Teamability™ for 10,000 Entrepreneurs - As seen on Forbes.com!
What is Teamability?
It's an online experience that takes about an hour. The resulting reports help people understand their own approach to 'teaming', and also to appreciate and respect the different ways in which other people 'team'. Behind the scenes, Teamability is a completely new, very sophisticated technology that evolved from 25 years of R&D, including 9 years of software development.
You can make good things happen! Teamability provides important new information about 'teaming' that enables startup entrepreneurs (as well as managers and executives in established businesses) to make better decisions in selecting, developing, and leading their teams. The logic of our campaign is simple: more successful startups = new, innovative products and services = jobs, jobs, and more jobs!
Add a new piece to our technology! We will use the funding to add a new technology component that optimizes the reporting of entrepreneurial capability. We will then make 10,000+ Teamability uses available – at no cost – to entrepreneurs and their startup teams.
Choose a Perk that celebrates your support! This short video presents the Perks in picture form. The slides will advance automatically. For best viewing, click the 'full screen' button in the lower right corner. There's additional information on the Perks in the right-hand column, and in the FAQ section, below.
Campaign updates, related material, FAQ's...and the PERKS!
• Notice the tabs at the top of the video frame, above. There, you will find frequent Updates, a list of other Funders, and a Gallery of campaign-related videos and photos. There's also a tab for Comments, which we welcome!
• Watch the 'Teamability for 10,000 Entrepreneurs' outtakes reel
• Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is the world's largest non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of entrepreneurship
• We will be happy to respond to your inquiries! Just send an email to: Indiegogo@thegabrielinstitute.com
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If you have trouble and would like to call us to walk you through the process, we're happy to help! Reach The Gabriel Institute at 215-825-2500 and ask for Paul.
Where did Teamability come from?
In 1984, two behavioral scientists – Dr. Janice Presser and Dr. Jack Gerber – set out to find an answer to the question, "What really happens when people 'team' together?" Twenty-five years of research and testing, including nine years of software development, produced a technology engineered to identify and organize the ways in which people interact in teams.
Formal research and field validation studies were conducted over a period of ten years, through three separate iterations of design and development. In each iteration, successively higher levels of correlation were found between the content of the reports and the observed workplace behavior of participants.
A most important aspect of Teamability is that it produces measurable business value. One compelling example is the SuperNova® prize for emerging technology, awarded by Constellation Research to Preferred Sands. Business benefits are further verified by the experiences and testimonials of managers, executives, and business owners in various market segments and functional areas of business, from startups to giant corporations and institutions.
Teamability is based on this completely new 'technology of teaming', and is not derived from personality or IQ testing, from EQ, strengths, or engagement surveys, or from any other familiar tools or methods. During the course of its development, Drs. Presser and Gerber discovered some very useful – and practical – metrics of 'teaming'. They include:
- Role: a person's affinity for specific modes of service to the needs of a team
- Coherence: expressed as positive, flexible, constructive teaming behaviors
- Teaming Characteristics: individual styles of responding and relating to others, subject to situational context
- Role-respect: the unique manner in which people of different Roles experience appreciation and respect
- Role-pairing: known, replicable synergies between specific Roles
- Role-fit: an appropriate match between a person's Role and their assigned set of job responsibilities
- Team-fit: structuring a team to include the Roles that are best-fit to the team's mission
This 'new way to know' about teaming behavior was initially called Role-Based Assessment (RBA). But as the many links between 'Role' and team interaction became clear, teaming technology and the Role-based approach to understanding team performance gradually merged into the single, simple concept of Teamability.
The Gabriel Institute was founded in 2001 by Dr. Presser and Dr. Gerber, to develop and launch a commercial product based on their research. Late in 2009, it became generally available as an online experience. By 2012, Teamability, including its suite of teaming metrics and team development methods, was in use by over 100 corporate, institutional, and non-profit organizations worldwide.
How does Teamability actually "...guide entrepreneurs...in selecting, structuring, and managing their teams"?
Teamability does this in two ways. First, the individual reports (received by the entrepreneur and his/her team members) are designed for self-coaching, and to increase awareness of the ways in which different people are attracted (or driven) to make meaningful contributions to team activity – aka their 'Role' on a team. When team members gain an understanding of the differences between team 'Roles', communication improves, job satisfaction improves, and overall team performance improves. Also, managers are better equipped to deal with team issues. And for an entrepreneur, it is extremely important to understand his/her own 'teaming' strengths and limitations, and to identify team members who have the Role (or Roles) that are ideally suited to the specific tasks and demands of a startup enterprise.
Second, Teamability makes it possible for high-quality team performance to be planned in advance, and for team issues to be quickly analyzed and fixed. This is done by plugging the 'teaming metrics' of individuals into TGI's Teamability management tools: Role Distribution; Coherence Ratio; and Team Target™ diagrams. As shown in the Team Target mini-video below, Roles, Team-fit, Role-pairing, and overall Coherence level can be clearly summarized in a single diagram. Using Team Target diagrams like this, it is relatively easy to adjust work assignments (aligned with Role), to identify key Roles that may be missing, to pinpoint potential problems, and to improve both individual and team performance.
Click here to see a short video on the Team Target management tool.
How does the Perks plan work?
Basically, anyone who contributes $10 or more to this project will receive an 'I Crowdfund' item designed and created by TGI, along with various other rewards. At the same time, each $10 pledged will add one Teamability report to a pool that will benefit entrepreneurs around the world.
As soon as we reach our goal, we will contact you via an online survey, for information needed to deliver your rewards. We expect all rewards to be available in November 2012.
Additional detail on Perks
• All supporters will be listed on a permanent 'Contributors Honor Roll' page on the TGI site, and will receive email updates on the project.
• As soon as our funding goal is met, we will begin contacting contributors regarding T-shirt size, shipping address, etc.
• If you are located outside of the U.S., a shipping charge may apply to some of your Perks. We will email a PayPal invoice to you for the actual shipping cost, so you can pay easily online.
• All of the 'I Crowdfund' items shown were designed and created by TGI for this Indiegogo campaign. They range from bumper stickers, to coffee mugs, to 'I Crowdfund' logo t-shirts. We hope they will help spread the word that Crowdfunding is making great things happen!
• 'I Crowdfund' t-shirts will be available in men's and women's S, M, L, XL sizes. Subject to availability, we may also be able to supply extra-small and 2X large sizes.
• At the $25 level and up, all contributors will have the opportunity to receive their own Teamability report.
• Dr. Presser's new book is entitled A Person is a 'Who', Not a 'What': Teamability and the Future of Work. It will bring the message of Teamability to a broad-based audience.
• Launching the book will be a major milestone for TGI, and we will celebrate it with a very cool party in Philadelphia. Contributors at the $500 level and up will receive an invitation – you won't want to miss it!
• The $1,000-level phone debriefing with Dr.J will give you in-depth understanding of your own Teamability. And since 'teaming' impacts personal relationships as well as professional and business interactions, this can be a very valuable experience.
• A lunch date with Janice is guaranteed to be interesting, entertaining, and also – because Philly is a hot spot for 'foodies' – a great dining experience.
• For detailed information on the 'Teamability Pilot for Business', contact us at Indiegogo@thegabrielinstitute.com.