Building an effective team does not have to be a complicated process. In this blog, I am going to show you how to build an effective team using the Emergenetics model. It’s a scientifically proven model that has been used by Fortune 500 companies such as Aflac and Paypal. The Emergenetics model helps us discover our natural strengths, work better in teams, make better decisions, and understand how we think and behave. It is made up of four thinking attributes: analytical, conceptual, structural, and social thinking. Each thinking attribute brings unique characteristics to the team.
Analytical thinkers are logical, rational, objective, and skeptical. These individuals learn through mental analysis and excel at creating systems that accommodate lots of details. You may be an analytical thinker if you like to review new technology and read materials for a meeting ahead of time. When approaching this thinking preference with a new idea, they want the research and facts behind it.
Conceptual thinkers are imaginative, creative, innovative, visionary, and intuitive about ideas. This thinking preference can be a catalyst for change and can come up with unconventional ideas that enables them to see a situation from different vantage points. They learn through experimenting. You may be a conceptual thinker if you see new projects as a new opportunity, search for new ways to solve an old problem, and have a clear vision for your future.
Structural thinkers are practical, predictable, and methodical. They are cautious of new ideas. They learn by doing and like following procedures and guidelines. This thinking preference excels at creating solid and actionable plans. You may be a structural thinker if you like a job with a lot of rules and regulations.
Social thinkers are sympathetic, connected, socially aware, and intuitive about people. They genuinely care about the welfare of others including their feelings and personal growth. They learn by being shown and being involved in the process. You may be a social thinker if you pick up on the vibrations of those around you, and care about the well-being of your coworkers and clients.
Now that you understand the different thinking preferences let’s move on to building our team. For this example, let’s say we are putting together a team to sale t-shirts that includes an analytical, conceptual, and structural thinker.
The analytical thinker is going to be able to analyze problems and can work with facts and figures. The conceptual thinker is going to be able to generate ideas and take the team far with creative problem solving. The structural thinker is going to provide administrative support and assist with the implementation process through a systematic approach. In this scenario, who is going to think about the customer?
Without the social thinker the team has missed the mark on customer service which is a fundamental part of the t-shirt business. The social thinker is going to bring the human aspect to the group. They keep the group working together through their excellent interpersonal skills and social awareness.
Teams built around the Emergenetics model will also include trimodal and quadra modal thinkers. Individuals with more three or more thinking preferences recognize the different contributions on the team and act as a translator between different thinking preferences. The last think you will need on your team is a variation behavioral attribute. These include individual levels of expressiveness, flexibility, and assertiveness.
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