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PLANT: The Source of Original Ideas
Creative, Imaginative, Free-thinking.
Generates ideas. Solves difficult problems.
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The Team Roles:

Dr Meredith Belbin's research work at Henley Management School identified nine Team Roles that are needed to contribute to high performance in any team.


Meredith Belbin defined a Team Role as:
‘A tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way’.

 

Team Role
Team Role Contribution
Allowable Weaknesses
PL
Plant

Creative, imaginative, free-thinking.Generates ideas and solves difficult problems.

May ignore incidentals.
Can be too preoccupied with own thoughts to communicate effectively.

RI
Resource Investigator

Outgoing, enthusiastic, communicative. Explores opportunities and develops contacts.

Over-optimistic.
Can lose interest once initial enthusiasm has passed.

CO
Co-ordinator

Mature and confident.
Identifies talent and clarifies goals.
Delegates effectively.

Can be seen as manipulative.
May offload own share of the work.

SH
Shaper

Challenging, dynamic, thrives on pressure. Has the drive and energy to overcome obstacles.

Prone to provocation.
Can offend people's feelings.

ME
Monitor Evaluator

Serious minded, strategic and discerning. Sees all options and judges accurately.

Can lack drive and ability to inspire others.
Can be overly critical.

TW
Teamworker

Co-operative, perceptive and diplomatic. Listens, builds morale and averts friction.

Can be indecisive in crunch situations.
May avoid confrontation.

IMP
Implementer

Disciplined, reliable, conservative in habits. A capacity for taking practical steps and actions.

Somewhat inflexible.
Can be slow to respond to new possibilities.
CF
Completer Finisher

Conscientious and accurate. Searches out errors.
Polishes and perfects.

Inclined to worry unduly.
Reluctant to delegate.

SP
Specialist

Single-minded, self-starting, dedicated. Provides in-depth knowledge and skills in short supply.

May contribute only on a narrow front.
Dwells on technicalities.

When we work in a team each of us will make our most effective contribution when we focus on just two or three of these roles. And an effective team will have a membership that covers all nine roles.

 


 
 
 
     
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