. I’m keen to take it back to my team so we can work to each other’s preferences”
- “I didn’t expect the profile to be quite so accurate and detailed!”
- “I think this day is really going to help our team and improve our working relationships”