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Belbin

I have been an associate of Belbin since 2014 and deliver many of their Belbin Accreditation training courses in the UK and workshops internationally. I also provide Belbin workshops as a freelancer. 

What is Belbin?

Belbin is one the world’s most well-known tools for improving team performance. It is based on the work on Dr Meredith Belbin whose research recognised nine clusters of behaviours with strengths and weaknesses that contribute to the way teams operate. Everyone can complete an online Belbin questionnaire with feedback from their colleagues, which is analysed and interpreted as a report so you can learn about your personal Belbin profile. Belbin provides a framework and vocabulary to constructively discuss teams and understand your contributions to the team. It will help you recognise areas of potential tensions from overlaps and gaps in the team behaviours, as well as areas of conflict from opposing behaviours that can be turned into complementarity with the understanding that Belbin provides.

How it Works

  • Step 1: Each individual team member completes an online Belbin questionnaire with feedback from their colleagues prior to the workshop, this produces a Belbin Profile which is analysed and interpreted as a report.

 

  • Step 2: The team is then facilitated through a half or full day workshop. This dynamic and engaging workshop will increase people's understanding of themselves and their colleagues, helping to resolve conflict in the work environment and focusing the team on achieving its objectives more effectively.

 

The purpose of a team-building workshop is to increase communication and effectiveness within the team or group so that it achieves its objectives. The team will have a common language and a framework to discuss their collective strengths and how best to use them.

A Behavioural Tool

Belbin is a behavioural tool rather than psychometric, which means that it looks at the things we do and say at work, rather than the psychological preferences behind them. This means it is a very accessible tool that simply reports back on the way you think you are behaving, combined with the way that your colleagues think you are behaving. This makes it a constructive tool that combines disclosure and feedback to help people realise their potential. 

Feedback

“We had a fantastic experience with the Belbin Team Roles day run by Geraint Wyn (Gez) Story. Group members were cautious what to expect from the day, but it really exceeded all expectation and more. It was great from a team building perspective, allowing us to talk and see each others strengths, and where we can support one other. It was a great occasion to ‘zoom out’ and reflect on our working methods, as individuals and how these plug together into the team. Specifically, it has given us new insights about how we run meetings & team projects to make them more effective, and increasing everyone’s engagement, whilst also encouraging to create sub-groups to enable more internal debates.” - Dr Sandy Knowles, Associate Professor in Nuclear Materials, University of Birmingham.

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