Team description

Globally, this team shares a common and/or complementary way of decision making: values and harmony. Which means they have better chances to agree since they decide in a similar manner.

They may also understand each other easily since they perceive the world in a complementary way, giving them the ability to complement each other.

Whatever they do together, they’ll need to see their impact on people and society has a whole. This point is crucial in their partnership.

Key points to check

  • Values. Generally, the team decides according to their values and/or impact on others. It’s important to verify if they’re aligned with the same values. Which impact does the company have on people according to each of them? Are they all aligned with it?
  • Vision. Which common vision does the team share? Does everyone believe in it and understand it in their day to day tasks?

Position distribution
Is the good talents at their right place?

Complementarity
Are they different enough to complement each others?

Perception of the world
Are they perceiving the world in a way they can understand each other?

Decision making understanding
Are they deciding in a way they can agree?

Strenghts

Good balance between organisation and flexibility

The team share a good balance between organisation, planification and flexibility. This way, you’re less likely to miss opportunities since flexibility is more of an open minded spirit while organisation try to move fast.

Great ability for sales

Many profiles in the team can be great sales persons as much as sales team managers.

Great communicators

Many of the profiles understand people’s emotions and can be great at pitching the product.

Good ability to focus

Since many profiles are organised in the team, you will be able to focus on one thing at a time instead of jumping from one idea to another all the time.

Handle every details

Some profiles in the team are great to understand the importance of details, which is great to build B2C products, for example. They will naturally see details and push the team to polish them.

Good balance between taking decision fast and slowly

Some profiles prefer taking decisions fast while others prefer taking more time to think about it. This difference is great to challenge team members in their decisions. It’s also a good way to think more about the impact, long-term vision and results in a more strategic execution

Learn by testing and evicting previous mistakes

The team is more concrete one than a theoretical one which means you’re learning by doing and testing, which is great to build a product

Growth opportunities

May add many features before testing

Many profiles are Designer types. Which means they’re great to build B2C products and polish details but also that they want to always add new features, polish the aesthetic and lose sight of what matter for the business.

Their motivation is communicative

You share motivation together, it’s great to motivate everyone and better when balanced. If someone lose a little bit of motivation, it can be communicative as well.

Relying on others

Some team members make decisions according to the impact on others. This is great and even better when balanced with the business aspect as well.

Multiple decision makers

Many profiles in the team are decision makers. Decision makers love to have their space for decision so it’s important to separate tasks in order to keep each decision maker at a decision maker position.

Can focus too much on day to day operations

Most of your team are Executor types. These are great to scale since they focus a lot on day-to-day operations and finding the path towards a goal. Sometimes they may focus too much on actual tasks and forget the goal and vision they’re working for. It’s important to keep it clear and think about where you’re going.

Need some energy

Long term planning/vision

Only one profile in the team think a lot about your vision and where you’re going. It’s important to listen to his vision and work around it. You may also recruit profiles that have more vision to elaborate yours.

May find hard to get new creative ideas

Your team may lack of new ideas since not many of you have developed a strong capacity for creativity. You may be more observing than creating which can be great for some businesses.

Difficult to pivot

Some profile in your team loves establishing processes and rules to follow in order to stay efficient. For them, changing all the processes they’ve built is a cost, it may be more difficult to change everything for them. This behaviour can be useful at some stage of the company (Series B, C…) and for some kind of businesses.

The four types of entrepreneurs

How talents are distributed within the team

All profile has a primary type (names in black) and some have a secondary one (names in gray)

Executing designer team

Your team is mostly balanced between executors and designers. These teams are great at building B2C products since they understand well people’s emotions.
Designers are great at building meaningful products and executors are great at scaling them.

The hustler type is the one finding a vision to work towards.

Difficulties

These teams may have difficulties finding a long term vision since their efforts are focused on day to day tasks. Hustler types can show them how.

What is essential in your relationship

The impact of your differences on your relationship

What makes it work

  • Mutual understanding: You perceive the word in a complementary manner which helps you understand each other. You have more chances to agree and understand different points of view, while being mutually challenging.
  • Values: Your team usually makes choices according to their values and in order to create harmony. If you share common values, it will be easier to get a common goal to work towards. It’s the essence of your motivation together.
  • Decision making: You decide according to your values and to create harmony. This way you’ll have more chances to agree, since you’re seeking the same objectives.

Why it can fail

  • Not aligned on values and impact: If your team can’t find common values or don’t dedicate time to find them, it will be harder to stay motivated and work towards a common goal. This may end up in fights since you may disagree on your why. Ask yourself and the team what your values are, find them together.
  • Wrong positions according to talents: You have a complementary team which means you have a good behavioural diversity: some are leaders, others are supporters etc. It’s important to give tasks and positions to people according to their natural talents, otherwise they may suffer from it and drop out.

