The Science of Method Teaming®


Method Teaming is based on research carried out within the business world beginning in the early 1990s. This research was catalogued in a variety of streams but is now generally referred to under the umbrella term ‘Intellectual Diversity’.

Intellectual Diversity and Intellect

Intellectual Diversity starts with the proposition that everyone has a collection of natural talents and attributes. In Method Teaming this plurality of strengths goes by the singular moniker ‘Intellect’. Every person has an Intellect. The definition of someone’s Intellect can be called their ‘intellectual phone number’. Just like their phone number it is unique and speaks only about them. In order to determine someone’s Intellect there is a critical component of Method Teaming science called the Method Teaming Intellect Scan. The Intellect Scan is the point of departure for a Method Teaming program. It is the integration of three Instruments (psychometric tests), each drawn from a separate body of science, that combine to perfectly triangulate each person’s Intellect. The 3 areas measured by the instruments are Behaviors, Motivators and Cognitive Structure.

MTIP: The map of the individual

The exponential effect of integrating the results of the three Instruments is that they actually impart not just three times the information contained in any one of them but more like seven times. The complex math and algorithms that describe this integration are part of the science of Method Teaming. With the integrated result from the three Instruments, Method Teaming is able to ‘vector’ a person’s Intellect with extreme accuracy. Each person’s MT Intellect scan is laid out on a single page and is drawn in such a way that their Intellect can be read like a map. Below is an example of a Method Teaming Intellect Scan. OND_webprofile 1_30_11

IonI: The map of the team

As Method Teaming moves its illuminating eye from the realm of the individual to that of the team, a new single page graphical map is employed. This map displays the location of all the team’s talents, in respect to each other, and is known as the ‘Intellects on Icon’ or IonI. The IonI is the Method Teaming icon on which is placed the I-Dots (Intellect Dot) for every person on the team. The placement of the I-Dot is done with great precision using the information emerging from the scan. Once all of the I-Dots are located for a team, a trained Method Teaming practitioner can make many observations about the strengths of the team and its inherent vulnerabilities. That same practitioner can also determine whether the team is composed correctly to accomplish its mission. If there are Intellects missing from the team, the practitioner will identify these gaps. OND can also prioritize the ideal sequence of closing the gaps in order to arrive at a team that can successfully accomplish its mission. Using the same IonI format, OND can create future state designs that represent the ideal Intellect makeup of the team as it moves from phase to phase of a project or process. The changes required to get to those ideal states are prioritized into a complete ‘game plan’. Here is an example of a team IonI with the I-Dots showing the precise position of the Intellects on the team. ion-dot-example

Talents versus Skills

Most hiring and internal transfer decisions are made on the basis of learned skills. But a huge number of us – 70% according to the Deloitte Shift Index – either dislike (40%) or loathe (30%) our jobs. Other research paints a similar picture. Clearly a skills match is not a satisfactory reference point for a career move or hire. But recruitment or team building decisions made with Method Teaming result in massive rises in employee engagement and retention ratings. Productivity leaps. Natural talents and attributes – our Intellects – are a more solid guide to team building and recruitment than skills and qualifications.

Round Peg for a Round Hole

Method Teaming science can also identify people playing out of position and in the wrong role for their natural strengths and talent in any organizational team. It can then fix the problem, initially with an education process that allows team members to see and understand each other’s natural strengths and talents, supplemented by a process that enables the selection of the right candidates to fill any gaps in the team’s architecture. Method Teaming ensures you will always have the right talent aligned with the right task at the right time.

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