IS TAKING A TEAM ASSESSMENT WORTH THE EFFORT?
As a management consultant, you make a living hopping from project team to project team. Not all project teams are equal, but the challenging experience is getting started. Who are these team members you will be working with? You have no history with them, they are not fellow employees, they are a client. Yet collectively you are responsible for a major project initiative with a high visibility and high risk.
In some instances, the teams I have participated in have been required to take some kind of “team assessment.” Team members all rush around taking some mandated online quiz that is needed ASAP for an upcoming “team building event.” Are all assessments created equal? They all serve different purposes but the key is taking time to rationalize the results. When I’m given a simplistic score, or color, or an acronym status, it often tells me what I already know about myself (great). But what about the team?
The key to any assessment activity is the context:
- What do the results mean for me?
- What do the results mean for my team?
- What is the overall picture of the team that I need to understand to work successfully?
- How can I leverage this information and use it not during this one team activity but on-going throughout the life of the project?
- How can my project leader use this to help us move forward?
- Can this work lead to greater efficiencies or more harmonious teams?
- ·Will this reduce the number of people-centered escalations?
- If there is no deeper analysis and plan of action presented, the assessment activity was a waste of time.
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