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How to be a perfect team player

Report on Workshop FabCity student programme - by Willeke Geertsema

On Monday 2 May, Associate Professor Remon Rooij (AMS institute) gave an interesting workshop to a mixed group of students, about how to be a perfect team player in a group.

Workshop #1 foto 2It was a beautiful day, so the workshop took place outside the Learning Lab, in the sun. It started with a questionnaire to fill in, to first learn more about yourself in a group and answering questions about different styles of influence. How do others influence you? And how do you in return influence others? I realised that it’s important to think about how you actually behave in certain situations and in which of these you are influencing other people.

The questionnaires gave us insight into different styles of team roles. The team roles could be divided into 4 styles:

  • The normative style is recognized as a direct and straightforward style. You are dominant in making choices and giving your opinion, and you are really sure about it.
  • The logical/rational style is based on a well-constructed line of reasoning. You use as many arguments as possible in your answers to convince others of your ideas.
  • The enthusiasm style is based on good energy and persuasiveness. You always try to connect to people and communicate the feeling that you have to do a job together.
  • The relational style is recognized as the most emphatic style. You strongly focus on the opinions, ideas en proposals of others and listen carefully to other opinions even when they differ from your own.

After discussing these styles we put them in practice in teams of 3 students. The exercise was based on the persuasiveness of getting something done in a certain situation. We showed this to each other in the four different styles of communication.

High performance in teams

The second part of the workshop was based on high performance in a team. To prepare for this, we individually wrote down in which teams we ever participated during our lives and described the most important qualities of characteristics, which contributed to the success of that team.

Remon ended the workshop with an interesting theory about 5 different planets, with each his own personality and colour. He compared it with a football stadium where you exactly see the different types of planets:

  • Whiteprint thinking: the instructors (coaches/trainers) known as natural, organic and creative people.
  • Greenprint thinking: the professionals (the football players) known as people who developing and learn new skills
  • Redprint thinking: softies (supporters doing a wave) known as motivated people who handed the ‘us’ feeling/together we are strong and mainly responding to the soft aspects of an organization.
  • Blueprint thinking: organizers (focused supporters watching the game) known as people who like to organize, plan and control things. The proposed changes focus on matter and form. Irrational aspects are secondary.
  • Yellow print thinking: managers (skybox/sponsors) known as people who are involved in politics and power.