Team improvements

How to run smoothly your team relationships

  • Antoine F should remember that Antoine R require more structure and predictability in life, so be true to your word and help them maintain a sense of order by fulfilling responsibilities reliably.
  • Antoine F should remember that Antoine R are sensitive to feelings of conflict or rejection, so make your feelings and intentions clear to them whenever possible and do more to put them at ease by consulting with them when decision making.
  • Antoine F should remember that Antoine R tend to be idealistic and want to continuously improve relationships, so do not always take their complaints personally but be more open to feedback and suggestions for growth.
  • Antoine Fs should understand that Camille need more private time and structure, so try to be reliable, consistent, and true to your word. Give them enough space to process things on their own without feeling offended or neglected. Be more willing to take an interest in their hobbies or passions.
  • Antoine Fs should understand that Camille show their care through taking care of your practical needs, so be appreciative of their little efforts. If you feel they are a little overbearing, then gently let them know how they can better meet your needs in a satisfying way.
  • Antoine Fs should remember that Stella and Myriam like life to be simple and straightforward so avoid bombarding them with too many minor relationship issues or emotional conflicts.
  • Antoine Fs could learn from Alizée to be more careful and considerate before taking action.
  • Antoine Fs should realize that Alizée need more security and stability in life, so help them maintain an orderly lifestyle by being reliable and taking the initiative to help out whenever possible.
  • Antoine Fs should realize that Alizée dislike disharmony, so try to choose your words with more care and understanding, and show sufficient appreciation when they do nice things for you.
  • Antoine R should remember that Antoine F and Cyrille require freedom to live life in their own way at their own pace, so do not put undue restrictions upon them or judge them as unreliable, and be more accepting of their personal needs and desires.
  • Antoine R should remember that Antoine F and Cyrille are driven to stay true to themselves, so try to understand their point of view through communication instead of prematurely judging them as insensitive or uncaring.
  • Antoine R should remember that Antoine F and Cyrille value effectiveness and are sensitive to feelings of incompetence, so do not nitpick their behaviours or be needlessly critical of them.
  • Antoine R should remember that Camille are practical people at heart who sometimes have difficulty with change or novelty. Guide them carefully through new experiences or significant changes by talking things through with them in detail. Avoid being too vague with planning or goals. Be more open to their advice about how to be more realistic or cautious.
  • Antoine R should realize that Stella highly value the flexibility to respond as they see fit to situations, so avoid placing undue restrictions on them or unnecessarily criticizing their behavior because it will erode their willingness to work together with you over time. Appreciate their activities and interests and join in when you can.
  • Antoine R can learn from Alizée to be more practical and precise when thinking, deciding, planning, and acting.
  • Antoine R should learn from Alizée to be more grounded and pay more attention to immediate concerns instead of what could be in the future.
  • Camille should remember that Antoine R often have lofty goals for what they want to achieve and might fall short of them. Do not judge them as inconsistent or unreliable if they cannot always live up to their vision. Be more open to exploring ideas with them.
  • Camille should understand that Antoine F and Alizée do not like to feel restricted, so be flexible in your expectations of them. Do not unnecessarily criticize their behaviors or place undue demands upon them. Be more willing to share in their activities.
  • Camille should understand that Antoine F and Alizée show their care in unconventional ways sometimes, so allow them to be true to themselves. If you need more from them then let them know directly.
  • Camille could learn from Stella and Myriam to be more bold, adventurous, and analytical.
  • Camille should realize that Stella and Myriam are action-oriented people so do not fuss over them or try to restrict them unnecessarily. Be more flexible and understanding.
  • Camille should realize that Stella and Myriam are not always aware of what people want, so try to express your needs to them calmly and openly.
  • Camille should realize that Stella and Myriam are adventurous people so try to be more open to new experiences and let them know when you would like a hand.
  • Camille: Remember that Alizée are social people so be more open to joining activities with them. Listen to them attentively even if you find the topics boring.
  • Camille: Realize that Alizée try their best to live up to their word but they sometimes struggle with self-control so do not judge them as inconsistent or hypocritical.
  • Stella should realize that Antoine R highly value relational harmony, so avoid creating conflict/argument without good reason and show appreciation for their kind gestures. Take more time to listen to their ideas, thoughts, feelings, or suggestions because seeming dismissive or indifferent or cutting off communication will slowly erode their sense of intimacy and trust in you over time.
  • Stella should remember that Antoine F and Cyrille are more in touch with themselves and what is good/bad for the relationship, thus take more time to talk with them about these matters so that you can continue to be on the same page.
  • Stella should realize that Camille need time and help to deal with new experiences, so guide them through any change in a considerate manner.
  • Stella should realize that Camille show they care through small gestures, so show more appreciation for them and do not criticize them unnecessarily.
  • Stella should realize that Camille prefer structure, so help them maintain order, fulfill responsibilities on time, and try to be more thoughtful in your words/actions.
  • Stella could learn from Camille to be more reflective, organized, and considerate. Both need to pay more attention to planning for the future. Keep an eye on mutual goals.
  • Stella could learn from Alizée to value relationships and be more accommodating of others needs.
