This is one of the recommendations from the ‘departmental’ section of the RCOG/RCM undermining toolkit.
Consider training and education initiatives for teams
Encourage individual team members to gain self-awareness and understanding of how they function within a team using the following methods:
- 360-degree questionnaires
- The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
- The self-perception inventory for team members based on the work of Meredith Belbin
The MBTI, which measures psychological preferences, helps individuals understand how they perceive the world and make decisions, but also how they interact with others.
The self-perception inventory by Meredith Belbin is designed to give individual team members a simple means of assessing their best roles. It also helps them understand the characteristics and function of all the possible team roles (Plants, Monitor Evaluators, Co-ordinators, Resource Investigators, Implementers, Completer Finishers, Teamworkers, Shapers, and Specialists). This in turn should lead to greater team understanding and group cohesion.
Adrian Evans has developed a local teaching module for trainees on team working skills using a self-completed questionnaire based on Belbin’s work. The scores allocate an individual to a team role. This can then be discussed in a teaching session that allows the trainees to understand their strengths, areas they feel less confident in, and how they can improve.
It’s useful to to complete the questionnaire with a facilitator. If your unit is having particular problems, you should think about sending someone for training at Belbin HQ in London.