Belbin® Team Role Profiling

Accredited Belbin® Profiling

At Tangram we specialise in profiling teams using Belbin® Team Roles. The profile itself is an online questionnaire developed by Dr Meredith Belbin and, we believe, is probably the most effective tool for working out team dynamics available. The results will give a clear indication of preferences against the nine team roles and can help in predicting team performance.


The Belbin® Team Roles

With so much evidence that businesses perform better when their key players focus on their strengths and address or outsource their weaknesses Belbin® catches this current thinking perfectly. Through years of observed research both in academia and business, Belbin® has proved extensively that identifying preferences for the nine Belbin® team roles can be an effective way to predict and improve team performance.


The Nine Team Roles

Belbin Team Roles: Plant

The first Team Role to be identified was the “Plant”. The role was so-called because one such individual was “planted” in each team. They tended to be highly creative and good at solving problems in unconventional ways.


Belbin Team Roles: Monitor Evaluator

One by one, the other Team Roles began to emerge. The Monitor Evaluator was needed to provide a logical eye, make impartial judgements where required and to weigh up the team’s options in a dispassionate way.


Belbin Team Roles: Co-ordinator

Co-ordinators were needed to focus on the team’s objectives, draw out team members and delegate work appropriately.


Belbin Team Roles: Resource Investigator

When the team was at risk of becoming isolated and inwardly-focused, Resource Investigators provided inside knowledge on the opposition and made sure that the team’s idea would carry to the world outside the team.


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Implementers were needed to plan a practical, workable strategy and carry it out as efficiently as possible.


Belbin Team Roles: CF

Completer Finishers were most effectively used at the end of a task, to “polish” and scrutinise the work for errors, subjecting it to the highest standards of quality control.


Belbin Team Roles: Teamworker

Teamworkers helped the team to gel, using their versatility to identify the work required and complete it on behalf of the team.


Belbin Team Roles: Shaper

Challenging individuals, known as Shapers, provided the necessary drive to ensure that the team kept moving and did not lose focus or momentum.


Belbin Team Roles: Specalist

It was only after the initial research had been completed that the ninth Team Role, “Specialist” emerged. The simulated management exercises had been deliberately set up to require no previous knowledge. In the real world, however, the value of an individual with in-depth knowledge of a key area came to be recognised as yet another essential team contribution or Team Role. Just like the other Team Roles, the Specialist also had a weakness: a tendency to focus narrowly on their own subject of choice, and to prioritise this over the team’s progress.



Why Belbin® Team Roles

The great thing about the team roles is that there is no right or wrong answer and everyone has a critical role within a team. It does not put people in rigid boxes, as people's team roles may change over time. It is also based on observation as well as substantial research. It has also been updated regularly and the reports are of a good quality. All in all it really makes a difference to the way people work.


Belbin® Team Roles - Workshops

Workshop Overview

The Belbin® profiles would be carried out online prior to the workshop. This then allows us to design and implement a tailored workshop to meet you needs.


Workshop Objectives

This programme will achieve the following;

  • Managers and teams will think differently about themselves and their team members
  • For the team to work effectively recognising their own strengths and weaknesses - and how these can be exploited or worked around
  • Understand the importance of differences within the team and how it affects performance
  • Recognise how the sum of the team parts may be more valuable than the individuals working on their own
  • Give a strong insight into team members team role preferences and how they can use this effectively in their roles
  • Understand how to effectively communicate with each of the team roles
  • Give greater emphasis to the allocation of roles in team tasks
  • Identify the key shape of the team in terms of team roles and also any team Achilles heel.


Workshop Content

A typical half or full day:

  • Programme Objectives and aims
  • The Theory and background to Belbin® Team Roles
  • Understanding the individual Belbin® Profile
  • Exercise 1 - Energisers
  • Stages of team development
  • Team Exercise 2 - Supply Chain
  • Playing to our strengths as a team
  • What sort of people would we recruit to balance a team
  • What is our team Achilles heel
  • Team Exercise 3 - Make a Million
  • Peak performing teams
  • Team Exercise 4 - Chain Reaction
  • Wrap Up.

Please call us now on 0845 680 6109 to speak to one of our team about how we can help you to achieve your vision.

Alternatively please email us at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING with your ideas, aims and objectives and again one of our team will call you back to chat further about how we can help you to move forward.