- Group Styles Inventory (Human Synergistics)
Group Styles Inventory (GSI)
Group Styles Inventory (GSI) highlights temporary or long-term team’s behavior features that help or hinder team’s performance in a way that makes it easier for the individuals to discuss scenarios to overcome team interaction obstacles and achieve a more effective teamwork dynamic.
Level 1 – Axis:
- Horizontal Axis: People-Task Orientation. Thinking and behavior influenced by a concern with either completing tasks or people.
- Vertical Axis: Satisfaction-Safety Needs. Thinking and behavior influenced by the need to fulfill higher-order satisfaction needs or to protect one’s own sense of security.
Level 2 – Orientation:
- Constructive: It happens in the juxtaposition of looking to satisfy higher-order needs and considering both, people and task-related concerns, with a slight bias towards attaining organizational goals through people’s development.
- Passive/Defensive: This style is completely oriented towards people while reinforcing individual insecurities. The individuals and teams in this style submit themselves to the organization, creating stress for themselves and the team, while producing predictable and non-conflicting results.
- Aggressive/Defensive: This style is all about putting tasks before people driven by underlying insecurities. Team members make decisions based on status rather than expertise, and conflict rather than collaboration.
Level 3 – Styles:
- Constructive Styles: Achievement, Self-actualizing, Humanistic-Encouraging, Affiliative
- Passive-Defensive Styles: Approval, Conventional, Dependent, Avoidance
- Aggressive-Defensive Styles: Perfectionistic, Competitive, Power, Oppositional
GSI uses a 4-step process:
- Groups solves a problem
- Group members evaluate statements about how the team behaves while solving the problem, and answer questions about team effectiveness and solution quality
- Each team member scores their own results using the Human Synergistics Circumplex. Results are combined to generate an aggregated profile for the group
- This assessment classifies the individuals’ behavior according to the portrayed role during a problem-solving situation.
There are three behaviors included in the analysis:
Lead Problem Solver: This is a creative, self-driving individual with continuous improvement tools knowledge and a positive attitude towards action and problem solving.
Contributor: These team members offer ideas and has a great attitude following instructions and guidelines from others.
Disengaged: Individuals who do not offer ideas, do not participate in team discussions, or supports team efforts.
- Average GSI Style Differential
- Most Common GSI Style Type
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