At this writing, the 2014 FIFA World Cup of Brazil is in play and not many teams are left.

Is your team still in the running?

I love the amplification of community this event gives birth to over a period of four short weeks. It’s amazing how 32 countries with diverse cultures come together to play hard, scream hard for their respective teams, and simply have fun. If only it could be this way 365 days a year.

For the most part, all teams are the same. Whether it’s a soccer team, corporate team, or special events team, people are brought together to accomplish an endgame.

Team members come to the game with different personalities, ego’s, motivators, competencies, etc. In the long run, eventually the team gets to know how everyone thinks.

Whenever a team is assembled, individuals go through the stages of group development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning.

To fast forward the “getting to know one another” step, whenever I work with a team, I have each player take a multivariate assessment called TriMetrix HD. It’s a combination of DISC, values, competencies, with a dash of emotional intelligence thrown into the mix.

The team takes the online assessment prior to the forming stage. I’ll perform a one on one debrief of each person’s 80 page report. Then I conduct a group presentation to educate everyone on what Trimetrix HD measures and how to increase their performance by leveraging their unique communication style with everyone else’s style on the team.

After working with teams as a coach for 10 years, I can say with confidence, assessments provide a quick and easy way to get everyone moving in the same direction. Isn’t that what you want?

The following essay was written by Dr. Ron Bonnstetter, Senior VP of Research and Development, for Target Training International. End Game Business is an authorized distributor of all TTI assessment products.

Photo by Steve.

Assessments Lead To Improved Interactions On and Off the Field

By Dr. Ron Bonnstetter

What doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger, right?

In the case of both on- and off-the-field conflict, many would argue such activity could not only have a stranglehold on productivity, but also team building.

With that in mind, do you know:

  • What each of your team members bring to your team?
  • Their primary and secondary behavioral styles and what motivates them to do their job?

How about determining what key ingredients might be missing from your team, or worse, who might be undermining your team’s efforts?

And here’s the biggie: Do you know what “team misfits” may be doing to your bottom line?

Sometimes, the best way to see our own internal challenges is to read how others have dealt with similar situations.

Case in point: a recent case study appearing in Soccer Journalthat details how one premier-level girls’ soccer team utilized behavior assessments to overcome adversity in the early portion of their season.

In this report, you will read a firsthand account about how taking the time to understand self and others can vastly improve your team’s collaboration, communication and cohesion.

I’ll let you read this brief report so you can better understand the power of discovery, as these coaches uncover potential team-building issues and develop strategies to rectify emerging conflict, all while creating camaraderie both on and off the field.

Could this be happening in your own meeting rooms?

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