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Am I a Team Player?

Individual
Productivity
Personal
Innovation Follow
Through
Efficiency
Self
Measurement & Effective-
Discipline
ness
Work
Self
Process
Personal
Critical TEAM
Behavior
Events WORK
& Conduct
Goals
Collaboration
& Strategy

Climate &
Momentum Others
Atmosphere

Coordination Synergy

Team
Productivity

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Am I A Team Player?
Highly effective teams are made of great Work
Self
Process
contributors whose behavior aids the team
in it’s overall performance. Many TEAM
WORK
organizations have been studied and
surveyed to determine what the
characteristics of high performing teams
are, and additionally, what each individual Others
team member must contribute to make
these characteristics emerge.
A genetic structural model of what
teamwork is in it’s natural state has been
applied in the development of this The Three Fundamental Components of Teamwork

instrument. (See diagram).


Mirroring natural genetic structure and bi-
polar relationships the categories for
Efficiency teamwork have emerged. Expanding the
& Effective-
ness
comparisons between relationships in the
Work different hexagonal ‘cells’ can be carried out
Self
Process to determine the naturally occurring
TEAM phenomenon or effects one will experience
WORK on any team based upon their behaviors.
Goals Each individual’s impact as a team player
Collaboration
& Strategy will have a large effect on the team as a
Others
whole. The Team Player Survey is arranged
in these ‘cellular’ categories for easy visual
analysis at the end of the questionnaire.

The Three Fundamental Components of Teamwork


and Their Polar Relationships

Am I A Team Player Self Assessment


Step 1
Answer each self assessment question 1 – 30.

Step 2
Calculate your ‘mean scores’ for each category, and overall team player mean
score. Plot on the Team Player Impact Chart. Read the analysis and
interpretation guidelines.

Step 3
Follow the Personal Improvement Plan algorithm to set goals for improving as a
team player.

Am I A Team Player?

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Efficiency
It is recognized that one behaves differently within
& Effective- different teams depending upon each team’s unique
Work
ness
set of dynamics. For purposes of this self
Self
Process assessment it is important to think of your
TEAM
WORK
relationship with only one specific team while
Goals answering the questions.
Collaboration
& Strategy

Others Rate the following questions to the extent they are


true for your own behavior on a specific team or
workgroup. The scale runs from 1 (lowest or least)
The Three Fundamental Components of Teamwork to 10 (highest or most).
and Their Polar Relationships

Self
1) I consistently perform my roles and responsibilities on this team.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

2) I optimize my performance for the benefit of the team.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

3) I am continually self improving.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

4) I manage my own personal behavior for the benefit of this team.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

5) I support my team members.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Add together scores for each of the 5 questions above and divide by 5 for the category
mean________

Others
6) Others like working with me.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

7) I have a synergistic influence on the team.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

8) My participation on the team helps team members to be productive.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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9) I bring organizational skills to the team.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

10) I bring planning skills to the team.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Add together scores for each of the 5 questions above and divide by 5 for the category
mean________

W ork Process
11) I come up with ideas that improve the team’s work processes.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

12) I apply process improvement methods.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

13) I help the team stay focused on it’s goals.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

14) I help the team prioritize.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

15) I use data to measure team performance.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Add together scores for each of the 5 questions above and divide by 5 for the category
mean________

Efficiency and Effectiveness


16) My team members see me as productive.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

17) My participation adds to the efficiency of the team.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

18) My contributions to the team are error free and on time.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

19) I help the team stay focused on it’s critical events.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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20) I am always looking for a better way of doing things.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Add together scores for each of the 5 questions above and divide by 5 for the category
mean________

Collaboration
21) I make efforts to create synergy on the team.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

22) I manage my personal behavior and conduct to work well with others.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

23) I create a positive team atmosphere.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

24) Team synergy helps me do my best.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

25) I can align my personal work with the needs of the team.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Add together scores for each of the 5 questions above and divide by 5 for the category
mean________

Goals and Strategy


26) I am personally committed to the goals and strategy of the team.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

