Alters and teamroles

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Hello everyone!

I had two tests this week, physics and biology, and I’m so glad to be done with them! I’m probably gonna celebrate 😛

Anyway. I wrote a little longer kind of biography for my alters to show the people around me whom I feel need to know more about me and them, and so I handed it to my mentor at school. He has previously worked as some kind of consultant for team management, and he said that in my description of my alters he recognized several of Belbin’s team roles. To me, that was very interesting because I haven’t really thought of my alters as a team, but now that I think about it… If you leave out the causes, trauma, psychology, triggers and all that, what do you have left? A group of people who need to work together in order to create a high-functioning system. So, we could try and see alters and systems from a team managers point of view. A very hands-on, clever approach in my opinion and possibly a  He then proceeded to go through Belbin’s team roles with me. 
Here they are:

“Action Oriented Roles

Shaper (SH)
Shapers are people who challenge the team to improve. They are dynamic and usually extroverted people who enjoy stimulating others, questioning norms, and finding the best approaches for solving problems. The Shaper is the one who shakes things up to make sure that all possibilities are considered and that the team does not become complacent.

Shapers often see obstacles as exciting challenges and they tend to have the courage to push on when others feel like quitting.

Their potential weaknesses may be that they’re argumentative, and that they may offend people’s feelings.

Implementer (IMP)
Implementers are the people who get things done. They turn the team’s ideas and concepts into practical actions and plans. They are typically conservative, disciplined people who work systematically and efficiently and are very well organized. These are the people who you can count on to get the job done.

On the downside, Implementers may be inflexible and can be somewhat resistant to change.

Completer-Finisher (CF)
Completer-Finishers are the people who see that projects are completed thoroughly. They ensure there have been no errors or omissions, and they pay attention to the smallest of details. They are very concerned with deadlines, and will push the team to make sure the job is completed on time. They are described as perfectionists who are orderly, conscientious, and anxious.

However, a Completer-Finisher may worry unnecessarily, and may find it hard to delegate. 

People Oriented Roles

Coordinator (CO)
Coordinators are the ones who take on the traditional team-leader role and have also been referred to as the chairmen. They guide the team to what they perceive are the objectives. They are often excellent listeners and they are naturally able to recognize the value that each team members brings to the table. They are calm and good-natured and delegate tasks very effectively.

Their potential weaknesses are that they may delegate away too much personal responsibility, and may tend to be manipulative.

Team Worker (TW)
Team Workers are the people who provide support and make sure that people within the team are working together effectively. These people fill the role of negotiators within the team and they are flexible, diplomatic, and perceptive. These tend to be popular people who are very capable in their own right, but who prioritize team cohesion and helping people getting along.

Their weaknesses may be a tendency to be indecisive, and to maintain uncommitted positions during discussions and decision-making.

Resource Investigator (RI)
Resource Investigators are innovative and curious. They explore available options, develop contacts, and negotiate for resources on behalf of the team. They are enthusiastic team members, who identify and work with external stakeholders to help the team accomplish its objective. They are outgoing and are often extroverted, meaning that others are often receptive to them and their ideas.

On the downside, they may lose enthusiasm quickly, and are often overly optimistic.

Thought Oriented Roles

Plant (PL)
The Plant is the creative innovator who comes up with new ideas and approaches. They thrive on praise, but criticism is especially hard for them to deal with. Plants are often introverted and prefer to work apart from the team. Because their ideas are so novel, they can be impractical at times. They may be poor communicators and can tend to ignore given parameters and constraints.

Monitor-Evaluator (ME)
Monitor-Evaluators are best at analyzing and evaluating ideas that other people (often Plants) come up with. These people are shrewd and objective, and they carefully weigh the pros and cons of all the options before coming to a decision.

Monitor-Evaluators are critical thinkers and very strategic in their approach. They are often perceived as detached or unemotional. Sometimes they are poor motivators, who react to events rather than instigating them

Specialist (SP)
Specialists are people who have specialized knowledge that is needed to get the job done. They pride themselves on their skills and abilities, and they work to maintain their professional status. Their job within the team is to be an expert in the area, and they commit themselves fully to their field of expertise.

This may limit their contribution, and lead to a preoccupation with technicalities at the expense of the bigger picture.”


The idea is that these roles all need to be represented in order for the team to work well. 

We also talked about which of my alters take which roles, and here is what we came up with:

Wynn- Team Worker

The angry man- Shaper

Phemie- Monitor Evaluator

Rational part- the different versions of this part represent Completer Finisher, Implementor and Specialist. I think this alter’s favorite role is specialist though, and that’s certainly what it’s best at. 

The Sinner- Plant, though we weren’t sure, we do see the potential in this alter. 

Jiyu- Team Worker, Resource Investigator and Coordinator. Once again, we were not sure about the Coordinator and Resource Investigator roles, but we see the potential for it in Jiyu. 

The broken child and the phobic, paranoid, compulsive part are both too low-functioning to take on any of the above-listed roles and that’s okay. I already know why they are here and what they represent. 
Thinking about this made me realize something very important. The Rational part is not at all a leader, it prefers and is much better at being the Specialist or the one to get things done. Leading, however, is not that parts thing. It’s been host for a long time now but I think it’s time to let it get back to doing what it’s good at (being a total nerd) and leave the hosting to someone else. 

So, what do you guys think about this approach? 


2 thoughts on “Alters and teamroles

    brokenbutbeingrepaired said:
    October 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Well, being a team is what I’m aiming for. When the s•it hits the fan, we do survive. How? Luck, hard work and team work.
    In every day life however, that team work kinda evaporates. We battle amongst each other and at times it feels that it’s a case of the loser(s) die… would the winner since, like it or not, we all have to share a body.

    Wish our team worked as the slick, high scoring sport team or performed like the perfectly choreographed ballet but we don’t (yet).

    Out of chaos comes beauty….we hope!

      litenselleri responded:
      October 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      You’ll get there, I’m sure 🙂 Don’t give up!

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