The Team Machine


  • The Team Machine test was jointly developed by Anton Baumohl & Mark Jarvis. The theories that support it are based on Anton and Mark’s years of practical experience working with teams, crews and small groups in sport, charities, business and the community. Both Anton & Mark have taken the years of working with teams in many different arenas (sport, charities, business and community) to make The Team Machine a useful and usable tool for leaders.Teams, groups & crews are not jigsaw puzzles made up of ridged pieces that can be put together in a single pattern for success. They are made up of individuals who interact together. Those interactions are effected by the surroundings and people outside the control of the team. (We have all experienced the change in someone we work with when they fall in love or their partner is diagnosed with cancer). The Team Machine helps identify these interactions. Anton & Mark have observed that these interactions are important in 4 areas of team :-
    • Trust within the team
    • Energising the team
    • Supporting the team
    • Quality of the reach of the team

    Wave Illustration
    Anton & Mark use a wave illustration to help visualise this (partly because they both sail but also because the changing nature of waves is a useful reminder of the fluidity of teams). Each of these 3 major attributes is broken down into areas that support the main attribute.

    There is no perfect team. The Team Machine test will indicate the types of activities that most suit the style of team you have (and the environment the leader has created). It will also suggest some ways you might want to improve attributes of the team and these are also suggested.

    Ultimately teams work best when those involved have a relationship of trust with those they are working with. Trust takes time to build and comes from knowing the people around you, building trust and then securing that trust with shared experiences. All of that takes time and effort. The value of The Team Machine is that it helps you know where to focus your efforts as you build.

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