It can be very useful to help teams of all kinds, including virtual teams, understand their styles. Whether you do opt to use an Everything Disc, or you use an MBTI or other assessment, what is often most important is the discussion which ensues.
Here’s a quick activity you might want to undertake with your team which could help team members expand their thinking about styles.
Time: 20-30 minutes
Materials needed: A slide with icons which team members can speak to.
Pre-preparation: Identifying what the topic is with the team and how you want to explore styles. Do you want to look at it through the lens of how you like to approach communication? Working styles? Decision Making? Conflict? Feedback? Make sure you have alignment around this.
Show the team the slide and ask the team to share what their preference is around about how they would approach the topic area.
So, if you are looking at how you make decisions, there might be a round of questions where you go round the table and hear from each person. Rounds of sharing could include each person’s response on these areas
- Which icon represents your natural approach to_____________ (decision making or….)
- Which icon represents how you would like to be supported in _______
- As a team, which icon represents how you think the team in general needs to approach _______
- At our best as a team, we would approach decisions such as __________________
- What was important for me about this conversation was:
Depending on the size of the team you may need to select certain questions to discuss. It can be a very powerful activity.
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