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Team Dynamics Assessment™ (TDA™)

This questionnaire enables you to assess the team dynamics of your team. It produces a free, short online report. There is an optional full report available for a small cost.

Move the sliders to show which statements are most true of the team. Answer all the questions.

The team have a long term strategy or vision The team don't know where they are going in the long term
The team take an uncompromising stance on certain issues The team may have strong views, but they are willing to compromise
When the team discuss problems they find a solution and then move on When the team discuss issues they often get locked into an argument between different viewpoints
The team compromise with each other too much, even before they have discussed their differences properly The team compromise if necessary after they have discussed their disagreements

The team usually act too quickly, without thinking things through The team usually act in a timely manner
When the team communicate, they articulate points clearly so there is no misunderstanding There are frequent misunderstandings in the team due to poor communication
When faced with an urgent problem, the team respond quickly and act in a timely manner The team are slow to respond and often fail to take action quickly enough
The ideas that the team come up with are far too radical, seemingly out of touch with current realities When the team comes up with innovative ideas, they are also practical

If the team examines their priorities they think that everything they do is important The team put more effort into activities that are more important than others
When there isn't enough information the team make reasonable working assumptions The team won't make reasonable assumptions, wanting too much certainty
The team are resistant to change The team are open to change
The team is well-organised The organisation of the team is nonexistent, the way it works is chaotic

Team discussions keep digressing, going off from one tangent to another The team are focused and usually stick to the main point of discussion
Team members will help each other when other team members are in difficulty Team members are expected to resolve their own problems themselves
The team insist on following exact procedures all the time, even when it is unnecessary The team follow exact procedures when there is good reason to do so, but not all the time
The team talk about their differences even though it might upset or offend The team will ignore differences in order to be nice to each other

The team are able to come up with imaginative ideas to solve difficult problems The team is devoid of imaginative ideas
For important decisions, the team think through the consequences of each option The team don't do any logical analysis
People outside the team are often alienated by the vehemence of the team's values/beliefs The team are not overly zealous about their values
Team members focus on their own individual work at the expense of teamwork and relationships Team members balance their individual work with collective team responsibilities

The team uses meeting agendas and project plans, and tends to stick to them The team doesn't use agendas or plans even when they would be useful
When the team starts a new initiative they quickly get bored and look for another initiative to start The team usually finish one initiative before starting another one
The team are willing to try new things to see if there might be an improvement The team never try out new ideas, they always do things in the same way
The team focus their time and attention on those things that are important Even when the team recognise that one thing is particularly important, they still try to do everything else as well

The team's long term vision is something that others can understand and relate to The team's long term vision is so 'way out' that no one else can understand it
The team sends out consistent messages, they are all 'singing from the same hymn sheet' The team's messages are inconsistent, different team members say different things
When faced with a short term problem, the team usually use the first solution they can find, not thinking about the impact on the long term The team always try to find the right balance between short and long term needs
The team find the right balance between planning and flexibility The team's activities are planned and controlled too much, there is no flexibility to divert from team plans

The team focus too much on their long term strategy, and fail to respond quickly enough to short term needs The team resolve short term issues appropriately
The team are open to ideas and opportunities that have hidden potential The team are not interested in anything untried or untested
The team is overly bureaucratic The paperwork in the team is at a reasonable level
The team are pursuing an unrealistic strategy or impractical ideas The team's goals and ambitions are realistic

When starting a new piece of work the team spend an appropriate amount of time thinking about the task before starting on it When starting a new piece of work the team take action too quickly, often 'jumping the gun'
The team are able to generate lots of imaginative ideas The team doesn't like 'brainstorming', they have difficulty thinking of any ideas
When necessary, the team analyse their options to produce the best collective decision The team don't analyse their options
Relationships in the team are good – in fact, they are more than colleagues, they are friends Relationships between team members are nonexistent or poor, most people keep themselves to themselves

The team can be trusted to communicate important messages well The team often misunderstand each other and communicate badly both inside and outside the team
When working on a new project the team are very enthusiastic at the start but lack the follow through to complete it themselves When the team starts a project they work on it through to the end
When they need to solve a problem, the team over-analyse things, causing 'paralysis by analysis' The team usually arrive at agreed decisions without unnecessary argument.
The team usually spend too much time talking or thinking, rather than getting on with urgent work When required, the team takes action quickly

The work of the team is well-coordinated, eg: all working to the same plan The team is a shambles, no one knows what other team members are doing, and there is duplication of effort
The team are prepared for their shared values and beliefs to be questioned or challenged The team always believe that they are right and won't allow people outside the team to question their values
The team are not able or willing to listen to a complex, logical analysis The team can engage in complex analysis, including listening and asking questions
Team members are too polite to each other, and avoid saying what they really think Although the team treat each other with respect, it is not at the expense of straight talking when it is needed

The team are always wanting too much information, too often or in too much detail The team seek an appropriate amount of information, when it is relevant and needed
The team focus their efforts primarily on those things that are important When the team are busy, they still try to do everything that comes their way
When the team meet they waste a lot of time in pointless logical arguments They don't argue unless it is productive to do so
The team is flexible in the use of rules and procedures The team insist that rules and procedures must be followed to the letter

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