A large part of understanding a team's success is rooted in
our analysis of the team's synergy. High performing
teams do not happen serendipitously. They must be built with understanding and
knowledge of the instinctive skills of every team member and their quantifiable
contribution to the outcomes of the team. Too much defense - no goals. Too many forwards, no defense. The right mix and measure is as much art as science. When it comes to getting that elusive synergy, the Kolbe A Index and the team
synergy analysis give an early warning report that can spell
success or failure for team process and outcomes.
Diversity in the composition
of a team is a vital step for defining a successful outcome. But how do you
define and then find that diversity? With team assessment results Kolbe defines the necessary ingredients
for team success through team synergy. A combination of 25% preventive instincts, 50% willing instincts and 25%
insistent instincts results in perfect synergy and a high degree of team
success. An imbalance of strengths results in challenges that could effect not only team success but the bottom line.
For instance, teams composed of all Insistent Fact Finders
and Resistant Quickstarts will torpedo a change initiative as they fight to avoid
chaos and understand the mandate and the research needed for completing their
goals. Similarly, teams of Insistent Quickstarts will create lots of great
ideas but may not have the instincts to follow thru or ask the important and
vital questions that need to be answered.
Symphony orchestras have spent the last couple of hundred years working at this. There has to be the right amount of violins to offset the double basses and there needs to be the right number of clarinets, oboes etc.
If your team seems to be composed of too many violins or too many forwards, a team synergy report has the value of helping to orchestrate the knowledge of what the team's raw strengths are and what that all important synergy looks like.
A winning formula for your team is within reach but don't tell the Leafs about me - I'm not a miracle worker!
The fall-out from an unsuccessful team initiative is wide
ranging. Business owners can be dismissed, budgets can be decimated and time
lines fall by the way-side. Morale and engagement suffers greatly as everyone
looks to understand what happened while not seeing the prescription for
Building strong teams, whether for general management of
organizations, new initiatives or change management opportunities require the
careful analysis of everyone's strengths to instinctively take action. Planning
your next team or looking at existing team synergy will lead you and your
organization to a more productive and profitable course of action - something
every team can be happy about.