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What kind of Team player are you?

Becoming a full team member can be challenging for newly qualified practitioners, especially if you are a member of more than one team or in a rotational post. This unit is designed to help you understand both your own and colleague's approach to working in teams.

What kind of team player am I?

There are many influences in how we all work in teams, approach our work, make decisions and interact with others.

There are also many tools, models and inventories that help you to look at the roles that team members play and what influences them. These include Belbin's which identifies a range of team roles that are influenced by:

  • personality
  • role learning
  • experience
  • situational constraints
  • current values and motivations
  • mental abilities

It is worth noting that there are limitations to the uses of tools like this and in the conclusions that you can draw when you use them (Artizeta et al, 2007). However, they can increase our understanding of the team roles. For example, are you a 'shaper' (just get on and do it), a 'team worker', a 'complete finisher', or a 'coordinator' There is no perfect role to adopt within the team as all the roles are needed in order for the team to function.

Depending upon the circumstances, some people can develop into different roles to suit changing situations. If finding time is difficult, you may want to do the 2 activities below on separate occasions.

Identify a situation where your team is changing a way of working or introducing a new area of work e.g. implementing a new guideline for an aspect of the care the team provides.

Identify the role that you play in this change and the roles of other team members. Which roles are needed for the change to happen? Use the downloadable 'Team Roles Description' from the Belbin website to help you. Remember that individuals can play different roles depending on the circumstances.

Belbin website:

http://www.belbin.com/rte.asp?id=8

Self-assessment activity

The 'What kind of team player am I?' activity highlighted the range of possible roles in a team and characteristics of the team members that influence the part they play. To recap...

Belbin identifies a range of team roles that are influenced by:

  • personality
  • role learning
  • experience
  • situational constraints
  • current values and motivations
  • mental abilities

These characteristics influence your personal effectiveness and the way you work with others. This can have a significant impact on the outcomes of your own work, on interpersonal relationships, and influence other team members' motivation and morale.

Do you want to consider how you are perceived by the people you work with? If so, the "How well do I communicate?" questionnaire from Good Practice will help you get feedback from a variety of colleagues that you can use to identify your perceived strengths and weaknesses. These results should help you identify where you are working well and where you can change or adapt the way you work.

(Athens password required). Good Practice

 

Discussion Activity

When you have been looking at websites that you have found useful in looking at your role in the team and as a team player:

  • are there any that other members of  your team or the Flying Start community would find useful?
  • is there information that you have not been able to find that other members of the Flying Start community may know of that you can ask them about?

Discuss your thoughts with a colleague or your mentor

Developing your confidence in teamworking

Complete one of the following activities

  • When working in a new situation and with a new team, it takes time to build up your confidence. Think about how confident you feel at the moment and look at the Goodpractice Top tips for Confident Communication and identify 3 areas where you would like to build your confidence in team working.

What can you do to help you build your confidence in these areas?

Good Practice

  • Identify a work situation where you felt confident in dealing with what was happening. Then identify a situation where you didn't feel as confident. What were the differences between these situations?

Look at the Goodpractice Develop Yourself Toolkit and identify resources that you can use to help you to build your confidence. Discuss what you have identified with a colleague or mentor

Good Practice Toolkit

You may wish to write up this process as a learning activity for your portfolio.

Reflect on your Personal and People Development. Record how you felt, the changes you plan to make and the key points of any discussions around this activity.

Insert a date in your calendar to revisit this activity again in 3 months and 6 months' time and reassess yourself. Look at the progress you have made and what you still need to do.

How am I doing with teamwork?

Getting feedback on your first experiences of fully paid up team working in NHSScotland is really important for you. It will highlight where you are working well as well as how you can improve your contribution to the team.

Ask your mentor and some trusted team members to give you an overview of how they think you are developing you as a team member and compare this to your own self-perception from other activities in Flying Start.

Think of a good role model within your team and reflect on what you think makes them an effective team member. Ask them what they think is important in team working and why.

Reflect on areas of team working that you wish to improve and/or consolidate. Record these and also the actions that you want to take to make changes

You may wish to write up this process as a learning activity for your portfolio.

Insert a date in your calendar to revisit this activity again in 3 months and 6 months' time and reassess yourself. Look at the progress you have made and what you still need to do.