The Importance of Relationships in Team Building - Four Groups


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The Importance of Relationships in Team Building - Four Groups

  1. 1. 4G Team Building Application Linking Behaviour to Bottom Line Performance The Importance of Relationships in Team Building After having the best talent, relationships play the most important part in creating a high performing team. Team Building Benefits Team building today Ultimately, this method serves to opti- > Increase team performance mise a team’s relationships and > Reduce tension and friction The word ‘team’ was first recorded in becomes a catalyst to the team’s suc- > Identify and maximise team strengths 1552, its original meaning was ‘to har- cess and achievements. > Anticipate problems and prevent them ness’ or ‘to come together’. The idea > Optimise understanding behind the word is to create a group In creating a high performing team, that is greater than the sum of its parts. many approaches offer a combination Please note, this document is intended to In order to create such a group, the of boosting morale, increasing self accompany the team building demonstra- constituent relationships in the team understanding and resolving problems. tion of the Visual Team Builder. This can be must strengthen and enhance the abil- While each of these methods offers found at the link below. ities of the people within it. solutions, none of them are perfect all of the time. Activities which boost Further to the idea above, people often morale tend to bring short term bene- approach team building from the per- fits but struggle to make any sustained spective of attracting the best talent. long term impact on a team. Increasing Whilst this is self understanding raises people’s An Example 4G Situation valid, Four awareness but translating this into how Degree of Psychological Comfort Groups believe people relate to one another and the No effort Minimal effort that when com- means to improve this is often compli- Some effort 1Si Significant effort bined, a second cated and abstract. Resolving problems view based on usually attempts to improve the means 2Ti relationships by which people relate to one another offers greater (as above, far from easy) and where benefits. Our practical, changes in workflow and 2Fe view proposes a processes can be made. 1Ne method that enhances individ- Our solution 3Te ual abilities, pro- viding greater Each of the three ideas above offers its performance and own advantages and in the right cir- 2Ti a sustainable cumstances they generate genuine and 3Fi advantage. tangible improvements to teams. What
  2. 2. The Importance of Relationships in Team Building is lacking however is a repeatable mation is then supported by a suite of Who are we? methodology to improve and optimise coaching modules looking at topics Four Groups work with a new approach to behav- the relationships within a team. ranging from leadership through to iours, relationships and culture. This document pro- problem solving and dealing with vides some background to our work around team To solve this problem, Four Groups pro- change. building, optimising relationships and creating high vides a system (4G) to predict and performing teams. more importantly, improve relation- Where practical, the third step looks at What is 4G based on? ships or ‘people compatibility’. There making recommendations and changes are many ways 4G can be applied, to team structure, workflow and 4G is a proprietary approach to predict- team building being an obvious exam- processes. 4G often highlights hidden ing relationships, behaviour and group ple. strengths and unknown weaknesses in cultures. Based in part on the work of a team’s structure or workflow. As a Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, 4G incorpo- What is the team building applica- result, it is possible to make the most rates measures of people’s strengths, tion for 4G? of these strengths and to minimise the creativity, motivation and weaknesses. impact of any identified weaknesses. The model contains 16 definitions of The team building application for 4G Finally, these ideas can improve exist- individual’s behavior, 14 different rela- splits into three distinct steps. The first ing processes and highlight superior tionship types and 4 examples of group looks at understanding the current alternatives to achieving your goals. culture. strengths, weaknesses and context of the team. 4G provides an in-depth How does 4G work? understanding of individual team members, the relationships within the Using 4G is a very quick and simple team and the team values or culture. process. People generally need an When combined with the context of the hour, split between a short briefing, an team, this information offers an accu- online personality questionnaire and a rate and insightful ‘snapshot’ of the feedback session. Optionally, further team in its current state. time may be spent on more feedback, either for individuals or for the whole The second step builds on the first. By group. At the end of the process, indi- turning the initial analysis into practical viduals receive their own reports, while steps, it is possible to raise individual a group report is made available for the effectiveness, optimise existing rela- decision maker and/or the group, tionships and to improve overall team depending on what is required. performance. 4G contains comprehen- sive information on how to improve and optimise both individuals and rela- tionships within the team. This infor- Four Groups Ltd 5 St. Johns Lane London EC1M 4BH, United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7250 4779 Email: © 2007 Four Groups Ltd, 5 St. Johns Lane London EC1M 4BH, United Kingdom. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced without Company Number: 4650494 express written permission from Four Groups Ltd. Image by VAT Number: 817 7962 85 Registered in England and Wales