The Belbin® Graduate Experience

From: 90 (p/p or per event ex-vat)

Belbin Team Roles provide the language of teams, enabling people to project and talk about their behavioural strengths and ‘allowable weaknesses’ in a safe, non-confrontational and productive way. They help to compose successful teams, fine-tune existing teams for high-performance, and ensure that each team member’s behavioural contributions are harnessed to best effect. Facilitators from Event Square and Belbin Ireland have combined their experience and expertise to deliver a rich and lasting team development experience. From graduate onboarding programmes to meeting the bespoke needs of more complex leadership teams, Event Square and Belbin offer a blended approach that combines physical, mental and cerebral tasks with Belbin exercises designed to help teams recognise their Team Role contributions and bring to life the characteristics of the nine Team Roles.

* The Belbin Experience begins two – three weeks before your Team Day. Please read below for further details about the process.

The Belbin Process

  • The process will kick off with a call with a Belbin facilitator during which we will establish your team building goals and desired outcomes and go through some very basic administrative set up requirements.
  • Each team member will complete a Self-Perception Inventory (SPI) from the comfort of their own home or office – which takes 20 minutes online.
  • On completion, each member will be asked to select between four and eight colleagues, associates or team members to complete what we refer to as an ‘Observer Assessment’ (OA).
  • SPI and OA results are combined to produce each individual’s 360° Belbin® Team Role Profile – an eight-page personal report (see sample report) that offers advice and guidance on how an individual might work best, communicate their preferences to others and cultivate their talents and strengths.
  • The Belbin Administration System will also produce a Belbin® Team Report that explores the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and risks for each team.

The Belbin® Team Feedback Session

On the day of your Event Square/Belbin event, we will present the results of your Belbin Team Report and illustrate how the roles and behaviours that we naturally perform best and worst can make a huge difference to our own productivity and our interactions with others.

This face-to-face session will focus on how a team becomes effective when;

  • Team members understand their own strengths and weaknesses and the strengths and weaknesses of their team members
  • All nine Team Roles are represented within the Team
  • How to exploit the team’s strengths and contain its weaknesses

Belbin Team Feedback and 1:1 sessions are also available online. Please see the Belbin Virtual Experience for more details.

Belbin Team Reports:

Individual profiles are analysed as a collective through a Belbin Team Report. This explores the strengths, ‘allowable’ weaknesses, opportunities and risks for team performance improvement.

In a nutshell, Belbin Team Role Profiles will give you:

  • Self-aware individuals who can adapt their behaviours according to the situation and business need
  • Balanced teams based on behavioural contributions rather than job titles
  • The right people doing the right tasks, leading to better-performing teams
  • Depersonalised team conversations, using a common language to discuss team contributions
  • Informed, impartial decision-making, based on fact rather than a ‘gut-feel’ which may be subject to unconscious bias
  • Confidence when making decisions involving people
  • Insight into behavioural strengths and weaknesses which aren’t necessarily revealed by a CV
  • The language to help facilitate coaching conversations

Groups that can benefit from The Belbin Graduate Experience include:

  • Graduates/Onboarding
  • Teams requiring Conflict Resolution
  • Teams looking to transform into High Performance Teams
  • Teams aspiring to improve Communication
  • Leaders/Senior Management

Schedule for the Workshop:

The workshop will be structured according to you team’s bespoke needs. A typical workshop kicks off with an introductory briefing followed by 6-8 short experiential team tasks, finishing with a pre-lunch debrief.  The afternoon programme combines classroom learning with outdoor challenges for the team.

  • Outdoor Activities

The aim of these activities is to apply and embed the teambuilding concepts learned in the classroom.  Delegates will be given the opportunity to immerse themselves in practical teambuilding tasks and experience how our concepts apply to real-life challenges.

Sample Itinerary:

  • 08.45:  Group arrive in conference room -Tea/Coffee & Snack
  • 09:00:  Introduction by lead facilitator on setting the scene for the day and goals and ground rules will be established. Safety & Challenge by Choice brief by Event Square
  • 09:30 Event Square Experiential Activity – WeGo Team Challenge

The group will take part in a series of short challenges that incorporate the fundamentals of effective team work in order to successfully complete the task. All tasks will be approx. 20-25 minutes with 5 minutes for review and 2-5 minutes to move to next challenge. Sample challenges below

WeGo Team Challenge Sample Activities:

1. Planks Puzzle
2. Toxic Swamp
3. Towers of Hanoi
4. Sheep & Shephard
5. Minefield
6. Leonrado’s Bridge

There will be 3 tasks before a mid-morning break and 3 tasks after leading to lunch.

  • 10.45: Mid-Morning Break – Tea, coffee & snack
  • 11.00: Resume challenges
  • 12:15: Debrief on morning tasks and learning outcomes – Lead facilitator
  • 13:00: Lunch
  • 14:00: Classroom session lead by facilitator
  • 14.30: Event Square Experiential Activity – All Aboard Challenge (Alternate options depending on venue include the A-Team Challenge or Bushmaster Survival Challenge).
  • 16:30 – Debrief of the day’s activities led facilitator
  • 17:00 Training ends

All Aboard Team Challenge Sample Activities:

A ‘one team’ collaborative multi activity & construction challenge involving the whole group. The event takes the form of a blend of physical, mental and cerebral challenges in an indoor and outdoor venue with a construction challenge finale. Teams must appoint an overall leader and 2 sub-leaders for this challenge. The group must design and build a system that will stop a raw egg from breaking when dropped from a height and ensure that part of the shell is touching the groups when it comes to rest. The group must earn point by completing challenges in order to purchase construction materials.

  • Indoor Zone – physical mental & cerebral challenges
  • Outdoor Zone – physical mental & cerebral challenges
  • Navigation & Retrieval Zone
  • Design Zone

What is included? 

  • Expert Facilitator
  • Venue Sourcing
  • Event Planning
  • Day long Belbin Experience combining integrated classroom learning with an experiential learning activity program

What is not included? 

  • Food & Beverages are an extra cost. We can organise this for you through the chosen venue
  • Meeting Room & Venue Hire
  • Transport to and from the venue but we can organise this for you

How can it help your team?

In short, using Belbin Team Roles will give you:

  • Balanced teams based on behavioural contributions rather than job titles
  • Self-aware individuals who can adapt their behaviours according to the situation and business need
  • The right people doing the right tasks, leading to better-performing teams
  • Depersonalised team conversations, using a common language to discuss team contributions
  • Informed, impartial decision-making, based on fact rather than a ‘gut-feel’ which may be subject to unconscious bias
  • Confidence when making decisions involving people
  • Insight into behavioural strengths and weaknesses which aren’t necessarily revealed by a CV
  • The language to help facilitate coaching conversations

Key Team Benefits:

  • Leadership Development & Skills
  • Management Training
  • Conflict Management
  • Employee Engagement
  • Change Management
  • Recruitment and Career Development
  • Communication skills
  • Personal Development and Coaching
  • Shared experience
  • Group cohesion

Event Information:

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