High performing team member beliefs questionnaire
IMPORTANT BIOTEAMING COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY
I am seeking interest from organisational team leaders who would like to collaborate with me in a unique mini research project into the beliefs of high-performing teams.
In an article published in this blog just over one month ago, The seven beliefs of high performing teams, I described the importance of team beliefs in impacting overall team performance and suggested key beliefs held by high-performing teams (HPTs) based on a comprehensive literature review combined with my own practical experience of working in, and with, teams.
I proposed that these beliefs apply to teams in all types of organisation (single or multiple), based in one or more locations and covering both traditional teams and technology enabled virtual teams.
The seven beliefs of high performing teams
This article has turned out to be one of the most popular articles on www.bioteams.com and I would like to take the opportunity to develop and refine the research further by getting more practical empirical input into it.
To do this I have developed a short (20 question) questionnaire on high-performing team beliefs.
My aim is to first calibrate it by running it on a small number of "recognised high performing teams" to identify commonalities between these teams in their beliefs.
I also intend to run the questionnaire with some "normal teams" to see, from empirical evidence, what are the key belief differences between these teams and HPTs.
I plan to share the detailed results of this research in a future article to be published here.
The HPT Beliefs Questionnaire
The Questionnaire is designed to be answered independently by at least 3 members of a team and takes no more than 5 minutes to complete.
The results are then consolidated into an overall team position which preserves the anonymity of individual team member responses.
I have designed the questionnaire to avoid gaming (making it easy to give a "right answer") by asking each question in two different ways.
I have also extended to it to ten possible beliefs not just the seven in my article (which you should not show the team before asking them to complete the questionnaire!)
If you are interested in participating in this research
If you are interested in having one of your high performing teams complete the questionnaire and are prepared to share the results (in an appropriate and sensitive way) then please get in touch via my email.
The Research Process would be as follows:
- Very briefly indicate in your email what high-performing team you have in mind in your organisation, why it is considered HPT and that you are willing to share your results
- If I like what you say I will send you a soft copy of the HPT Beliefs questionnaire with full instructions
- You would organise for the questionnaires completion by the members (3-5) of this team. If you wish you can have the individual results emailed directly to me so that you can tell your team members no-one in your organisation will see their replies to encourage honest responses
- I consolidate the results and send the initial consolidated version back to you for comment and checking
- I will incorporate your comments
- Your consolidated results are included with other teams in a follow-up article on bioteams.com
Bioteams Books Reviews
The way a team decides to decide is one of the most important decisions it makes. In the excellent book, "Why Teams Don't Work" the authors, Harvey Robbins and Michael Finley, identify seven key decision-making methods for teams.