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A few assessments for building academic teams

Are you responsible for building teams in your institution?

How? Who? When? Simply the logistics of getting everyone in one room can seem overwhelming. Understanding that getting the right people in the room to tackle any challenge may be the single most critical step, how do you navigate all of these obstacles? Fortunately, there is a large body of research and practice to support your efforts.

In this post, we are going to provide our thoughts on two assessments that we find useful when building teams. But, first, a quick message from our colleague Tim, providing a little perspective on the KI team-building process for our large workshops.

How we like to think about getting the right people in the room.

If you watched the video above, you noticed how KI spends a lot of time paying attention to who and how we bring people together. We cannot underestimate the importance of ensuring the people you bring together represent a diversity of perspectives, have the necessary expertise, and possess a collaborative spirit.

One way you might think about people is through assessments. Entire industries are built on understanding personality quirks, leadership traits, cognitive styles, and more. You may be familiar with Myers-Brigg, Strengthsfinder, or another tool for the trade. Each of these has value to the situation it is used in.

Assessments – our current favorites

Understanding how people like to solve problems, and the differences in their styles, is a key element to building successful teams. We have found these two instruments particularly useful.

The Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory

KAI measures for problem-solving, teamwork and creativity.

FourSight Preference

Discover problem-solving preferences for individuals, teams, or organizations.

No matter how you decide who to invite to your event, paying close attention to who is in the room may be more important than the subject for discussion. Let us know in the comments below, how you think about bringing people together. What questions do you have? How else might we help?

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