Whether they consist of undergraduate or graduate students, to be successful, case competition teams must work together closely and intensely. Rapid team development becomes a priority if they are to be successful...this includes getting to know each other well, understanding potential strengths and gaps, and assigning roles and responsibilities well. Psychometric tools not only expedite these processes, but can provide a language for students to talk about how they will maximize their team's behavioral profile.
Whether the tools are utilized for selecting students, configuring teams, or understanding and managing team dynamics, individual and team data provides insight into such traits and skills including conscientiousness, sociability, creativity, dominance, empathy, impulse control, coachability, and many, many others. These assist teams (and their coaches) in determining which member(s) are best suited for specific roles and situations, and if there will be challenging interpersonal dynamics during the course of training and competition.
These tools can be utilized at several stages on the road to a case competition: 1. SELECTION: to determine if students are a good fit for specific case competitions as well as their individual strengths and gaps; 2. CONFIGURATION: once students have been selected, this data can be utilize to determine how individual students may or may not complement each others' styles and skills; 3. DEVELOPMENT: at the beginning of their training as a team, this data and workshop assists students in talking openly and honestly about each others' styles and provides a unique team-building opportunity
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In addition to the practical benefits that can contribute to a team's success, these tools provide students with an incredibly valuable learning experience. Not only will it prepare them for understanding similar tests that are used by potential employers, but it will give them additional insight into how their own style, personality, emotional and social skills, and motivators can be used to target career paths, organizational cultures, and future collaborators.
Dr. Klein's team profile assessment helped me better understand my own working style, not only in the case room, but in my personal and professional development. I feel as though it helped me become more attentive to my behavior in interpersonal settings. As a result, I can better describe my own strengths and weaknesses to others, making me a more effective team member.
We confirmed lots of things we experienced but didn't put into words. In the competition, communication is key, any team that is not able to reach agreements fast and effectively under pressure will have a very tough ride. Knowing our different personality styles beforehand would have made the process of building our dynamic much easier.
Doing a group profile with Michael Klein was highly beneficial for our team as it allowed us to gain a deeper insight into each team member's communication tendencies, ideal environments, and specific value-add. It was great to be able to reflect on what allowed us to win and how to utilize these aforementioned insights in future endeavours both in a professional and personal capacity. Michael was an excellent facilitator in our team's reflection process.