What is an Anchoring Team?

Introducing the Anchoring Team

An Anchoring Team is one of the nine Team Types identified by The Predictive Index.

Anchoring Teams are cooperative, patient, and dependable. Organized and careful in planning work activities, they still welcome input and involvement from the whole team. Team members are highly in tune with what’s going on across the organization, and are often less externally focused. There are established procedures for addressing conflict, designed to minimize detrimental outcomes.

Natural Strengths
  • Strikes a balance between process and people
  • Delivers new processes for internal purposes
  • Steadiness, cooperation, and dependability
Caution Areas
  • An inward focus at the cost of external-facing tasks
  • A tendency to overformalize processes
  • An occasional lack of agility

The science of an Anchoring Team

A Team Type is a collection of individuals’ behavioral patterns, as plotted within the Team Discovery tool. Team Discovery aggregates each individual’s PI Behavioral Assessment results. Then, using PI’s proprietary calculations, the tool plots each team member against a four-quadrant map. This lets you visualize the degree to which each person falls in one quadrant versus another. For a team whose members primarily fall within Process and Precision and the Teamwork and Employee Experience quadrants, they will often result in an Anchoring Team.

But it’s not this placement alone that determines the Team Type. As mentioned, we have to consider how strongly individuals fall within each quadrant, so there are cases where you might get results that don’t seem as obvious, even if a large portion of the members fall within one quadrant. To better understand how these individuals are plotted, check out the video below.

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Your business is not something you want to leave up to chance. To ensure a well-oiled machine, you need to understand how it runs and how to tune it. That means considering the behavioral traits of each new team member and how their traits can complement or balance the team they’re joining.

The Process & Precision quadrant

An Anchoring Team is associated with two quadrants, one of them being Process & Precision, but a team can have individuals from any quadrant.

The Teamwork & Employee Experience quadrant

This is the second quadrant that Anchoring Teams are most commonly associated with.

  • Focus on process and predictability
  • Prefer analytical decision making
  • Communicate after thorough reflection on their own
  • Focus on collaboration and relationship building
  • Prefer to support others to grow and develop
  • Resolve conflict by focusing on the people involved

Getting the best out of your team

With each team, there are strengths you want to lean on, as well as caution areas you should account for. Based on what you’ve learned about Anchoring Teams, use the interactive below to determine some actions to get the most from your team.

You shouldn’t just rely on your Team Type to achieve success. Although it’s important, there is also another factor to consider, and that’s your Team Strategy.

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