“Success is a team effort”
Success: def – a successful performance or achievement*
Team: def – a number of persons associated in some joint action*
Whilst you may have success on your own, your journey to wellbeing is certainly sure to be easier to achieve if you mastermind with a team instead of trying to fly solo.
According to American psychologist, Dr. Meredith Belbin, effective team work most successfully achieved with 9 identified ‘Team Roles’:
- The creative type who generates ideas (the “Plant”)
- The extrovert who has good networks (the “Resource Investigator”)
- The dynamic individual who thrives on the pressure (the “Shaper”)
- The person who soberly evaluates the usefulness of ideas (the “Monitor-Evaluator”)
- The cooperative team player (the “Team-worker”)
- The ones with specialist skills (the “Specialist”)
- Those who turn ideas into solutions (the “Implementor”)
- The person who keeps the team together effectively (the “Co-ordinator”)
- The person who get issues completed (the “Completer-Finisher”)
Do you have 9 team members to help you that fit this list? Thinking that you’ll never find the right mix of people to fit this list?
Would it surprise you to learn that some of the 9 team members can perform multiple roles? And they do not all have to be people ~ they can also be tools?
The “Plant” may be you – researching your destination by referring to this site for ideas. The “Resource Investigator” may be found by joining an exercise or diet group (physical or on-line), which will keep you linked into other people seeking the same destination. A personal trainer (or strong-willed friend or partner) may play the role of the “Shaper”.
The “Monitor-Evaluator” could be your diet software that monitors your lifestyle and tracks your results. You can enlist the help of a friend to play the role of the Team-Worker, performing the necessary tasks along side you for motivation or companionship. Your personal trainer, gym instructor or dietitian may also play the role of the “Specialist”, giving you the necessary guidance.
The “Implementor” could (and probably will be) be played by a range of people – doctor, trainer, mentor, other health professional (naturopath, chiropractor, massage therapist, etc.) – anyone who can help take your ideas for wellness and turn them into solutions you can action. You may have several “Implementors” in your team that you use from time to time.
Your diary, goals and task/to do list take the roles of the “Co-ordinator”, keeping everything moving along and on track. You can then focus on playing the role of the “‘Completer-Finisher”, performing the necessary tasks to achieve the desired result.