The Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior® Assessment (FIRO-B®), which has been around for more than 40 years, is used to help team members understand how their need for inclusion, control and affection impact their interactions with others.  If you have ever wanted to know why teams have been either a frustration or a source of strength for you, the FIRO-B can tell you.  It will also help you gain insight into the role for which you are best suited on the team.

In his book Participating in Teams, Eugene Schnell writes, “Teams are a critical component of the modern workplace.  To be effective, we must increase our awareness of how we like to work in teams and what challenges this type of work setting present.”  According to Schnell, areas of personal awareness identified by the FIRO-B include “awareness of your overall orientation to working in teams, an understanding of how you are likely to handle team leadership, and insight into how you might handle difficult team situations.”