It can be very useful to help teams of all kinds, including virtual teams, understand the unique style of each team member. Whether you do opt to use an Everything DiSC®,92 or you use an MBTI or other assessment, what is often most important is the discussion which ensues.
Here is a quick activity to help team members expand their thinking about styles, and also boost connection.
Time: 20–30 minutes
Materials needed: A slide with icons which team members can speak to.
Pre-preparation: Identify 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. For example, if you are looking at how you make decisions, there might be a round of questions where you go around the table and hear from each person. Sharing could include each person’s response on these areas.
1. Which icon represents your natural approach to___________ (decision making or _____)?
2. Which icon represents how you would like to be supported in _______?
3. As a team, which icon represents how you think the team in general needs to approach ______?
4. At our best as a team, we would approach decisions by ____________________.
5. 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.
(Excerpt: Reconnecting Workspaces, page 83, © Jennifer Britton, 2021. All Rights Reserved)
What might you do to create more of a focus on styles in your team? What conversations are important to have?
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