P1000292This is Nick Fox’s second speech. His assignment: to focus on effective organising so that it leads the audience to a clearly defined goal. The speech should include a beginning, a body and a conclusion; some major facts or ideas and appropriate supporting material incorporating smooth transitions.

There’s no I in Team … or is there?

“Who here has ever thought that the world would be a better place if everyone was just like you?

Who here has ever been managed by a manager who didn’t want to listen to what you tell them?

Who here has ever worked with a team member who was so stubborn, nothing you could say could change their mind?

Who here has ever had a colleague who wanted to know every single detail about everything?

Well ladies and gentleman my aim is to introduce you to these different folk and re-assure you that these people are actually human and can be labelled

So what are the benefits of teamwork?

Teamwork can help energize employees and creates a strong sense of morale

To build effective teams, you must help your employees foster the teamwork skills that deliver results

So what is the definition of a team? “A group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job, or project”

What makes a successful team member? A company called Insights believe it’s about 4 things; social awareness, self-awareness, self-management and relationship management.  They also believe that personalities can be broken down in to 4 colours.

Blue – Cautious, precise, deliberate, questioning, formal and analytical, on a good day – but on a bad day; stuffy, indecisive, suspicious, cold, reserved.

Green – Caring, encouraging, sharing, patient and relaxed, on a good day – but on a bad day; docile, bland, plod, stubborn.

Yellow – Sociable, dynamic, demonstrative, enthusiastic, persuasive and expressive, on a good day – but on a bad day; excitable, frantic, indiscreet, flamboyant, hasty.

Red – Competitive, demanding, determined, strong willed, purposeful, a driver, on a good day – but on a bad day; aggressive, controlling, driving, overbearing, intolerant.

You can be a mix of colours but people tend to have a dominant colour. What do you think your dominant colour would be?


Green – Show them you care

Yellow – involve them

Blue – give them the details

So in answer to my opening statement……”There’s no ‘I’ in team or is there?” I would suggest that there most certainly is not, but it does take individual characteristics to build a successful team and we all know deep down that the world would be a boring place if we were all the same.”


Nick Fox MBIFM Tech IOSH Assoc CIPD; Facilities Management professional, BIFM South West Secretary and keen sportsman who’s motivated by personal development.

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