A team is a group of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.

In assembling a good team, one needs to strike a balance between the crippling nature of ‘’sameness’’ and the chaotic nature of diversity.

Team vs. Group

To be successful, startup founders need to move beyond being a group and become a team.

A group comprises three or more individuals working independently of one another towards their organizational goals.

A team comprises two or more individuals working together regularly towards a shared goal or purpose.

Why do you need to team? A team brings synergy. A team is greater than the sum of its parts.

Assigning Team Roles

According to Belbin, there are three main preferences for teams – action, thinking, and relationships. Every team must have at least one member in each role. This diversity will balance the weaknesses of each role (as enumerated in the table below) and make for a more cohesive team.

PREFERENCEROLESSTRENGTHSWEAKNESSES
ActionShaper Implementer Completer FinisherDriven Organizer ConscientiousRude
Inflexible Perfectionist
PeopleCoordinator Team worker Resource investigatorChairperson Diplomatic ExplorerManipulative Defers to others Loses momentum
CerebralPlant Monitor evaluator SpecialistOriginal ideas Strategic ExpertImpractical Critical
Narrow

Action Steps

  • Get each person on your team to take the Belbin team inventory test and ascertain what his or her roles and preferences are.
  • Conduct regular team-building exercises for your team to build cohesion and team spirit.
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