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Team building in Thailand: building strong teams

Submitted by on Wednesday, 9 March 20112 Comments

One of the key factors of effective team building in Thailand is being able to get each team member playing to their strengths.

This is not as easy as it seems, however, as our strengths have little to do with our academic background. Instead, we need to know and identify our talents, which, as Drucker observed over 40 years ago, most managers have little idea of.

The development of the Highlands Ability Battery has been a breakthrough in this area. Here’s one aspect of team development which we use in our one day Talent Factor management training programme.

Circles, Squares, Trianglesteam building Thailand

One of the key challenges strong teams overcome is being able to integrate individuals’ different problem-solving styles.

Again, this has nothing to do with academic background or experience, but talent. As the 90 years of research behind the Highlands Ability Battery has shown, an individual’s problem solving style is hardwired or ‘innate’. So, if we are to build strong teams, it’s essential to identify this style in all the team constituents and then integrate them.

Problem-solving styles can be broken broadly into three main groups: Circles, Squares, and Triangles.

Each of us has a bias to one of these styles, and sometimes to a lesser degree two. But it’s rare that we should have a style incorporating all three: hence the need for a team.

Circles explained

Circle types like gathering information holistically before arriving at a decision or plan of action. They tend to be naturally strategic in approach and will need to see the ‘big picture’. Circles tend to be visionaries.

Squares explained

Squares like things in boxes! They will naturally classify or organise the information before them and make a decision. They tend to do this  methodically (layer by layer, collecting detail).

The strength of Squares lies in their ability to formulate or work to a process, or in a structure. Circles have difficulty with this. However Squares are sometimes prone not being able to ‘think outside the box’, which is where Circles come in.

Triangles explained

Triangles like results! Triangles are execution-focussed, and prefer action to thought. They like ‘management by numbers’ and results. This style is essential to drive vision into reality. These people are doers.

Which style are you?

Each of us has a problem-solving style with a leaning towards either Circle, Square or Triangle.

Some of us have more than one style. For example, Warren Buffett might be considered a ‘Big Square, and Small Triangle’. Another person might be ‘a Small Circle, and Big Triangle’.

It’s not difficult to see that building strong teams is a process of combining all three types. However, as discussed in this post, since many companies have difficulty integrating different talent sets in their cultures, teams are often starved of different types, leading in many cases to disastrous decisions, as well as customer and employee engagement issues on a deeper level.

How you can build strong teams in your company

If you’re interested in team building in your company, then Talent Factor will help you identify objectively the problem-solving styles in your team, and follow a process leading to on-the-job team excellence.

Details of Talent Factor can be found following the link below:

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