27) I support the goals and strategy of the team.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

28) I am committed to helping others achieve excellence.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

29) I am committed to continually developing my personal skills, knowledge


and abilities to support achievement of the team’s goals.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

30) I know how to organize the team to get things done.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Add together scores for each of the 5 questions above and divide by 5 for the category
mean________

Add together the mean scores for each category and divide by 6 for the overall team player
mean______

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Am I A Team Player?
TEAM PLAYER IMPACT CHART

SELF

OTHERS

WORK PROCESS

EFFICIENCY &
EFFECTIVENESS

COLLABORATION

GOALS AND
STRATEGY
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Mediocre Evolving
High
Surviving Developing Performing

Make a vertical mark for your mean score from each category on the bar chart
above. Put a dark vertical line through all of the bars corresponding to your
overall mean score.

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Overall Mean Score Analysis
THE SURVIVING TEAM PLAYER Overall Mean Scores of 5.00 or less.
It should come as no surprise that you are having trouble with teamwork. You
are costing your team energy and resources. As a Team Player you are
functioning with significant handicaps as well as serious stress related
symptoms. Mean scores of less than 5.00 indicate serious problems in several
areas simultaneously, if not across the board in every area. Conflicts , lack of
communication, unclear direction, untenable climate, low morale and low
satisfaction are just a few of the negatives you might be experiencing.
Consideration should be given as to whether or not you should try to continue on
the team you have used as the basis for this self assessment. Perhaps a fresh
start with some other team would be more positive. Check your scores to see
which categories are impacting most negatively and prepare to get down to work
immediately. A vigorous interventional process and personal growth plan is
called for if you are to survive as a contributing team member.

THE MEDIOCRE TEAM PLAYER Overall Mean Scores of 5.01 - 6.50.


Mediocre performance and just getting by are the hallmarks of this Team Player
score. Although some basic goals and objectives are being achieved, you are
capable of much more. A few low scoring categories, as well as categories
which are more positive, but not positive enough to drive overall mean scores
higher combine for a mediocre effect. Your contribution as a team player will get
you by for the near future, but low performing areas will eventually atrophy into
critical problems if no corrective action is taken. An examination of your level of
commitment, or the external factors blocking your path or both should be
undertaken as soon as possible. There are many opportunities for improvement
to be found. Look for stress related symptoms (absenteeism, lack of initiative,
lack of commitment, inconsistent follow through, low morale) as personal warning
signs. Your contribution to the team is questionable and lacks the resiliency for
the unexpected loads of additional responsibility or crisis management. You are
an ideal candidate for personal coaching and support.

THE DEVELOPING TEAM PLAYER Overall Mean Scores of 6.51 – 7.50


High Performance is within range for you as a team player. In fact, things are
going well in several areas for you. A few areas of concern are bringing your
scores down overall, but these low areas are balanced to a degree by some
positives. Building on strengths and working on one or two targeted
opportunities for improvement is the name of the game for you. You can do
more of what you already do well by optimizing positives while focusing on
making one or two significant changes in your lowest scoring areas. This is the
most common Team Player Score.

THE EVOLVING TEAM PLAYER Overall Mean Scores of 7.51 – 8.50


You are a contributing Team Player with some obvious strengths. You carry your
load well and bring positive benefits to your team. You are not a drain on the

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team’s energy or resources. You are most likely aware of any shortcoming you
may have and are actively working on them to continuously improve your
performance. Renew your commitment towards becoming a High Performing
Team Player because you are almost there. The team can count on you most of
the time.

THE HIGH PERFORMING TEAM PLAYER Overall Mean Scores of 8.51 –


10.00
Working in balance and harmony with others, creating synergy, demonstrating
world class collaboration and high degrees of effectiveness and efficiency
describe you. Your skills as a team player set the example for others who
depend upon you every day. Others like to work with you, the work processes
you interact with work better because of you, and your personal commitment,
discipline and follow through are at the highest standard. You are an extremely
strong asset to your team.

