A Belbin Team Role Approach to Christmas
By The Belbin Team (Head Quarters UK). Adapted by Belbin SA.
What is your Top Belbin Team Role? Can you see yourself, family and friends in the different Belbin Team Role Approaches to Christmas?
The Plant is most likely to buy or make amazing presents that will range from ingenious to completely useless. However, they are unlikely to wrap them or remember where they put them. It’s not going to be your traditional Christmas dinner either – think tempeh instead of turkey, and muffins in place of mince pies.
The Resource Investigator may always be on the lookout for the best Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals and ready to talk their way to an even better deal. They may be known to copy present ideas from others and have too many Christmas dinner invitations to handle.
The Co-ordinator is likely to have delegated the Christmas shopping to others and have everyone fully deployed for Christmas day – the ‘best’ people on cooking the roast lamb, turkey, mince pies and laying the table, as well as arranged for Granny to be picked up. Now where’s that sherry…?
The Shaper may tend to love the pressure of last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve. They go into town at 2pm and have it all done in a flash. They’ve got everyone ready to sit down for lunch at 12 on the dot and probably started a heated discussion over Christmas lunch.
The Monitor Evaluator may spend hours on comparison websites and reading reviews in order to make the best present choice. Definitely not one for the frivolous present and they may end up giving vouchers if they can’t decide.
The Teamworker is likely to worry over buying the right presents – afraid that they might choose the wrong thing and upset someone. They want to make sure everyone has a lovely Christmas. They are great at diffusing the inevitable Christmas Day arguments and any stress over burnt poultry or leg of lamb.
The Implementer organises Christmas shopping via spreadsheets and buys variations on a theme from last year, if they were successful presents. They have the roast in the oven at 6am on the dot and know the exact timings of everything needed to help the day run smoothly.
The Completer Finisher stays up until 3am on Christmas morning wrapping presents with the neatest corners, bows, ribbons – the works! The house is beautifully decorated, with details in every nook. They insist on doing all of Christmas lunch themselves, then collapses in a heap in the corner at the end of the day.
The specialist has been researching the best method for the most crisp, yet fluffy roast potatoes possible for months and wants to tell you all about it. Don’t ask them about how to cook anything else though ;).