What is a Bolstering Team?

Bolstering 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. 

A Bolstering Team with an Executing Strategy

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

  • A move toward increased consistency can be an opportunity for your team to collaborate and reach consensus even more methodically than it would otherwise.
  • Your team’s loyalty to the organization can help rally the team together around a mission of increasing efficiency that alone they otherwise might not be naturally suited for.
  • Your team may struggle to balancing stable options for existing customers versus the team’s natural interest in bringing new innovation to others.
  • The formal structure and processes that accompany an Executing strategy may feel stifling to members of your team.

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 define when the status of work is perfect versus when it is good enough. Having members that are appointed to maintaining quality and others that are responsible for delivering can strike a balance of the needs of your organization when compared to the natural strengths of your team.

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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