Are you adding value?

It’s probably fair to say that most companies are looking at their employees to ensure that they are all contributing to the overall objective of the company. This will probably be done in a number of ways using a number of measures. I’m sure that everyone is familiar with SMART Goals, where targets are specified and measured at agreed timescales throughout a year. However, is this giving us the complete picture?
John C Maxwell in his book the 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork talks about the Law of The Niche where a person is most valuable where they add the most value. As an example, Rio Ferdinand, the Manchester United and England centre half, has on occasion stepped in as goalkeeper. Clearly, Ferdinand is an exceptional team player, but doesn’t contribute as well as a goalkeeper as he does in his preferred position.
In our working life, we tend to place ourselves according to our preferred behaviour – a person with a tendency toward order and procedures may navigate toward a job in accountancy for example, while the more creative types would head for the marketing department.
By using Belbin Team Roles, managers can gain a better understanding of their team members and how to get the best of their team. The advantage of this theory, developed by Dr Meredith Belbin, is that it will also look at a number of behavioural preferences and the likelihood of a person wanting to utilise them. As such, different roles within departments can be allocated thus making the team more effective and productive with team members feeling more valued and rewarded.

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