How to Script a ‘marvel’ous Team

How to Script a ‘marvel’ous Team

Contributed by – Venkatesh N. Mulabagilu

Adapted from a conference paper by the authors (2017, December 8). So, what is in it for you? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://goo.gl/K7YVLS.
Author profiles: https://www.linkedin.com/in/radhika-hari-5168967 and https://www.linkedin.com/in/manishakhurana

Introduction

As a manager leading a diverse pool of cognitive skill sets toward a common goal, you need to ensure that team members find their niche in the team for optimal performance. This can happen when members assert their dominant personality traits in both leveraging innate skills and using social, personal, and informational skills for effective interaction at the workplace.

In the growing gig economy, your role is to facilitate this change smoothly rather than just motivate the team. Gallup (1998) established this in a poll run on 2500 business units and 105,000 employee surveys. It based the survey on Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman’s 12 rules to measure the strength of a workplace (First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, 1999).

To do this, you can use standard personality tests such as MBTI and StrengthsFinder 2.0. Tests are scientifically accepted ways to introspect or gauge employees but form just one more input, are specific to a task, and only trained personnel can administer them. Development Conversations and Stay Interviews are a few other ways to assess and retain talent.

I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. (Martin Luther King Jr., ENFJ type)

The script

To usher in change at your workplace, we urge you to draw an insight from Marvel© heroes. Illustrated here are eight heroes who exemplify how to leverage your strengths and hone your interpersonal skills –you being an employee, manager, or one who interacts with them.

Marvelous Team
Icons for Inhumans and Vision by Manisha Khurana© and rest under Creative Commons from https://goo.gl/tVALki and https://goo.gl/whJJo7.

So, what is in it for you?
By replacing conflict with dialog and competition with an awareness of individual strengths, you create a win-win situation for yourself and your stakeholders. This leads to a sense of community and more equitable sharing of knowledge in the organization. In this way, you can introduce continuous improvement rather than force it top down, and ensure a more fulfilling career all around.
As Stan Lee, the creator of these heroes, says, “Excelsior!”