Belbin Team Role Feedback: Is it Me You’re Looking For?

Next week, we (PHIT) as a mini-team are undertaking some training. Part of our pre-training homework was to undertake & share a Belbin Questionnaire This is an extract from my report – the Team Role Feedback. I have been sceptical of things like this, but on the whole it does seem to nail me pretty good.  The whole report is a lot more positive than I would expect, and there our a couple of things I would disagree with but I think the most negative view someone has of you is often the one in your head (sociopaths aside) and the people closest to you often have the most honest perception of you as an individually – either personally or professionally. A funny thing to note was that the 2 people I asked to do this whom I managed (Mike & Amy) had almost completely opposite perceptions of me. maybe I managed them differently?

Team Role Feedback (Based upon Self Perception and 6 Feedback from Others)

You seem to gain intrinsic satisfaction from the nature of the work in which you are engaged.

For you, work is like a hobby, offering you a chance to exercise your creative disposition and to utilise your expertise simultaneously. As far as the outside world is concerned, you will be known and respected for your knowledge and special skills and for the fact that you are at the forefront of most new developments.

You are likely to feel least comfortable when work falls outside your area of professional competence and expertise, so build up your personal reputation in your own special area and carve out your own job within it.

Whatever your chosen career path, you will achieve most success if you can secure the respect of those who work in different subject areas. Others will need to know how you are progressing and what you have to offer. If you are to make your mark, ensure that you do not overwhelm people with science or flood them with technical details that carry no real interest for them. Cultivate the skill of knowing how much information to offer. As a manager, you are likely to work best with those who can translate your ideas and expertise into definite plans.

Your operating style is that of a pioneering professional. Colleagues will respect you for what you know and what you have achieved. Beyond that circle, you may find difficulty in reaching out to others, unless you are able to cultivate a means of communicating in a way that people outside your area of expertise can understand. Make a point of presenting a concise overview when clarity is required.

You also seem to have a propensity for taking an interest in, and caring for, others. Focus on cultivating a good atmosphere in the team by developing good relationships with others and offer to take on work which seems to have fallen through the gaps. Your efforts should earn you not only popularity but also a reputation as a considerate, diplomatic individual who can be relied upon to keep things running smoothly.

On a final note, you need to take account of the role for which you are least suited. You do not appear to have the characteristics of someone who obtains results by driving others forward. If you can work in harmony with someone who has these complementary qualities, your performance is likely to improve.

I would be interested to hear from:

  • People who have worked with me – does it represent me?
  • People in similar positions (library folk or PHI folk) who see themselves in this



Information Consultancies – Updated Presentation/Layout of Results for Users

I have recently updated how we as a service present information consultancies. Although they are still serviceable, I felt they were a bit too ‘academic’. By this I mean they were focused on the ‘primary research’ results often generated in databases such as the ones that make up HDAS. This often isn’t what our users want – who tend to be commissioners, public health/social care practitioners and community healthcare staff. They tend to want more decision (both clinical and commissioning) making resources such as systematic reviews, guidance, grey literature etc. The old layout gave everything equal weight in terms of quality, which to a lay person could be misleading.


The new layout reflects more a hierarchy of evidence, giving more weight to the higher quality research.It also factors in the ‘do once and share’ that hopefully flows through the NHS.


Let me know what you think 🙂

Thing 4: Current awareness – Twitter, RSS and Storify #CPD23

It has been a while (5 months in fact), but I have decided to restart #CPD23 as I feel it is a very useful CPD activity. Last years #CPD23 entries towards the end became quite negative, which really isn’t me, so these will be more positive

Current Awareness is something I have a strong passion for both in my professional position and as a professional, if that makes sense.

Professionally – current awareness provision to my organisation is a key component of my role. The library blog here – is the current awareness hub for the library and I actually use RSS feeds to manage the flow of information (I collate over 50 different sources and the appraise the results on a daily basis). RSS feeds are wonderful for this. Unfortunately my organisation actually blocked them, so I use Google i-reader as a way round that! I also use RSS feeds as one of my main current awareness tools for my personal professional development – you can view that here:

I am quite a big proponent of Twitter, as a communication, as a marketing and as a current awareness resource, again both within my professional role and for myself in a ‘profesonal’ capacity, if you will. Professionally, I represent both the library service and the JSNA website – Bolton’s Health Matters. As a professional, I tend to use Twitter as an ad-hoc resource for current awareness, as it can be harder to spot. I should use the list functions more (I do on the other Twitter accounts). I feel Twitter is useful for finding the hidden gems within best practice rather than a standard resource.

I have only signed up to Storify for Thing 4, and I have to say my first impressions are very positive. I have seen a lot of people use it, but I was not sure whether it would be for me or would it be another Quora! I can see uses for it as an alternative way to share current awareness for my users and my own needs, though I would be interested to see if it can be ‘linked’ to wordpress (which it seems to export quite easily. If this is the case, then that is wonderful). I think it would be useful for narrative pieces and especially reflective pieces. It also seems like a potentially interesting way to produce case studies. I will have to play. Thank you Thing 4!

