Team Vibe Assessment

The motive to conduct a Team Vibe Assessment is usually that there are frictions in a team or that there is untapped potential (which is often, but not necessarily, linked to self organizing teams).

The goal of the team vibe assessment is to determine the vibe of the team as a whole, the team members individually and the team leader in order to be able to take the right actions.

The reason is that the not every action leads to a good result. According to management consulting firm McKinsey 70% of change projects don’t reach their goals. One of the main hidden reasons is that the current vibe of the team is not taken into account. E.g. a team that is in the negative vibe is not ready (yet) to fully embrace a new initiative. First the vibe needs to be raised.

The result of the assessment is that one the hand you will receive insights in the current dynamics and on the other hand that you will receive recommendations to raise the vibe.

Vibes

There are four different vibes: negative, neutral, positive and inspiring. The two axes are: feeling safe and feeling supported.

Each vibe that is higher than the negative one benefits increasingly in these ways:

  • Faster problem solving
  • Increased productivity, efficiency and effectivity
  • Faster spotting of opportunities
  • Increased cooperation
  • Co-workers love coming to work
  • Attracting and keeping top talent (despite lower wages or less benefits)
  • More openness to change
  • Better atmosphere: more fun and job satisfaction

The reason is that each higher vibe increases the feeling of safety and support.

When the vibe of individuals or teams decreases, then:

  • More time is spent to look out for potential (psychological) threats
  • More time is spent in actions and discussions to protect oneself
  • Projects go over time and budget
  • Low performance
  • Co-workers not available because of illnesses, burn-outs, bore-outs
  • Top talent is lost
  • Co-workers take their negative vibe home
  • Resistance to change increases

The lower the vibe, the less safe and supported people feel.

The more safe and protected they feel, the less energy they have to put in protecting themselves and the less they have to be (unconsciously) on the lookout for potential psychological threats. For example: “Is it safe to voice my ideas or concerns?”

The more people are stimulated to grow, the better they will perform and the more they will feel supported. Growing can mean learning new skills or knowledge, but also becoming a better version of yourself. A version with less fears, more self-confidence, more self-awareness and more compassion. This goes hand in hand with higher levels of happiness and performance.

Approach

These are the steps:

1. Interview with the leader or coach of the team to learn about the working conditions of the team.

2. Anonymous online assessment of 20 statements (to detect the vibe) and 4 open questions (to get more context).

  • All team members including the leader take the assessment.
  • The leader takes the assessment for a second time and estimates what the average rating of the team will be on every statement.

3.A report is created that includes:

  1. Executive summary with the main points of attention and recommendations.
  2. A detailed report for every statement:
    • Average score of the team.
    • Differences between team members or between the team and the leader.
    • Background information for every statement including points of attention.
  3. Recommendations regarding which steps to take to increase the vibe.

4. This report is presented to and reviewed with the leader or the coach including possible next steps. These are examples of potential next steps:

  • The leader can facilitate the team themselves (if necessary with one of our coaches as sounding board).
  • A personal development plan for the leader.
  • The leader or an internal coach learns our approach and techniques to facilitate the team to raise its vibe (using our D.U.E.T. model).
  • One of our coaches facilitates the team to make the transition to the next vibe.

Contact us to discuss if a Team Vibe Assessment is a good first step to increase the performance and well-being of your team.