The dynamics on a team are ever changing, whereas at one time or another,
individual development may be stifled by external circumstances and conditions.
At other times, personal development as a team player may occur very quickly
due to new opportunities or conditions. Use this self assessment instrument
regularly to gauge your personal effectiveness as a team player on the different
teams you are a member of.

Team Player Effects:


According to the Team Player Molecule, the polar relationships of Self, Others and Work Process,
directly affect Efficiency and Effectiveness, Collaboration and Goals & Strategy. These
relationships, in turn, affect Personal Follow Through, Personal Behavior and Conduct, Team
Synergy, Coordination, Critical Events, and Team Innovation. Additionally, these effects share a
strong relationship with Self Discipline, Climate and Atmosphere, Team Productivity, Momentum,
Measurement, and Individual productivity. Fundamentally, the Team Player impacts everything in
the entire teamwork system of which they are a member.

CATEGORY OF SELF affects CATEGORY OF GOALS AND CATEGORY OF WORK


Personal Follow Through STRATEGY affects PROCESS affects
Self Discipline Work process Goals and Strategy
Personal Behavior and Conduct Critical Events Critical Events
Climate and Atmosphere Momentum Measurement
Efficiency and Effectiveness Coordination Innovation
Collaboration Others Efficiency and Effectiveness

CATEGORY OF OTHERS affects CATEGORY OF CATEGORY OF


Synergy COLLABORATION affects EFFICIENCY AND
Team Productivity Self EFFECTIVENESS affects
Coordination Personal Behavior and Conduct Personal Follow Through
Goals and Strategy Climate and Atmosphere Innovation
Collaboration Synergy Work process
Others Individual Productivity
Self

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T erms Explained:
Personal Follow Through- Personal follow through means that you accomplish what you
commit to with others. You make yourself more attractive as a team player by being dependable
and effective at accomplishing what you say you will do.
Personal Behavior & Conduct- Means that you do not bring negativity, moods, personal
agendas or other negativity to your relationship with other team members. You conduct yourself
in such a way as to enable rather than disable interactions with others.
Self Discipline- Means that you maintain a commitment to yourself to follow through with what
needs doing, or doing what you know to be right, despite the difficulty or discomfort it might cause
you personally. Self discipline also means performing these events with regularity and the
necessary intensity for successful accomplishment and to maintain a high level of performance as
an individual.
Synergy- Means the magical effect of producing more than the sum of the parts when people
work harmoniously together. Synergy can be recognized by harmonious interaction, higher
energy level, increased levels of productivity, and higher individual satisfaction during teamwork
processes.
Climate and Atmosphere- Means the environment which is created by people working together.
Morale, satisfaction, comfort, and participation are all influenced by climate and atmosphere.
Coordination- Means the ability to organize the efforts of two or more people so that goals and
strategies are accomplished.
Team Productivity – Means the collective amount and quality of work that is accomplished by
the team.
Critical Events- Means the things that are most important and necessary for the accomplishment
of team goals and strategies.
Momentum- Means the collective forward moving energy and positive progress of the team.
Innovation- Means the extent to which new approaches, ideas, and processes are developed by
the team.
Measurement- Means insights from significant data that accurately reflect current position and
progress.
Individual Productivity- Means the amount of personal accomplishment of individual goals and
objectives.
Personal Team Player Improvement Planning

List Your Highest Scoring Category _________________


These are strength areas you enjoy now. List 5 things you can do to increase your application of
these strengths as a team player:
1. ______________________________________
2. ______________________________________
3. ______________________________________
4. ______________________________________
5. ______________________________________

List Your Lowest Scoring Category ___________________


These are strength areas you enjoy now. List 5 things you can do to positively impact these
areas as a team player:
1._____________________________
2._____________________________
3._____________________________
4._____________________________
5._____________________________

Examine the rest of your Team Player Molecule Scores to target additional areas of improvement.
Re-examine yourself periodically to see how quickly you are improving. Ask others you can
confide in on the team to give you periodic feedback and to share their own perspectives and
suggestions for your development.

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