The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® Comparison Reports
- 9-page follow-up reports,
- can be created for any two participants to illustrate their similarities and differences, and
- are free for those who have purchased Five Behaviors assessments.
One-on-one relationships can have a big impact on the team as a whole. Comparison Reports are a great tool to use to help team members learn more about one another and improve their individual relationships and, by extension, their ability to work together. Whether introducing new teammates, helping to build rapport, or working to resolve an interpersonal conflict, Comparison Reports can be a great addition to a Five Behaviors program.
Sample Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® Comparison Report
How can I use the Comparison Reports?
During a workshop
At the end of each module, assign pairs and give participants the page from the Comparison Report that corresponds to that module’s behavior. Allow time for the pairs to work through the page. This will both deepen their understanding of the behavior and help to build interpersonal relationships. You could elect to use the same pairs for each module or switch them up each time. Create and print Comparison Reports for all possible team member combinations from your customized administrative portal.
In between sessions
If you’re facilitating The Five Behaviors over multiple sessions, you could use the Comparison Report as homework. Assign pairs, have the participants meet in between sessions to discuss their Comparison Reports, and ask them to prepare to share their findings and experience during the next session.
In conflict situations
If the conflict between two team members is affecting the team, the Comparison Report can be used to help them examine why they may be having difficulty working together and explore ways in which they might resolve their issue(s). Depending on the nature/severity of the conflict, the two members could work one-on-one, or a neutral party could facilitate the conversation.
As a follow-up/reminder
Comparison Reports can be used as part of team meetings (for example, team members could meet in pairs for 10 minutes during the meeting to review their reports) or as part of a more formal follow-up to a Five Behaviors program. In either case, the report can be used to continue to instill The Five Behaviors model and language and to emphasize the importance of the behaviors for both individual relationships and team functioning.
When introducing a new team member
A new team member without experience being on the team will have a hard time completing the Five Behaviors assessment. However you can still run Comparison Reports for the new member and current members.
Ask the new member to take an Everything DiSC assessment such as the Workplace profile. Data from that profile can be used in the Comparison Reports with members who have taken only the Five Behaviors assessment. You can choose to print one or both reports: Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Comparison Report
or Everything DiSC Comparison Report
Best practices for using Comparison Reports
Whenever you do introduce Comparison Reports, be sure to explain why you’re doing so at that point and how the reports can help each team. Avoid simply distributing the reports without comment. To encourage participants to read and discuss their reports, explain how to use this tool and the benefits of doing so.
Encourage participants to personalize their reports by using a check mark to indicate where the description seems accurate, an “x” where it doesn’t, and a question mark wherever they’re unsure. This will help them get more out of their reports and their discussions.
Be selective in pairing team members to ensure that they get the most out of the Comparison Reports. It may not be necessary or helpful to run a report for all possible team combinations. If you have a team of more than five people, running reports for all of the pairs can create an overwhelming amount of information for participants to process.
Consider whether pairs can review the reports without the aid of a facilitator. Unless there’s a serious problem between two participants, it may be sufficient to have the two individuals review their report one-on-one.
Try to ensure that the two team members being compared in a report look over their results together. Although there’s value in an individual reviewing a report on his or her own, the real benefit will come from reviewing the report in pairs. This will allow participants to explore whether they agree or disagree with the results and what the results mean within the context of their unique working environment. This conversation can also help prevent misunderstandings.
if you have questions about how to run the Comparison Reports for your team.