Who Gets Accredited?!? A look at our 2019 group.

Tom GibbonsLearning, Organization Development, TMS News4 Comments

We are going write a series of blog posts looking at the group of people that were accredited to use the Team Management Profile (TMP) in 2019. Not at an individual level but looking through the lens of preference and doing some comparisons to other demographics in the TMP research. We accredited enough people in 2019 to look at the data in this way and pose what we hope are some interesting questions. In each case the initial post will look at some data and pose some questions and the second post will add in some of my perspectives (hopefully based on comments from others)!

A few things about the 2019 accreditation group. It was almost a 50/50 split between internal, organizational people and independent consultants. Most were senior level, experienced practitioners focusing on developing and improving the performance of teams and individuals.

Below is the Team Management Wheel, the Team Management Profile graphic that illustrates role preferences. The percentages in the graphics that follow correlate to these role preferences.

Team Management Wheel

The first look is a higher level look comparing the major role preferences of the group that was accredited compared to the global group. Below are two graphics comparing these data sets.

One of the things we often consider with the Team Management Wheel is the preference distribution in segments of the wheel. For this post we are going to look at ‘west’ wheel preferences and ‘east’ wheel preferences. West wheel preferences include Innovating, Advising and Maintaining and east wheel preferences include Developing, Organizing and Producing. A simple comparison of total preference percentages in these areas shows:

So a LOT more west wheel preferences in the group of people accredited in 2019 to use the Team Management Profile than we see in the global group of people who have completed the TMP! And considerably less east wheel preferences with the 2019 group as well.

What might this mean? Below is a chart of the key questions that are focused on when work is done in the various east and west wheel work functions.

The east wheel work functions tend to focus on closure and getting things done. The west wheel work functions tend to focus on keeping things open and what could/should be done. The east wheel is more focused on tactics, the west wheel on strategy.

So what do you think is going on here; why such a big difference in east and west wheel preference distribution between these two demographics? What might the implications be; for those who are accredited and for those they plan to use the TMP with? What might the implications be for Team Management Systems as a company?

I look forward to your thoughts and to continuing the discussion with the next post!

4 Comments on “Who Gets Accredited?!? A look at our 2019 group.”

  1. Hi, Tom –

    I don’t remember how many Corentus people were certified, but they are still in early-stage if not start-up mode, which I imagine impacts the numbers somewhat? Because the kind of people they will be attracting at the moment would, I suspect, land more heavily on the west wheel side of things?

    1. Hi Deborah and thanks for the comment! Yes, the Corentus group is part of this sample and yes again to that group contributing strongly to the west wheel orientation of the overall data! I am actually creating some data specific to the group which will be shared through internal channels I assume.

      We do see more ‘north’ and ‘northwest’ preferences with people that are drawn to a start up and entrepreneurial focus. That work tends to require a lot of flexibility and openness to change and that is characteristic of the Innovating work function and the preferences correlated to that work function. The challenge can be when the need comes to ‘manage’ and organize all that flexibility and openness, when an idea needs to transition to operational effectiveness…

  2. Hi Tom,
    Thanks so much for posting and getting the creative juices flowing! I truly like this blog and the entire premise around it. It will keep my TMP thoughts and ideas fresh.
    I agree with Deborah’s thought process as well, and am happy to know your insight regarding north and northwest preferences regarding start up and entrepreneurial focus. Glad I fall where I prefer to be! 🙂

    1. Hi Tracey; thanks for your comment! The follow up post will be out soon and from here on I will be combining some data and some perspectives rather than splitting them up. Should make for a more concise approach. I think it’s good that we feel comfortable with our preferences; even if the work we do may not match all that well!

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