Most of us are bunkered in for the next little while, doing the responsible thing of social distancing (or physical distancing + social solidarity) as medical experts and everyday heroes provide essential services to our communities. Meanwhile, some of you are needing to find ways to further develop your teams and offer much needed leadership. Perhaps you’ve been looking forward to doing an in-person training or enlisting one of Effective Institute’s certified facilitators to work with you. There are a variety of logistical factors that can make this a challenge right now.
Effectiveness Institute has created a few tools that are designed specifically for managers and teams to walk groups through one of our popular assessments. These tools foster insightful discussions and can be used to develop action plans that pertain to those assessment results. And you can do this on your own–while remote or in-person.
What Is a Team Leader’s Guide?
Our Leader’s Guides are designed to create a complete and meaningful small group learning experience. While it’s helpful to review a Leader’s Guide before you facilitate a training on your own, extensive pre-knowledge or study isn’t required. Each one creates a context for a separate virtual or in-person follow-up discussion and application session.
As mentioned, these Leader’s Guides are intended to accompany our highly-acclaimed Behavior Style assessments. Please consider each of them to determine which one best suits the needs of your team and organization.
Behavior Style Self Leader’s Guide
It provides a review of the Behavior Styles framework and elaborates on the graphs included in the Self assessment. It’s also accompanied by provocative discussion questions. Since the Self assessment is an online tool, and the Leader’s Guide is downloadable, it can easily be used and applied with remote employees and teams (purchase of the guide includes the Beauty of Styles video). To increase the value of the learning experience and application, we also recommend purchasing a Behavior Style Quick Reference Card for each participant.
You can follow up for a more in-depth application of the Behavior Style Self by using the Behavior Style 360 Leader’s Guide.
Behavior Style 360 Leader’s Guide
The 360 Leader’s Guide provides a thorough review of the content and graphs in the Behavior Style 360 assessment along with discussion questions. Since the Behavior Style 360 assessment is an online tool, this Leader’s Guide can also easily be used with remote employees and teams.
The Behavior Style Team Distribution Leader’s Guide (described in the section below) provides an excellent follow-up and application tool for teams after using this guide.
If you plan in advance to use this as an immediate follow up to the Behavior Style Self Leader’s Guide, participants should only purchase the Behavior Style 360 assessment because it includes a Behavior Style Self report. However, if your group decides to use this Guide after using the Behavior Style Self Leader’s Guide, participants will need to purchase a Behavior Style 360 upgrade (because they will already have the results of their Behavior Style Self report.)
Team Distribution Chart Leader’s Guide
The Behavior Style Team Distribution Chart Leader’s Guide requires each participant to have taken either the Behavior Style Self or Behavior Style 360 assessment.
This Guide provides an easy-to-understand framework for constructive discussion and application of how Behavior Styles impact team performance. It reveals team performance tendencies and uncovers potential blind spots, helping the team to improve and maximize their performance.
(We recommend each participant receive a copy of the Behavior Style Team Distribution Chart Participant Workbook. The workbook follows the process outlined in the Leader’s Guide and provides places where participants can capture their insights and team agreements.)
So, if you thought your team development plans were going to be completely derailed, we hope this offers you a few ways to continue taking care of your people, to keep investing in them and their future.