Thanks to the Predictive Index Behavioral Assessment, we know our leadership style. But, we wanted to also understand who we are as a team, what type of strategy we are pursuing and how to optimize our team's chances of success. Talent optimization platform Predictive Index did the math.
The result was not as we expected.
We are four individual profiles with their style:
🔺 Hans in the upper left quadrant 'supportive, transparent, sympathetic'
🔺 David and Gerrit in the upper right quadrant 'visionary, innovative, and risk-oriented'
🔻 Veerle in the lower quadrants, at the intersection of 'intense, competitive, driven' and 'efficient, coordinated, and well-organized.'
77% of people on Exploring teams report that their team excels in making decisions as a group.
Potential blind spots
30% of people on Exploring teams report that their team does not communicate effectively.
Self-aware teams understand their strongest tendencies and blind spots and take action accordingly. Exploring teams can take advantage of their strengths while addressing their shortcomings.
Communication: Improve internal communications
Internal communications are just as important as the conversations you have with prospects and clients. Share client feedback and market needs with all team members who produce your products and/or services. Ensure there are no silos barring conversations between departments that should be working closely.
Conflict Resolution: Identify solutions together
Conflict can arise when teammates committed to their ideas can't agree on which to prioritize. Bring employees together to 'sell' why their idea should be the primary focus - then work together to identify the best solution. When you can, meld pieces from each idea together to make something even better.
Teamwork: Amplify quieter voices
Reflective and collaborative individuals may feel like their voice isn't heard on a fast-moving team of people who enjoy making decisions and talking things out. Pause meetings to ask, "Would anyone who hasn't had a chance to speak like to add anything?" You can also check in with them during 1-on-1 meetings.
Producing strategies seek to acquire new customers and build a strong reputation.
Organizations with this strategy make a name for themselves by outshining the competition. They utilize tactics around pricing, quality, and delivery of products or services, and they set processes to unify teams. They pursue innovations only if they add value to current offers - or help distinguish them from the competition.
Success is about market penetration and market share.
And then ..., we selected five objectives:
The last three are in the 🔻lower right quadrant Results & Discipline, while there is only one of us intrinsically driven by results & discipline.
⚡Utter silence when we realized our dream team is not aligned to the company strategy anymore ⚡
What to do next? Stretch a few people, add more befitting profiles to the team, ignore these insights, and hope for the best, ...?
We don't know yet. But we'll figure it out. In a few weeks, the four of us will be enjoying a couple of days off-site: doing Predictive Index team exercises is already scheduled. And some wining & dining 😉
An update will follow before the end of 2021.
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