As we did the project, we didn’t aware about the role behaviour as in Belbin’s model, we just assign task and responsibilities for each other. When I revise our corporation now in relate to Belbin’s model, I found that each of us actually took several different roles throughout our work. Not only because we were a small group with only five people, but also as in practice, the group need to be flexible and should not fix roles and responsibilities. The roles allocation was:Victoria: she was our team leader, and in relate the Belbin’s model, her role include plant, especially when there was problem arise; co-ordinator and shaper, as she co-ordinated our ideas and strategies, put them together and guide our group’s direction; monitor evaluator and completer finisher as she was sophisticated and has working experience, so she could identify those impractical ideas and possible mistake; and team worker as she has the quality to motivate others to work toward goals.
Gautam: he was responsible to gave advise on the whole business procedure, especially the design part and marketing distribution part. His role included plant, to gave ideas on production and marketing parts; resource investigator, as he consulted his family company staffs for advice on many aspects; monitor evaluator and completer finisher because with his knowledge, he knew what could be the best thing to do; and specialist.Vivian: she was responsible for report writing, time keeper, and also gave many advises on product design and marking promotion as she was the one who understand English culture most.
Her role included plant, monitor evaluator and implementer. Phil: he collected almost information we needed throughout our project, and whenever anyone in need, he was always happy to help. And he study very hard and know very well about all those business theories, so he contributed a lot in report writing.His role included plant, resource investigator, team worker, implementer, and specialist. Me, as I was more familiar with the production and exporting procedure in China, I was mainly responsible for the outsourcing operation part in China, which included finding information about factory production procedure and price, custom application process, shipping details, etc. Besides of the production part, I also gave ideas and strategies on design and promotion works.
My role hence included plant, resource investigator, and implementer.Although when we did the project we were unaware about the Belbin’s roles model, when I look back now, I can see that the model does describe these needed members’ behaviour in an effective and efficiency group. Although not every group got to the harmonic performance stage, I felt very lucky to be part of a cohesive group. Our group went through all five stages described by Tuckman. As we were classmates in the same course, we went through stage one very quickly. The storming stage mostly involve in the first week when we discussed which kind of business we should choose.
However, every conflict were dealt quickly and smoothly, this was partly because we know each other very well already, and also because no one of us has dominate personality, and I would like to say everyone in our group is very nice, helpful and hard working. So as long as we decided to do the greeting card business, we soon engaged to norming stage and set up the rules each one should follow. We did support each other, and our communication had always been very good. Based on the successful previous stages, our group perform very well, successful developed the business plan, and our report got second highest score in eight groups.
Finally, although our task had finished, all five of us became very good friends, and keep in good touch till now. After review the theories together with my own experience, I would conclude that, in practice, many group can work well even without awareness of this model. However, with these models’ help, we can better understand what is happening and going to happen during groups development, and this awareness can help us to better resolve any possible problem and get the perform stage more quickly.