What is an Exploring Team?
What you'll learn:
This course will cover the strengths and caution areas associated with Exploring Teams, explain how this and other Team Types are determined, and demonstrate how Strategy Types can impact an Exploring Team.
Exploring Teams and Strategy
Knowing your Team Type is just one step in achieving those business results. You also need to consider the strategy to achieve those results. Understanding your team in the context of the work to be done helps you identify risks and gaps when it comes to executing your team’s strategy. The Predictive Index also conducted extensive research to determine the 10 different Strategy Types that pair with those nine Team Types. Use the interactive below to learn about each of the 10 types.
How do Strategy Types impact Team Types?
You might have noticed that many of those Strategy Types look familiar to the Team Types we learned about earlier. That being said, you’re not always going to have a Strategy Type that directly matches your Team Type. In fact, it’s common to have a different Strategy Type, because priorities shift and new members might join the team at various times.
Don’t panic: A team and strategy mismatch won’t spell doom for your people. Instead of worrying about matching those types, you should instead focus on what strengths and gaps your team has to consider to reach its goals. This awareness sets the team up for success rather than leaving things up to chance. The Team Discovery tool even provides recommendations based on your Team Type and Strategy Type combination.
An Exploring Team with a Stabilizing Strategy
Let’s take a look at some example benefits and frictions of having an Exploring Team with a Stabilizing Strategy:
- Your fast pace can help ensure processes are efficient and not just there to be there.
- Your team can often come up with innovative ways to achieve process and precision.
- Your team may have trouble sticking to defined processes.
- Your team may get stuck perfecting an idea rather than jumping to the next one.
Knowing where you are and aren’t covered to tackle your strategy is pivotal to taking the right action for your team. In this example, one recommendation you might get from the tool is that this team should plan out its initiatives in a much more thorough manner than team members might be used to. When planning, define which processes must be followed each step of the way to meet quality expectations. This structure can help team members keep others in check and stop them from bouncing to the next idea before one is truly finished.
Check out this story on how a PI clients was able to use their Team Types and Strategy Types successfully:
Every strategy is executed by a team, which is ultimately made up of individuals. This is why it’s important to be not only aware of yourself, but your team and your strategy as well.