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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.