Thought Oriented Roles
The Plant solves complex problems through a creative, imaginative, and unorthodox approach. They take a radical approach to macro level team functioning and problems, without bothering about the incidentals. They tend to disregard practical realities, and remain preoccupied with their tasks to communicate effectively. Plants nevertheless play a key role in complex and uncertain projects and are considered to be essential when looking at Belbin team roles.
Monitor or Evaluator
Monitors or Evaluators are sober, discerning, judicious, prudent, and intelligent people with low achievement orientation. They bring forth blunt and objective judgment of the situation after considering all perspectives. Their ability to see the full picture and evaluate complete proposals makes them invaluable during times of crucial decision-making.
Monitors or Evaluators remain slow in decision-making owing to their tendency to consider things repeatedly. While making discerning judgments, they lack the ability to inspire others.
The Specialist role is a later addition to the original Belbin team roles. Specialists are dedicated, committed, single-minded, and self-starting individuals who provide the team with special or focused knowledge and skills in rare supply.
Specialists tend to dwell on the technicalities, and contribute only to a narrow area. They have their relevance in highly focused projects that require technical expertise.
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