Build the Perfect Team from Imperfect People

Project Team RolesDr. Meredith Belbin identified nine clusters of behaviour called team roles—“A tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way.”

We all have our strengths. Conversely, we also have our weaknesses. By being aware of the weaknesses that come with our strengths, we can minimize the effects of our weaknesses. After we have identified our ideal team roles, we can then recruit other project team members to complement our strengths and to keep our weaknesses in check. In doing so, we end up building a perfect project team from imperfect people.

For example, a good “resource investigator” excels at exploring opportunities but easily loses interest after the initial phase. A “shaper” thrives under pressure but may offend other team members to get the job done.

What are your ideal project team roles? You better find out.


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