I have worked with BeTalent for a number of years in talent assessment and analysis and they have just launched a new Team Insight tool which I am delighted to say they are offering free access to their questionnaire until the end of April through this link:
You will get a detailed team profile of yourself, which is fantastic for self-reflection and considering your key strengths and weaknesses. The report will identify what team types you are energised by and those which may frustrate you; as well as considering how you work under pressure; and your least preferred ways of working. If you are lucky enough to have a mentor or coach – what a great free tool to kickstart your self-development!
The use of teams has become ever more important to survive in the current Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world where change is unpredictable, there is uncertainty in issues facing businesses, there are difficult to understand causes inside and outside the organisation, and there is a lack of clarity on the meaning and impact of events (Sullivan, 2012; Kinsinger & Walch, 2012; Caron, 2009).
Teams can allow us to deliver extraordinary performance, which is why they are increasingly relied upon and form the fundamental unit in many organisations. In teams, we can work faster due to shared responsibilities, generate more creative and innovative ideas, increase shared knowledge and thus better manage risk than if we worked individually. The most effective teams tend to be made up of a range of individuals who contribute in different ways. Each person has different strengths and skills, and as no one has strengths in every area, teams provide a unique environment to fill our skill gaps by working with people who complement our strengths. Research has shown the benefits of diverse teams on working smarter, through focussing more on facts, processing facts more carefully and being more innovative (Rock & Grant, 2016).
In order to maximise the use of strengths in a team, it is important we understand our own and others strengths and weaknesses, as well as the team dynamics. Research shows working in familiar teams enhances team performance, and this may be due to the increased awareness of others strengths and weaknesses, shared experiences, and mutual understanding (Walgrove, 2017).
BeTalent’s new Team Insight Questionnaire allows you and your team to gain insight into your working styles, collaboration techniques and effectiveness as a team, in order to drive progress, innovation and the leveraging of talent, for the benefit of your team and organisation. This is an online ipsative, self-report questionnaire which is completed by individual team members. The Team Insight questionnaire was developed as a result of in depth research into what differentiates good and successful teams from exceptionally successful teams. We achieved this by identifying the core characteristics of extremely successful teams in a VUCA world, through investigating existing theories, models, published literature, and our products and white papers. This resulted in the identification of 15 independent Team Types that we recognised as being critical to effective team work and collaboration.
The BeTalent Team Insight questionnaire produces a computer-generated report which identifies your top team types of how you work within a team, how you interact with other team types, the risk of overusing any top attributes when under pressure, understanding other team types for development, and reflection on your team profile. The results you receive can be delivered in a feedback session with an accredited user of the Team Insight questionnaire in your organisation, to gain maximum benefit.
Should you be interested to use and deliver feedback on this tool within your organisation, BeTalent offers interactive and engaging accreditation training webinars to become an accredited user in the Team Insight questionnaire. This covers the Team Insight background and research, interpreting the report, how to provide feedback and navigate difficult conversations, and a final accreditation questionnaire. To find out more about our accreditation training please visit http://betalent.com/SitePage?id=88