Based on your responses:
- Which operating system has the most ticks? ( how you see the team).
- Which operating system (Closed, Open or Random) most resonates with your personal preferences? (what you personally prefer – this may be different from the team).
Some Facts about Operating Systems
- This model by David Kantor, is a non judgmental one; no operating system is good or bad or right or wrong. Each has a positive contribution to make but all have a limiting element as well.
- Team Propensities are typically driven by the profile of the leader or by a majority of team members who have similar profiles.
- Teams rarely have a broad enough behavioural repertoire to adapt their profile to changing contexts or new demands. Because of this, groups tend to get stuck in a profile that meets some members’ needs and works well for some tasks but can’t always adapt as required.
- These preferences guide our thinking and feeling whether we are aware of them or not. Understanding the different systems can help teams experience wholeness.
Additional Questions to help make sense of your perceived Team Dynamic
- How do your personal preferences compare with the operating model you experience in your team? (What are the chances that your colleagues share the exact same preferences as you?).
- How do the different preferences affect the quality of conversations that take place within your team? (1×1 or as a group).
- How easy or difficult is it to accommodate personal differences within the team?
- How challenging do you think it will be for you and your colleagues to broaden your repertoires beyond your current comfort zones?
- The Operating System is only one of three components of Kantor’s Structural Dynamics Model. To fully understand all the components which make up human interaction you need to also look at Action Stances (every speech act has four types of action, Move, Follow, Oppose and Bystand) and the Communication Domain, (Open, Closed and Random – determines the kind of language we use when interacting with others).
- The next step is to find out more about The Baseline Profile Package.