#nowreading The Chimp Paradox – The Mind Management Programme to Help You … by Dr Steve Peters #chimpparadox

I have just finished reading ‘The Chimp Paradox’ by Dr Steve Peters and I thought I would share some brief thoughts. I borrowed this from Bury Public Library. You can borrow it from your local library! Though I have now bought my own copy. That may give you a clue into how this blog post will be framed…

Unlike ‘Quiet‘, The Chimp Paradox, as you can imagine, is very upfront about its goals (dreams?). It is a self-help book. It has no ulterior motive. I am not going to go into the contents of the books and its ideas, because A) I wouldn’t do it justice; B) I may put you off reading it yourself!

I have read self-help books in the past – mainly CBT ones to try and help with my social anxiety and shyness, and The Chimp Paradox is unlike any I have read before – it actually made sense. Not because others were written or structured in to abstract or complicated way (more on that shortly), but rather – the concepts laid out made sense and made me believe that they could work for me. I believe myself to be a well rounded individual, who is on the whole happy. I know I could be doing better in certain aspects of my life both physically and emotionally (I am very shy and need to lose some serious weight) but I am not struggling in any meaningful way. I felt that The Chimp Paradox was written for me. By that I mean it seems to be pitched (in my view) at those of us who need the extra motivation and belief to improve by 5 or 10 or 20% rather than someone who perhaps is in need of low level intervention. I took from it, those there areas where I can fine tune or slightly alter my approach and other areas of my life I need to work a bit harder at. The first 2/3 of the book seem to be about getting you to think about asking yourself the right questions rather than giving you the answers. The final 1/3, whilst not outwardly saying – ‘do this, do that, the leader is good, the leader is great’ does start to solidify the help and advice. But by then, you are ready for it.

One issue with the book which takes some getting used to or may even put people off is the style of writing, narrative and concepts used to convey the ideas. It seemed very basic, and in a polite way, quite condescending (Think the Stephen Fry-Alan Davies relationship on QI). But after a couple of chapters, when the ideas began to fall into place and you see the entire ‘universe’ of the book laid out, you forget about it. It simply works. Having read it through once, I am spending a couple of days reflecting on what it means to me, before beginning to run through the exercises as laid out throughout the text. I truly believe that they will help me be me, better as “the person you want to be is the person you really are”.

So in summary – read the book. I loved it. It is a serious game changer.

Wordle: Blog Post

Learning Log 24 – Unprepared for a meeting #reflection

Based upon my handwritten copy. I may start sharing these more.


29th October 2012



Significant Experience

I got the date of a meeting I was chairing wrong, assuming it was on the Tuesday rather than the Monday.

What Happened?

I got the date of a meeting wrong, which meant I did not have the time I would prefer to prepare in both terms of resources, but also to mentally prepare for leading a discussion.

So What? Conclusions

Normally I would prepare the day before, just so I can relax knowing everything I need is done and then give myself time to mentally prepare for the task of leading/managing a group of my peers – which is not something that comes naturally to me. However this time I didn’t have that luxury due to a personal error, and the meeting went as well as normal – it was enjoyable, lively, relaxed yet productive and didn’t seem to drag. Though much of this is down to the group members, this has showed me that I can speak well and lead a group with the minute preparation. It has also showed that I am able to cope in less than personally ideal circumstances. Despite an initial panic, I approached this incident calmly.

Now What? Actions

I believe this shows that I have got better in dealing with situations that I cannot control. In the future I will try to keep calm, relax and deal with the situation (managing my inner chimp!) as I did today. I am much more productive when relaxed than when not.

When & Where?

29th October 2012. HCLU Lair, Wigan

#nowreading Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain

I have recently finished reading Quiet… by Susan Cain, and I thought I would share a few thoughts on it.

The first thing to say is that I really enjoyed the book, which I borrowed from Bury Public Library. I consider myself quite introverted and shy person (different things as explained in the book) that has to put on an ‘extrovert mask’ sometimes. I thought it was brilliantly written and thoroughly researched. From reading it you get the sense that not only is the topic a passion of the author, but that they are an exceedingly clever person (both of these come out vividly both in the theories and personal anecdotes presented throughout the book). The research/evidence presented throughout the book is often complex and from different fields (psychology, biology, philosophy etc.) but is laid out in such a way that it is easy to understand without ever speaking down to the reader – just because something is complex it doesn’t need to complicated. I felt drawn into themes, seeing myself in similar situations and using personal experience to consider points such as introverts often ending conversations with small-talk after the main issue rather than starting a conversation with it.

