Team Building in Organizations

It doesn’t matter if you are a ‘for profit’, or ‘not for profit’, all have teams that need to accomplish goals. Some get stalled along the way and some seem to exceed in all they do. One of the reasons for success may be the diversity of the team.

Many years ago I was invited to take part in a Myers-Briggs assessment while working in the forest industry. The first part was to do the assessment and learn about Myers-Briggs then after we had received our results we were invited back for a team building day. They placed us in ‘type alike’ groups and ‘type diverse’ groups and gave us each a box of Tinker Toys with the instruction that we had forty-five minutes to build something. The result was the ‘type alike’ group did not achieve the goal but the ‘type diverse’ group did.

There is a bottom-line benefit for teams to understand each other and how they can function better by utilizing the strengths each of the members bring to the table. We are all valuable and have something to contribute but only if our strengths are recognized. The Myers-Briggs identifies the contributions of each team member and the strengths of the team, both individually and collectively. This enhances the communications of the team and reflects in the results.

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One Response to Team Building in Organizations

  1. Like the idea of tinker toys. Have used lego and other things – nice reminder to think type diverse and type alike.

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