What is a Pathfinding Team?

Pathfinding 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 Pathfinding Team with an Anchoring Strategy

Let’s take a look at some example benefits and frictions of having a Pathfinding Team with an Anchoring Strategy

  • Your team is able to make concise decisions.
  • Your team’s willingness to embrace challenges can help spearhead those difficult conversations.
  • Your competitive spirit may conflict with your goal to embrace collaboration.
  • Your team may struggle slowing their pace down to focus more on collaboration.

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 processes as a team. They should pull together cross-functional teams when defining work processes. Ensure everyone who’s impacted by the process has a say in what might work or not work for their team—or for their own Jobs to Be Done. This helps keep the team accountable for building those procedures and build stronger relationships among team members.

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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