What is an Adapting Team?

Adapting Teams and Strategy

Knowing your Team Type is just one step in achieving business results. You also need to consider the strategy to achieve those results. Understanding your team in the context of the work to be done helps you identify risks and gaps when it comes to executing your team’s strategy. The Predictive Index also conducted extensive research to determine the 10 different Strategy Types that pair with those nine Team Types. Use the interactive below to learn about each of the 10 types.

How do Strategy Types impact Team Types?

You might have noticed that many of those Strategy Types look familiar to the Team Types we learned about earlier. That being said, you’re not always going to have a Strategy Type that directly matches your Team Type. In fact, it’s common to have a different Strategy Type, because priorities shift and new members might join the team at various times. 

Don’t panic: A team and strategy mismatch won’t spell doom for your people. Instead of worrying about matching those types, you should instead focus on what strengths and gaps your team has to consider to reach its goals. This awareness sets the team up for success rather than leaving things up to chance. The Team Discovery tool even provides recommendations based on your Team Type and Strategy Type combination. 

An Adapting Team with an Exploring Strategy

Let’s take a look at some example benefits and frictions of having an Adapting Team with an Exploring Strategy:

  • Your wide variety of talent can help tackle the varies strategic initiatives for the team.
  • Your team can adapt where necessary when efforts don’t result in the expected outcome.
  • Your team may be too inclined to adapt as opposed to sticking to one set of ideas to move work forward.
  • Your team’s operations may be in flux and can duplicate efforts.

Knowing where you are and aren’t covered to tackle your strategy is pivotal to taking the right action for your team. In this example, one recommendation you might get from the tool is that this team should push everyone to think ahead. Members should challenge the team to constantly think ahead to what might be next on the roadmap. Even as they’re building something new and exciting, ask them to think forward to identify new opportunities. This will help since, with an adapting team, you might not always have a clear set of individuals who will be naturally suited for challenges. Identifying early on who can adapt effectively to accomplish team goals is critical.

Check out this story on how a PI clients was able to use their Team Types and Strategy Types successfully:

Every strategy is executed by a team, which is ultimately made up of individuals. This is why it’s important to be not only aware of yourself, but your team and your strategy as well.

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