November 11, 2019 | By Jane O'Brien

Development, Performance

Not Just a Profile

The term ‘profile’ has become common-place in our everyday language. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and online dating sites are all based around the creation of a profile. Holiday snaps, selfies, employment status, plates of food, life stories, family events, inspirational quotes, professional articles and the like, are forever visible, floating somewhere in the cloud. Personal or business social media profiles provide an incredible stage for interaction with new and old friends, family and colleagues. Never before have we had such an accessible way to learn more about each other’s likes and dislikes or, in TMS speak, preferences.

At TMS we have a Profile too

However, it’s not the social media type. Over 30 years ago, our founders Dr Charles Margerison and Dr Dick McCann asked the question; What makes teams successful? As a result of their research they created the Team Management Profile (TMP). The TMP is about learning, not just assessment. It identifies eight core activities (Types of Work Wheel), mapped against four work preference measures (RIDO Scale) which combine to create an individual’s unique Team Management Profile. The TMP has been completed by over 2 million learners around the globe and is one of the world’s leading psychometric profiles for personal, team and leadership development.

It’s not just a Profile though

The TMP is not happy to just sit in the bottom of a draw once it’s been read. After using TMS for over 10 years, I’ve seen that teams who complete the TMP and successfully move from good to great have done so because the Profile was integrated into a programme. These programmes had a clear focus on learning outcomes and performance objectives underpinned by the TMS core concepts and theories.

Are you facilitating TMP programmes? Here are a few tips.

Promote -The TMP Hub

Before learners attend their TMP debriefing session, introduce them to the Online Activity Centre in the TMP Hub. Learners have 3 years free unlimited access and can explore 19 applications including quizzes, e-Books, videos and interactive exercises. Learners can also print and share their profile as well as save interactive reports.

Kick Start the Language of Teamwork

Before learners attend their debriefing session ask them to read the e-Book application, “The Language of Teamwork”. This is a great way to set the scene for the workshop and gives those with a preference for detail an overview of TMS.

Maintain – Keeping the language of TMS alive

  • Leader led – prior to a TMP rollout engage leaders to identify how they will measure the success and impact of a TMP Programme
  • Develop a series of effective and inspiring communications that are pre- and post-workshop. These don’t all need to be emails. (*For example: posters; desk drop notices; screen saver notices or a 2-minute meeting highjack).
  • Incorporate the ‘Areas of Self-Assessment’ from the TMP into coaching conversations and/or development plans
  • So what? Now what? In your debriefing sessions contract with individuals and teams their next steps. What are they going to do differently? What are they going to maintain? What are they going to STOP doing?

November 11, 2019 | By Jane O'Brien

Development, Performance

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