  • Stella should realize that Alizée are not always comfortable with change or new ideas, so do not be too pushy and try to guide them through new experiences.
  • Stella should realize that Alizée need structure, so help them maintain order and fulfill your responsibilities on time.
  • Stella should realize that Alizée have a higher need for displays of affection or appreciation in order to feel secure in the relationship, so try to be more accommodating and appreciative of their efforts.
  • Cyrille should remember that Antoine R require more structure and predictability in life, so be true to your word and help them maintain a sense of order by fulfilling responsibilities reliably.
  • Cyrille should remember that Antoine R are sensitive to feelings of conflict or rejection, so make your feelings and intentions clear to them whenever possible and do more to put them at ease by consulting with them when decision making.
  • Cyrille should remember that Antoine R tend to be idealistic and want to continuously improve relationships, so do not always take their complaints personally but be more open to feedback and suggestions for growth.
  • Cyrille should understand that Camille need more private time and structure, so try to be reliable, consistent, and true to your word. Give them enough space to process things on their own without feeling offended or neglected. Be more willing to take an interest in their hobbies or passions.
  • Cyrille should understand that Camille show their care through taking care of your practical needs, so be appreciative of their little efforts. If you feel they are a little overbearing, then gently let them know how they can better meet your needs in a satisfying way.
  • Cyrille should remember that Stella and Myriam like life to be simple and straightforward so avoid bombarding them with too many minor relationship issues or emotional conflicts.
  • Cyrille could learn from Alizée to be more careful and considerate before taking action.
  • Cyrille should realize that Alizée need more security and stability in life, so help them maintain an orderly lifestyle by being reliable and taking the initiative to help out whenever possible.
  • Cyrille should realize that Alizée dislike disharmony, so try to choose your words with more care and understanding, and show sufficient appreciation when they do nice things for you.
  • Myriam should realize that Antoine R highly value relational harmony, so avoid creating conflict/argument without good reason and show appreciation for their kind gestures. Take more time to listen to their ideas, thoughts, feelings, or suggestions because seeming dismissive or indifferent or cutting off communication will slowly erode their sense of intimacy and trust in you over time.
  • Myriam should remember that Antoine F and Cyrille are more in touch with themselves and what is good/bad for the relationship, thus take more time to talk with them about these matters so that you can continue to be on the same page.
  • Myriam should realize that Camille need time and help to deal with new experiences, so guide them through any change in a considerate manner.
  • Myriam should realize that Camille show they care through small gestures, so show more appreciation for them and do not criticize them unnecessarily.
  • Myriam should realize that Camille prefer structure, so help them maintain order, fulfill responsibilities on time, and try to be more thoughtful in your words/actions.
  • Myriam could learn from Camille to be more reflective, organized, and considerate. Both need to pay more attention to planning for the future. Keep an eye on mutual goals.
  • Myriam could learn from Alizée to value relationships and be more accommodating of others needs.
  • Myriam should realize that Alizée are not always comfortable with change or new ideas, so do not be too pushy and try to guide them through new experiences.
  • Myriam should realize that Alizée need structure, so help them maintain order and fulfill your responsibilities on time.
  • Myriam should realize that Alizée have a higher need for displays of affection or appreciation in order to feel secure in the relationship, so try to be more accommodating and appreciative of their efforts.
  • Alizée could learn from Antoine F and Cyrille to be more adaptable and easygoing and honest with expressing feelings.
  • Alizée should realize that Antoine F and Cyrille value personal freedom and spontaneity, so do not try to restrict them unnecessarily and join them in exploring new/interesting activities.
  • Alizée should realize that Antoine F and Cyrille tend to easily suffer insecurity or low self-esteem, so do not be overly critical or fussy when they make a mistake. Be supportive and encouraging of each other whenever possible.
  • Alizée can learn from Antoine R to think more long term and consider the meaning and purpose of life more deeply, which will lead to deeper relationships with others.
  • Alizée: Do not assume that just because Camille is not complaining that they are satisfied with the relationship or the decisions you make. They often keep their feelings to themselves so do more to encourage them to speak out about their own desires or priorities. Encourage them to do things for their own well-being. Never assume that you know what is best for them and never act on their behalf without consulting them.
  • Alizée: Remember that Camille value consistency in order to build trust and loyalty. Always keep your promises and never leave them in the lurch.
  • Alizée should realize that Stella and Myriam tend to be energetic and adventurous people, so be more open to their ideas or activities.
  • Alizée should realize that Stella and Myriam tend to be more spontaneous and adaptable, so be more flexible in your expectations of them.
  • Alizée should realize that Stella and Myriam do not always know what others expect of them, so communicate your needs to them calmly and matter-of-factly instead of bottling up emotions or resentments.

Conflicts

 In terms of conflict, these profiles are sensitive to criticism so it would be important to learn how to express dissatisfaction or negative emotion in a constructive way. Do not avoid problems or bottle up emotions because then they will only be harder to deal with later on. Try to approach problems more objectively and analytically. Listen to each other and try to work out good compromises with a spirit of cooperation.

Expressing personal feelings isn’t natural for all of us. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on it and ask people how they feel.