PTPS for Simple and Fast Team Analysis
I have been using the Team Player Survey for over ten years. I have found the instrument to be fast and easy to use. Typically I gather the team together, administer the instrument and have the team members score their instruments. I then explain the four styles, and ask each team member to identify their primary style. I then discuss the value of style diversity on the team.
If a style is not represented in the team, and the group has a history of working together, I will often ask them to recount difficulties in team performance. I frequently can help them realize the impact of the lack of a style on their performance. I ask if any one in the group has the missing style as a secondary style. We then identify which members can easily fall into their secondary style.
At this point, I will encourage them to watch their behaviors in their team meetings, and ensure that all of the styles are being properly represented. They are also encouraged to intervene on the team process if a style is not being properly represented. Using this tool gives team members a simple and fast means of self-analysis of the team process.