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Making the Most of Belbin


We recently became accredited to administer the Belbin Team Roles questionnaire. We plan to offer it as part of our services and anticipate it being used by senior teams in housing associations. Has anyone used any good exercises or discussion points that help clarify or bring alive the roles identified by the questionnaire and could be used in a workshop with the team members? Thanks

Rod Hunter

3 Responses

  1. Ask Belbin!
    Hi Rod and all,

    I would field this question back to Belbin if they have provided the training.

    They certainly sell activities that support the use of their questionnaire.

    Any multifaceted project management type experiential activity should bring the roles out.

    I developed this for virtual teaming and I think would fit with Belbin pretty well :

    Hope this helps, Andi

    Andi Roberts

  2. ‘Fix’ the teams
    We run Belbin workshops designed to solve real-world business problems but before we start creating great teams to do that we allow participants to experience a ‘badly’ formed team.

    We give them a competitive team exercise but place all the similar team role preferences in the same teams – usually find that one team just does it without thinking anything through (and it goes wrong) whilst the other team does all the thinking and does not get around to doing it (so it goes wrong).

    The exercise is irrelevant – it is the setup of the teams and the debrief that is essential with something like this.

    Hope that helps.

  3. I have developed team scrabble

    Tell the truth I have not used any Belbin stuff for a while – 26 years on it’s lost for me at least, a lot of the intitial impact and appeal.

    When I did see more value in team roles I designed a large group activity called team scrabble – contact me offline if you would like this.

    All the best,

    Andrew Gibbons


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