The transition from one year to the next is a good time to step back and assess. Where were you in 2021, and where are you going in 2022? No doubt you’ve set new goals for the new year that require your teams to function at peak productivity. Can team assessments help you reach your goals?
According to The George Washington University’s research guide, “Team Effectiveness: Assessment of Team Performance and Learning,” assessing teams improves goal attainment, enriches relationships, and enhances team performance. In particular, learning assessments reveal effective or ineffective individual and group learning strategies and encourage team members to learn from each other’s thought processes. Team assessments also allow members to learn each other’s strengths and weakness and discuss how team performance can be improved.
At Brighter Strategies we believe that team performance can be improved through the use of tried and tested psychometric assessments. They provide a powerful method of exploring typical hard-wired behavior in people and can provide insights into team development. Below we review six assessments that can help increase your team effectiveness in 2022.
Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Perhaps the most well-known personality test, the MBTI is an introspective self-assessment based on the theory of psychological types described by Carl Jung. The MBTI assesses individuals on four preferences, or dichotomies:
Teams use MBTI to help individual members better understand each other and work together more effectively. Understanding one’s personality type in relationship to others can guide teams toward healthier behavior.
Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI)
Unlike MBTI, SDI uncovers individual strengths in the context of relationships. The goal is to increase relationship effectiveness. SDI helps assess how one uses their strengths to relate to others when everyone is getting along well and in the midst of conflict. In the context of a team, the SDI helps people to connect, trust one another, and communicate better.
Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI)
Like the SDI, the TKI is an assessment tool that focuses on conflict. It evaluates behavior based on the degree of an individual’s assertiveness and cooperativeness in a conflict situation. The TKI uses these two dimensions of human behavior to define five different modes for responding to conflict situations: competing, collaborating, compromising, avoiding, and accommodating.
The TKI helps teams identify challenges in managing conflict and find constructive ways to handle those challenges. It introduces different conflict-handling styles and provides team members the tools to choose which style is appropriate based on the unique individual and particular situation.
The DiSC personality assessment helps build effective teams. DiSC identifies and clarifies strengths and opportunities around team interactions. It centers on four different behavioral traits: dominance, influence, steadiness, and conscientiousness. DiSC benefits teams by improving team dynamics, managing group conflict, and empowering high-performing works groups.
Organizational Culture Inventory (OCI) and Organizational Effectiveness Inventory (OEI)
The OCI and the OEI are two leading organizational assessments. The OCI is the most widely used tool for measuring organizational culture in the world. It measures the current culture of an organization in terms of shared behavioral norms, providing a starting point for cultural transformation.
The OEI measures the change factors that affect culture at the individual, group, and organizational levels. It uncovers the internal conditions that can directly and indirectly—through an organization’s culture—impact effectiveness. It can be used with the OCI or on its own to monitor change. When applied to a team, the OCI and OEI identify and transform micro-cultures in an organization.
Assessments, coupled with either one-on-one coaching or team coaching, can help foster openness and trust, increase overall productivity, and supply a framework by which individuals can better understand and unlock the talents, capabilities, experiences, and expertise in your teams. The above assessments represent a handful of the tools we at Brighter Strategies use to help our clients achieve greater team capacity. You can learn more about the team assessments we offer here.
The power of two is greater than the power of one. And the power of “more than two” is limitless. Brighter Strategies offers a fresh perspective on how to create a “power team”—a group of two or more people who come together to work toward a common goal.
After reading and completing this workbook, you will understand team basics, including the definition, types, and natural development. You will complete a simple five-step team-building process, which includes creating the team, clarifying roles, communicating well, collaborating to meet goals, and celebrating team success. If you want to maximize your organization’s effectiveness, choosing to form a team to complete a task is the first step in the right direction.