Introducing the Belbin Model

How many times have you wished that you had an extra pair of hands to perform tasks quicker? Perhaps you lack experience in getting a particular item off of your ‘to-do’ list? I’m sure many of us, especially as small business owners break out in a sweat when the time of year arrives to submit our Self Assessment to HMRC. It can be a daunting task if you’re not quite sure what you’re doing, so why not reach out to someone who does? Why not start to build a team you can turn to? Join together with people who you can delegate specific tasks to, who can take responsibility and help to drive you and your business forward, as well as their own.

Have you ever heard of Dr Meredith Belbin? He studied teams and how they work together, specifically observing how certain team members take on different roles. He famously defined a team role as “a tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way.” From his research he then went on to establish nine different types of team role that formulate together to create success. This is now famously known as The Belbin Model.

Here at Virtual Hand, we know the importance of teams and are continuously growing our own team at Virtual Hand Head Quarters.

Over the next few weeks, we will be publishing a series of blog posts that go further in depth as to how The Belbin Model is applicable to any team structure, whether you are a small to medium sized business or you are expanding into something that’s far beyond your wildest dreams.

We will break down the three groups of the Model:

1. Action Oriented Roles

2. People Oriented Roles

3. Thought Oriented Roles

Within these groups we can look at the different behaviours and strengths that each role brings. We can really explore his theories, share with you what we’ve learnt and hope to provide some inspiration for you to start building your own multi-skilled team.

Here’s a video that provides an overview guide to get things started.

We would love to hear from you if you are already familiar with Belbin’s Model and have already put elements into practice? Perhaps it’s something that you’ve never heard of before but are intrigued to find out more? Remember, it’s not just big companies that this applies to; it’s to every person out there with the intention of running a successful business. Anyone who wants to build a team, expand and offer the best products and services to their clients or customers.

It’s all about looking into the future and making many hands light work.
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