Paul Alberti replied to the topic Bicycles, Wilderness Ropes, and Lincoln Logs: What ‘s the Real Purpose of Team Building? in the forum GovLeaders 7 years, 4 months ago
I have taken the Strength Finders and the Strength Based Leadership surveys and similar to the MBTI the assessments were accurate. We invested a day to put my office of 30 some people through MBTI and later this month doing the Strength Finders assessment for everyone. I suspect we will not make any staffing adjustments for anyone based on their strengths or revise anyone IDP to reflect the idea of working to your strengths.When we form working teams, they are the usual teams and the usual personalities, but we can now put labels to the personalities and understand the perfectionists and the big picture thinkers.I know it sounds like I am not supportive of these assessment efforts; I am but it is what we do with the information afterwards. Nothing changes after the effort, nothing changes after we go to “Who Moved My Cheese” and the “Getting Along with Difficult People” and all the other assessment/awareness training. If we would really use the new found awareness of ourselves and our co-workers – that would be impressive. And maybe if we developed that much awareness and it went up and across the agency – all the Employee Viewpoint Surveys would improve and leaders/managers/supervisors and ultimately feds would not be so bashed. (BTW – I am a INTP – big picture person and my Strengths are Adaptability, Connectedness, Context, Ideation and Input)
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