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Using Belbin Team Roles to create inclusive teams.

Updated: May 17

Belbin Team Roles were introduced to me many years ago by my dear friend and mentor Juanita Wijnands. Finally this year, I decided to become certified by Belbin© in Singapore under the guidance of Dr. Philip Merry.


Philip and I had crossed paths a number of time over the past 10 years. I am grateful for this opportunity to learn from his vast experience working with teams all over the world for the past ... many years.


Belbin© Team Roles help team members gain awareness on Team Role contributions and understand the importance of different working styles. It helps people both at an individual and team level.


Individuals

  • gain deeper understanding of their own strengths and preferences,

  • get insights on how they are perceived by their peers

  • become aware of their blind spots through a 360 assessment.

Teams

  • map the contribution of each individual team member,

  • reflect on how best to use the talents and skills within the team to succeed and work in harmony

  • and acquire a vocabulary to address tensions and differences.


The Cultural Impact Scan© provides a framework to address different cultural approaches while Belbin© provides a practical framework to make the most of different strengths within the team. Both behavioural and cultural diversity celebrate and promote different approaches to problem-solving and help individuals find ways to work better together.


Creating a diverse and inclusive environment is a key factor of success for teams.

Both the CIS© and Belbin© help to keep team members’ biases in check, make them question their assumptions, and welcome divergent approaches leading to more creativity and effectiveness.






Resources:.

- Belbin and Culture Belbin White paper

https://www.belbin.com/media/2192/belbin-white-paper-culture-and-belbin-team-roles.pdf

- Groupthink and the importance of behavioural diversity Belbin White paper

https://www.belbin.com/media/2629/groupthink-behavioural-diversity-managers-belbin-team-roles-article-september-2019.pdf

- https://hbr.org/2016/11/why-diverse-teams-are-smarter






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