Designed for serious team-building programs, the group styles measured are directly related to team effectiveness, solution acceptance, solution quality, and synergy. We provide significant practical insights into how a group functions, allowing the group to focus its efforts precisely on where improvement is needed.

Illustrating individual members’ perceptions, as well as the collective perspective of the team as a whole, of the degree to which 12 specific group styles emerged during a problem-solving activity. These 12 styles are grouped into three clusters-Constructive, Passive/Defensive, and Aggressive/Defensive. The results are displayed on the Circumplex, normed on the basis of hundreds of group members.

Synergy occurs when the interactive efforts of two or more people have a greater impact than the sum of their independent efforts. Synergistic problem solving is achieved when groups maximize their use of available resources, knowledge, and task skills by exhibiting Constructive (as opposed to Defensive) interaction styles. It is further promoted when members approach problems in a rational, interpersonally supportive manner. The outcome is an effective solution—one that is both accepted by members and of higher quality than their individual solutions.

We use a number of different Simulation Excercices that requires participants to solve a specific problem in a limited period of time-first individually, then as a team. As participants work together in this team-building activity, they will draw upon their experiences and knowledge in search of the best answers. They are challenged to successfully integrate the expertise of all group members. By comparing individual and team solutions to the recommended solution, participants can see whether, as a group, they were able to take advantage of what each member had to offer and contribute.

As members work to complete the simulation, they begin to see their own roles in shaping the quality of the team’s performance. This understanding deepens as the simulation is scored and the impact of group processes on performance is discussed. Equipped with these insights, members can decide what they can do to enhance the team’s functioning—and get the results the team needs to succeed back at work.


  • Provides group members with a “safe” way to talk about team and individual behaviours and the impact these have on group performance
  • Allows group members to clearly identify what is helping and hindering the team in its efforts-leading to developmental planning for enhanced performance Meets academic and psychometric standards



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