Team training must place a high priority on helping the team appreciate the individual differences of its members and on the development of trust within a team. Without a clear understanding of and an appreciation for what each individual brings to the team, the team will not survive. To facilitate the development of understanding and trust on teams I like to use four simple tools: (1) Personal Histories Exercise, (2) MBTI®, (3) FIRO-B®, and (4) TKI®. These four tools help individuals and teams better understand what each of the members bring to the team in the way of experience, personality, interpersonal needs, and preferred modes for conflict management. Like all tools, however, they need to be used as intended. To quote Lencioni, “A great tool done poorly will probably fail. A poor tool done well will probably fail too. I guess the only thing to do is pick a good tool and do it well.” You can find more information about the MBTI®, FIRO-B®, TKI®, and administration certification at CPP, Inc. (www.cpp.com) and at Skills One, the CPP on-line assessment system (www.skillsone.com).
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us… (Romans 12:4-6a)