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How Does The Team Dimensions 2.0 Profile Work? – Part II

The crossed hands of teamwork.In addition to the four approaches there are Four Basic Roles identified in the Team Dimensions 2.0 Profile:

  • Creator – The Conceptual and Spontaneous Approaches combine to form the Creator role.  The Creator generates fresh, original, out-of-the-box concepts and ideas in ways that defy generally accepted structures or rules.  The Creator perceives “the big picture.”
  • Advancer – The Spontaneous and Normative Approaches combine to form the Advancer role.  The Advancer recognizes ideas and new directions in the early stages and develops ways to promote them.  The Advancer uses insightful planning based on past experiences and proven methods to advance ideas towards implementation.
  • Refiner – The Conceptual and Methodical Approaches combine to form the Refiner role.  The Refiner challenges concepts, often playing the devil’s advocate.  Using a methodical process to analyze things in an orderly manner, the Refiner will detect flaws, identify potential problems, and suggest alternative solutions.
  • Executor – The Methodical and Normative Approaches combine to form the Executor role.  The Executor lays the groundwork for implementation, ensuring that the process moves forward in an orderly manner to achieve high-quality results.

A fifth role, the Flexer, appears when an individual uses a combination of all four innovative approaches.

  • Flexer – The Flexer monitors the contributions of all team members and steps in to fill gaps in the team during the various stages of the process.

This information helps team development and the creation of a stronger and more cohesive team.

How Does The Team Dimensions 2.0 Profile Work? – Part I

Rowing Shows TeamworkThe Team Dimensions 2.0 Profile identifies four distinct approaches to thinking and behavioral styles among people involved in a team process.  It is used for team development.  The four approaches are:

  • Conceptual Approach – People who take a Conceptual Approach like to come up with new ideas.  They’re good at exploring alternatives and discussing concepts when presented with a problem or an opportunity.
  • Spontaneous Approach – People who take the Spontaneous Approach want freedom from constraint.  They tend to move from one subject to another, focusing on many things at once and sometimes showing impatience.
  • Normative Approach – People who take a Normative Approach prefer to put ideas in a familiar context.  They tend to let their past experience guide them, and they like to see the consequences before they act.
  • Methodical Approach – People who take a Methodical Approach prefer order and rationality.  When presented with a problem or opportunity, they tend to follow a step-by-step process, examining the details and carefully considering things before acting.

Typically, people tend to use two or more Approaches when working on a team.  The integration of approaches defines the roles of team members.  This information helps team development and the creation of a stronger and more cohesive team.

Part II of this post will discuss the identification of the Four Basic Roles shown in the results of the Team Dimensions 2.0 Profile.