Improving team performance with MindSonar

When I worked for a large organisation, I was responsible for delivering complex projects involving multi-disciplinary teams. As wit most such projects, there were sometimes problems arising from misunderstandings arising from the different perspectives taken by different teams.For example, it wasn't unusual for the statistics team and the policy teams to reach an impasse, or for the software developers to be misinterpreted by the communications team. Often, my role was more like that of an interpreter than it was a programme director.

Misunderstandings like this lead to frustrations between teams, impacting on motivation and performance. Similar problems sometimes occurred within the individual project teams too. Some individuals, keen to get to delivery would be frustrated by others who were focused on getting the detail right within each stage, or by the need to reflect on past lessons (and vice versa of course). I suspect most managers recognise these aspects of team working, especially across more complex programmes and projects.

I really wish I’d had access to the MindSonar® tool back then. Having recently learned and experienced how it can be used to bring about significantly improved team performance, I believe it would have made a huge difference.

I think the contextual nature of MindSonar makes it easier for it to accepted by individuals, as it isn’t trying to put them in a box or label them. Nor is it judgemental about the different thinking patterns and criteria that it identifies for each person. Rather, it looks at how each member of a team can make the most of their own thinking styles (their “Superpowers”) and identify who in the team can complement them by covering their blindspots. They also get an insight into why other members might seem frustrating, as they learn to appreciate the different thinking styles being employed, and the value of having that mix within the team or project.

As part of the team analysis, MindSonar also produces a team profile which includes statistical information on the level of difference between that profile and the individuals within it. This helps identify any blindspots that the team might have as a whole – great information for planning staff development and/or recruitment.

The usefulness of MindSonar for enhancing team performance is impressive. Of all the tools I’ve come across for team building, I think it’s the most practical and valuable one. Its contextual nature, and the way in which it helps the individuals as well as the team, means that is likely to be accepted and valued by individuals as much as by the organisation investing in it - and that makes it particularly attractive. That’s why I’m still excited by MindSonar®.

I’ll be writing more about the specific uses of MindSonar in future articles. Meanwhile, if you want to know about how MindSonar could help you and/or your teams feel free to message me.

You can also learn more at:, where you can read more, including some case studies of MindSonar use and see an example individual summary report.
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