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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010, 12:53

I was directed towards these key roles within a team by fellow Group 2, Trevor's Group member, Mark Collins


Belbin Team Roles

So who are you?


• Highly motivated with a lot of nervous energy and a great need for


• Like to challenge lead and push others to action, can be headstrong and emotional in response to disappointment or frustration.

• Generally make good managers because they generate action and thrive on pressure.


Innovators and inventors – can be highly creative.

Often enjoy working on their own away from other members of the team.

• Tend to be introvert and react strongly to criticism and praise.

Great for generating new proposals and to solve complex problems.


• Ability to pull a group together to work towards a shared goal.

• Mature, trusting, and confident they delegate readily. They stay calm under


• Quick to spot an individual’s talents and use them to pursue group objectives.

• Co-ordinators are useful to have in charge of a team with their diverse skills and personal characteristics.

Monitor/ Evaluator

• Serious-minded, prudent individuals.

• Slow deciders who prefer to think things over – usually highly critical thinking


• Usually make shrewd judgements by taking into account all the factors.

• Important when analysing problems and evaluating ideas and suggestions.

Resource investigator

• Good communicators both with other members of the group and with external


• Natural negotiators, adept at exploring new opportunities.

• Adept at finding out what resources are available and what can be done.

• Relaxed personalities with strong inquisitive sense and a readiness to see the

possibilities of anything new.

• Very good for finding resources and heading negotiations.


• Well organised, enjoy routine and have a practical common-sense and self


• Systematic approach to tackling problems

• Reliable and hardworking.

• Will do what needs to be done whether or not they will enjoy the task.

Team worker

• Supportive members of the team.

• Flexible and adaptable to different situations and people.

• Perceptive and diplomatic.

• Good listeners

• Avoid conflict

• Good at allowing everyone in the group to contribute.


• Have a great capacity for follow-through and attention to detail, and seldom

start what they cannot finish.

• Dislike carelessness

• Reluctant to delegate, they prefer to tackle tasks themselves.

• Good at tasks that involve close concentration and a close degree of



• Pride themselves on acquiring technical skills and specialist knowledge.

• Priorities are to maintain professional standards and advance their own


• Very committed.

• Important in providing the technical expertise and are usually called upon to

make decisions involving in depth experience and expertise.



Meredith Belbin, Management Teams: Why They Succeed or Fail (Butterworth Heinemann, 2nd ed., 2004)


There are EIGHT roles here?

Serendipity or planning (ask the tutor) found six people collaborating online in H808, unit 6. I believe that between the six of us all these roles were covered ... not a role each, perhaps two, sometimes three with the 'ball' as we came to see it 'kept in motion' through-out.


Recipe for successful online collaboration?

Treat it as a cook would. Ensure that you have the right ingredients in each bowl.


And who am I?

I know. Which explains perfectly, in hindsight, how I behaved.


Do share.

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This morning, I looked up the results of the Belbin team-role test I was asked to take a couple of years ago by a prospective employer in readiness of a review at work tomorrow.

The result didn't surprise me: I'm a 'completer-finisher' followed by a 'specialist' the descriptions of which are really accurate for me.

I think these types of tests are important in the modern work-place. I feel strongly that we should work in harmonious work places (we spend so much time there) and that businesses of all sizes should embrace these tests in order to achieve the right balance of people thereby promoting productivity and harmony at the same time.