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TMS Research – Perspectives: Age and Analytic and Belief Preferences

TMS Research – Perspectives: Age and Analytic and Belief Preferences

Over the next little while I will be writing some posts using the data which comes from the newest version of Team Management Systems research; RM5. A couple of things about these posts: I will be using data  directly from the TMS research material I will be adding my subjective perspective on why this data may be what it is I’ll be asking others for their perspectives The TMS research does not establish ‘causality’.  It provides data gathered from demographic groups from around the world.  Our perspectives on causality are subjective but nevertheless I think can produce some valuable and needed conversation.  They can illustrate lots of differing ideas that can potentially... »

Which Work Functions are the Biggest Struggle – Part 2

Which Work Functions are the Biggest Struggle – Part 2

The last post identified 3 of the work functions from the Margerison McCann Types of Work Model that tend to be challenging for teams in organizations to play: Maintaining Advising Developing When we add work preferences into the picture from the Team Management Profile (TMP) there are additional perspectives that may be at play here.  The work preferences identified in the TMP are as follows: These work preferences are correlated to the work functions of the Types of Work Model; some preferences are more closely related to some work functions than others. This is a very important part of the TMP and is illustrative of why Maintaining, Advising and Developing may be a challenge for teams. Th... »

Which Work Functions are the Biggest Struggle?

Which Work Functions are the Biggest Struggle?

The Types of Work Model has been around for over 30 years. Developed by Charles Margerison and Dick McCann as part of their research into high performing teams it the foundational model for the Team Management Profile. It lists 8 work functions and the skills of Linking that are critical to high performance. The original research found that balance and linking were important to high levels of performance. Appropriate (not necessarily equal) balance in the performance of the various work functions and good linking between team members and other parts of the organization. I have worked with this model for over 15 years and sometimes get asked which work functions tend to be the biggest struggl... »

2018 – What’s Up At TMS Americas?!?

2018 – What’s Up At TMS Americas?!?

January 4th, 2018 and I am looking out my office window on a bright blue sky and sparkling sun. The trees are devoid of leaves and it is a bitter cold – 15 Celsius here in London, Ontario, Canada.  Good to be inside even though it is quite beautiful out there. The above I can be certain of, the rest of 2018 not so much! I think all of us are more or less in the same space. As we enter a new year we hope for a good year and wish others the same. We make some New Year’s Resolutions, do our best to plan how to create a good new year and off we go, both personally and organizationally. Then the year actually happens! And sometimes in that ‘happening’ our ‘plans̵... »

A Sad Time for TMS Americas – A Time for Reflection

A Sad Time for TMS Americas – A Time for Reflection

It has been a sad period of time for us at TMS Americas. Yet within this time is a chance (sometimes forced upon us) for reflection on what we do and what it means to us. As many of you know, our colleague and co managing director of TMS Americas, Bonnie Cooper retired at the end of June. Of course with any small organization someone leaving leaves a big gap. Then, a few weeks ago our colleague, Kathi Jolliffe’s younger brother passed away after a short and unexpected battle with cancer. Just last year he ran the Boston Marathon with Kathi cheering him on to the finish after she had completed the half marathon. That same week my mother passed away at the age 93. She had a stroke 2 1/2 ... »