One of the strongest points of the book was, by explaining and dissecting situations that many ‘introverts’ fear, dread or worry about, it made me realise actually what I feel before presenting, after a sharp words with someone, after ‘group-thinks’ is actually quite a normal way to feel and I am not alone in thinking that way. Quiet, quite frankly is a self-help book in disguise. This is not a bad thing, it is a wonderful thing. Anyone who knows me and has been around me before (or immediately after) I have to give a presentation knows I am agitated, nervous and often quite sweary. I hate it. I recently presented to a potential new workstream at their annual ‘CPD conference’ and I was shitting myself for days beforehand. I know all the techniques: I know my topic; I breathe properly beforehand; I visualise; plenty of water; not too much caffeine. Quiet doesn’t say ‘try technique X or Y’ it says ‘Yep. Sucks doesn’t it. Know exactly what you mean’.

The final chapters I would describe as ‘how to cope not conquer’ showing insight into how to ‘play extrovert’ and how to still stay true to yourself. You may find this grinds with the main body of the book, which looks at the validity of being introverted (I especially like the dismissal of ‘group-think’ and the promotion of working alone). As someone who works with evidence on a daily basis I also began to notice how the evidence used seemed to have been cherry-picked, which is a hallmark of a self-help book. I haven’t critically appraised any of the research weaved into the book but it all suited (as you would expect, but I am used to systematic reviews etc.) some of the anecdotes used (which I classified into 2 categories: ‘I have heard of them’ and ‘That could be me’) began to slightly chide. Steve Wozniak was one such example. He may, like me be introverted, but it wasn’t his alone-working that guided his successes. It is that he is an extremely gifted and clever person with a serious level of drive. Many of the ‘That could be me’ examples were still outstanding in their field, such as students from Harvard Business School or the author herself, Princeton and Harvard educated successful lawyer, consultant etc. The argument could be made, that these people didn’t get to where they were because they were introverted or not, but because cream rises to the top and they were very smart and individuals. But these are minor quibbles, and the book as a whole is an engaging read, that covers are multitude of topics that surround ‘introverted’.

Overall I would recommend reading this book. I could not possibly do it justice. Read it yourself. Although I describe it as a ‘self-help book in disguise’ it is not going to change your life dramatically and unlike the Dale Carnegie’s of the world, it won’t ever claim to. It won’t solve your problems or even present a road map on how to. However, It may help you understand why you are how you are, and how other people are just like you too. And why that isn’t a bad thing at all.

Reading for Professional Development and Wider Library Knowledge – #Chartership exert

This is for my #Chartership Portfolio, but I thought it would be useful to share. It is a collection of the resources I use to develop professionally and keep abreast of wider library issues. I hope you find it useful J

I keep abreast of wider library knowledge and continue to develop professionally by a wide variety of professional reading. This can take the form of informal discussion on social media, traditional ‘published’ material, discussion lists and the sharing of best practice by colleagues. This reading covers both the wider library fields but also the wider NHS area – specifically that relating to Public Health Intelligence.

Using technologies such as RSS feeds and ETOCS, I follow the content and discussion of the following journals, websites and blogs:

I personally subscribe to the following bulletins & journals

  • Health Information and Libraries Journal
  • CILIP Update (as part of CILIP Membership)

I am a member/follow (lurk1) the following discussion lists. These cover both the library and NHS aspects of my role. These share relevant information and best practice to all list members including signposting to evidence-based practice and relevant research:

  • JISC-Mail: BOLTONFORUM (Bolton Health and Social Care Forum)
  • JISC-Mail: E-LEARNING-NORTHWEST(E-learning in North West)
  • JISC-Mail: HEALTHSERVICESRESEARCH (Research in Health Services)
  • JISC-Mail: HP-RESOURCES (Health Promotion Resources)
  • JISC-Mail: INFOLIT (information literacy in Libraries)
  • JISC-Mail: LIBSTATS (Library Statistics)
  • JISC-Mail: LIHNN (Library & Information Health Network Northwest)
  • JISC-Mail: LIS-E-RESOURCES (E-Resources in Libraries)
  • JISC-Mail: LIS-LINK (General Library)
  • JISC-Mail: LIS-LIRG (Library and Information Research Group)
  • JISC-Mail: LIS-MEDICAL (for Medical Librarians)
  • JISC-Mail: LIS-NURSING (Nursing and Libraries)
  • JISC-Mail: LIS-WEB2 (Library and Web 2 resources)
  • JISC-Mail: PUBLICHEALTHINTELLIGENCE (Public Health Intelligence)
  • JISC-Mail: LIS-PROFESSION (General professional Library list)
  • JISC-Mail:PUBLICHEALTH (Public Health Information)

I use social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn to keep abreast of developments in the wider library community. I am part of a very strong regional network (LIHNN) which shares research/publications of interest and best practice. I keep a list of the most relevant works I have discovered on my personal blog. This can be viewed here:


It is a piece of work produced for a specific purpose and as such there are some gaps. It doesn’t really cover the masses of websites I keep an informal eye on such as SHALL or Health Knowledge or CILIP. It doesn’t cover any of my of my ‘pure’ health readings or (especially) my knowledge management readings which, at this time are at an introductory level and will be evolving rapidly (hopefully) in the next 6 months. It also doesn’t cover any of the resources I use professionally to supply current awareness services to my library users.