Belbin Team Inventory
The way in which tasks are assigned and how one communicates with each other differs between and within societies. Teamwork in a company entails other requirements than in a voluntary project. Here the superiors select the teams and determine their goals. But teamwork in Scandinavian companies also differs from teamwork in Russian ones – just as teamwork in the innovation department of a computer firm differs from teamwork on the assembly line. It is precisely with voluntary teams from different cultures that a reflection on the often undiscussed and invisible, but still existent models of management and cooperation is important. One can distinguish between different roles that people play in teams. A classic model has been developed by Meredith Belbin. One or probably several of the role descriptions will remind you of yourself. Needless to say that these descriptions only represent a tendency for a certain behavior at a specific time. They are not rigid but rather ‘snapshots’ of a way of behaving. It might be that in another team, at another moment you will behave completely different.
 The Plant
introduces new and innovative ideas and is able to solve difficult problems. In doing so, she is often absentminded and overly concerned about effective communication.
 The Resource Investigator
is communicative and enthusiastic, establishes contacts and mostly keeps a contingency plan in mind. However, he also quickly loses interest once the initial euphoric start of the project is over.
 The Co-Ordinator
brings together the different minds in the team. She is good at setting goals, assigning tasks and encouraging decisions. But this way she can also be manipulative and threatens to delegate too much work to other team members.
 The Shaper
is good at working under pressure and has sufficient energy and courage to confront obstacles. But he is also provocative and capable of offending others’ feelings.
 The Monitor Evaluator
is levelheaded, critical and thinks strategically – and she judges fairly because she considers every option. But she is seldom a source of inspiration or motivation.
 The Teamworker
is cooperative, diplomatic, able to perceive the feelings of others, a good listener and keeps the team together. But during crises he is indecisive and struggles to make a decision.
 The Implementor
gets her job done efficiently and in a disciplined manner. You can rely on her. She works according to the principle ‘walk the talk‘, but she is also quite inflexible at that und finds it hard to adopt new ideas.
 The Completer
works carefully and conscientiously, detects the smallest mistakes and is punctual. He tends to bother his head about everything and is incapable of delegating work.
 The Specialist
is focused and committed, provides expert knowledge and information, but may get lost in details.