By Kathy Brohm
Being part of a team seems to infiltrate so many parts of our lives, whether it be as a family member, an athlete, or a project team member. Working as a team and within a team provides us with a sense of accomplishment when we successfully reach our goals and allows us to share that achievement with our teammates. More importantly, being part of a team allows us to explore our strengths and tap into areas that may not be tapped when working independently.
Take members of a soccer team as an example. One player may be skilled at dribbling the ball down field in scoring position, but may not have the skill and accuracy to make the score, whereas a different player may be a strong and accurate scorer, but may not possess the speed and skill to get the ball in scoring position. Separately, these 2 players have strengths that work well for them as individuals. However these talents working independently may not benefit the team as a whole. Now put these strengths together on a team, and these skills will complement each other, lead to success on the scoreboard, and create a formidable team. A winning combination that refines independent strengths.
But how do we know what our strengths are when working in a team environment? How do we identify those strengths, tap into them, and utilize them to benefit the team?
At 5.12 Solutions we offer a unique tool called the Team Dimensions Profile that provides information specific to our roles within a team: how we contribute, our talents, and even the challenges we may face when working on a team. The Team Dimensions Profile helps team members understand where they thrive, how they can better contribute their talents to the team, and how to overcome challenges. The Team Dimensions Profile explores 5 key roles that members perform, their preferences, and how teams work effectively. As a team member, you will gain valuable insight into your talents and how you best contribute in a team environment. As a team leader, understanding your team members' individual strengths, preferred roles and natural talents will help you create a balanced and efficient team.
Creating effective and efficient teams can be overwhelming at times, but by using the Team Dimensions Profile, your teams can perform more cohesively to obtain results. For more information about the Team Dimensions Profile, give us a buzz at 303-579-5829 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.