Are you tempted to discover the mechanisms that govern your team’s functioning? Everything seems fine within the team but, still, something seems off? You wish to see the X-ray of your team’s decision making process?
If yes, or close to a “yes”, read on.
Group dynamics is a truly complex issue, and us at Starfish made it our goal to sustain high quality relationships among the people who make up a team. Therefore we brought “in our home” a methodology and the instruments that will help you discover both the answers to your questions and the solutions to you day to day struggles.
We’re talking about the Group Styles Inventory™ (GSI) and the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) instruments, both part of the Human Synergistics methodology. Our certified consultants are ready to take on the challenges of your team!
Let’s take them in one by one.
Life Styles Inventory (LSI)
Developed by Dr. J. Clayton Lafferty in the ’70s, Life Styles Inventory (LSI) measures 12 styles or specific thinking patterns which can contribute to or suppress personal efficacy. These 12 styles measured by the LSI are organized in 3 groups, visually represented on a Circumplex:
- Constructive (in blue) including the styles Achievement, Self-Actualising, Humanistic-Encouraging & Affiliative;
- Passive/Defensive (in green) including the styles Approval, Conventional, Dependent & Avoidance;
- Aggressive/Defensive (in red) including the styles Oppositional, Power, Competitive, Perfectionistic.
The high volume of studies on these thinking patterns that the LSI measures showed that they have a great impact on areas such as:
- Work performance
- Efficacy in problem solving
- Quality of interpersonal relationships
- Team dynamics and organizational culture
LSI is a questionnaire that, in its self-administered form, allows the participants to uncover which thinking patterns govern their behaviors and how do these contribute to their overall efficacy. One’s own perception might differ from the perception of others, though. For this reason, another questionnaire was created, which measures other people’s perceptions (up to 8 respondents) and offers confidential, objective feedback on how others perceive the behaviors of the participants. Thus, we can obtain data that is essential to a development process.
All the results are represented on the Human Synergistics Circumplex, ensuring a swift identification of the defensive styles that are to be reduced and the constructive styles that have potential for growth.
Your team will benefit from the LSI experience if:
- You wish to deepen your understandings of yourselves, individually, by reflecting upon the values, beliefs, and assumptions that each of you have, while also discovering how these reflect on the others;
- You aim to increase your leadership capabilities and sense of ownership;
- You’re preoccupied with developing abilities such as negotiation, time management, problem solving and relationships;
- You’ve decided as a team that you wish to evolve towards a more constructive and productive climate.
Group Styles Inventory – GSI
Group Styles Inventory – GSI measures the constructive and defensive elements that make up group interaction through the 12 styles.
By applying the GSI you will uncover all the individual perceptions that the team members have regarding how the group interacts when solving problems and tasks. Your group’s combined answers produce an assessment of group needs and they identify the behaviors that the group needs to change or develop in order to work in synergy.
GSI explores the climate and the atmosphere which govern the group’s work sessions, each member’s behavior and, very important, the impact that the group has on each of its members.
Some group styles are productive and lead to high quality decisions which the members accept and support. Other group styles are counterproductive, leading to low or average quality decision which the members only partially accept.
In the same note, some group styles can be very people-oriented, with members that treat each other kindly and who support each other; other groups can be very task oriented, with members approaching tasks in a very structured and rational manner.
After applying GSI you will obtain a visual representation of each indivdual’s perception of group interaction and the perception of the whole group, both mapped out on the Circumplex.
The questionnaire can be used on any type of group – permanent or temporary – which interacts for problem solving or decision making.
The group profile obtained through GSI gets interpreted and analyzed with the team in order to answer question such as:
- Which dominant styles could lead to high quality or low quality decisions?
- Did group members accept the final decision?
- Which factors contributed to the acceptance/rejection of the decision?
- What should the group do differently next time in order to improve its performance?
A team that has experienced the GSI is a team that understands how and why it behaves in a certain way. Group members can use this information to change the way they think and, consequently, the way they act in a team situation. This promotes better communication and collaboration. In addition, group members receive a practical knowledge of positive behaviors which can be brought in and connected to their job.
Your team will benefit from the GSI experience if:
- You wish to increase your levels of innovation and ideas sharing;
- You seek to reach consensus easier while making decisions and to shape up your problem solving skills;
- You’re preoccupied with your development as a group and you’re looking for an instrument that offers an accurate measurement of change and evolution.