Appendix B
Diagnosing Your Team

A TORI Scale

Instructions: In front of each of the following items, place the letter that corresponds to your degree of agreement or disagreement with that statement.

SD=strong disagree D = disagree A = agree SA = strong agree

 

1. I think this team will accept me as a full member no matter what unusual thing I might do.

2. There are lots of things I don't tell the team, and they are just as well left private.

3. I assert myself on this team.

4. I seldom seek help from other members on tasks.

5. Members of this team trust each other very much.

6. Members are not really interested in what other members have to say.

7. The team exerts little pressure on members to do what they should be doing.

8. Everyone on this team does his or her own thing with little thought for other members.

9. I see myself as a very cautious member of this team.

10. I don't thing that I have to cover up things with this group.

11. On this team I do only the things that I am supposed to do.

12. I think that everyone on this team is willing to help me when I ask for help.

13. The team is more interested in accomplishing tasks than in helping members on personal problems.

14. Members tell it like it is.

15. Members do what they ought to do, out of a strong sense of responsibility to the team.

16. This team really "has it together" in many ways.

17. I trust members of this team.

18. I am afraid that if I told this team my innermost thoughts they would be shocked and have negative feelings about me.

19. When I am with this team I think I am free to do what I want.

20. I often think that I am in a minority on this team.

21. Members of this team know who they are; they have a real sense of being individuals.

22. When at work, members are very careful to express only relevant ideas about their task.

23. The goals of this team are clear.

24. The team finds it difficult to go ahead and do something it has decided to do.

25. If I left this team they would miss me very much.

26. I can trust this team with my most private and significant ideas and opinions.

27. I often find that my goals are different from those of the team and of other members.

28. I look forward to getting together with this team.

29. Members of this team are often not being themselves and are playing roles.

30. We know each other very well.

31. This team puts work pressure on each member.

32. This team will be able to handle an emergency very well.

33. When I am with this team I feel very good about myself.

34. If I have negative feelings when I am with this team, I don't express them very easily.

35. It is easy for me to take risks when I am working with this team.

36. I often go along with the others simply because I have a sense of obligation.

37. Members seem to care very much for each other.

38. Members often express different feelings and opinions outside meetings than they do when members are present.

39. We really let members be who they are as individuals.

40. Members of this team like to either lead or be led, rather than to work together as equals.

41. My relationship to this team is a very impersonal one.

42. Whenever I feel something strongly I feel easy about expressing it to the team members.

43. I think that I have to keep myself under wraps in here.

44. I enjoy working with members of this team.

45. Each member has a definite and clear role to play and i~ respected on the basis of how well he or she performs it

46. Whenever there are negative feelings they are likely to be expressed at some point.

47. At times members seem very apathetic and passive.

48. We are well integrated and coordinated at many levels.

49. I feel like a unique person when I am on this team.

50. I would feel very vulnerable if I told members my most secret and private feelings and opinions.

51. The team thinks that my personal growth and [earnings are very important.

52. I don't feel like cooperating with others on this team.

53. Team members have a high opinion of my contributions.

54. Members are afraid to be open and honest with each other. When decisions are being made, members quickly express what they want.

56. Members are very much individuals and do not work together as members of a team.

57. When with this team I don't feel very good about myself.

58. When with this team I am free to be exactly who I am and never have to pretend I am something else.

59. It is very important to me to meet the expectations of other members.

60. I would miss anyone who left because each of the members is important in what the team is trying to do.

61. It is easy to tell who the "in" members are.

62. Members listen to others with understanding and empathy.

63. The team spends a lot of energy trying to get members to do things they don't really want to do.

64. Members enjoy being with each other.

65. I am an important member of the team.

66. My ideas and opinions are often distorted by the team.

67. My goals are similar to the goals of the total team.

68. Members seldom give me help on things that really matter to me.

69. Members listen to the things I have to say.

70. On this team, if members feel negative they keep it to themselves.

71. We have a lot of energy that gets directed into whatever we do as a team.

72. You really have to have some power if you want to get anything done on this team.

73. I sometimes don't feel very genuine when I'm with this team.

74. There is hardly anything I don't know about the other members.

75. If I did what I wanted to do on this team, I'd be doing different things.

76. Members often help me in things I am trying to do.

77. Some members are afraid of the team and of its members.

78. Members are very spontaneous and uninhibited when they are around each other.

79. The goals are often not really clear.

80. We really work together as a smoothly functioning unit.

81. I care very much for the members of this team.

82. Members misunderstand me and how I feel and think.

83. When we reach a decision I am usually in agreement.

84. I have no real sense of belonging to this team.

85. We treat each person as an important member.

86. It is easy to express feelings and opinions in here if they are positive, but not if they are negative.

87. Members of this team are growing and changing all the time.

88. We need a lot of controls in order to keep on the track.

89. I often feel defensive when I'm with this team.

90. I keep very few secrets from other members.

91. It is not OK for me to be myself with this team.

92. I feel a strong sense of belonging.

93. It is easy to tell who the important members are.

94. Members don't keep secrets from each other.

95. A lot of our team energy goes into irrelevant and unimportant things. We have little destructive competition with each other.

 

Interpretation Sheet
Diagnosing Your Team Scale

Trusting-Being:

A team member who scores high on this set of items is saying:

View of Myself: "I trust myself, have a fairly well-formed sense of my own being and uniqueness, and feel good about myself as a person and team member."

View of the Team: "I tend to see team members as trusting, and as providing a good environment for me to work in."

A team member who scores low on this set of items is saying:

View of Myself: "I feel less trusting of myself, have a less well formed sense of my own being and uniqueness, and feel less well about myself as a person and team member."

View of the Team: "I tend to see team members as un-trusting, as impersonal and in role, and as providing a somewhat negative and defensive producing environment for me and for other team members.

Opening-Showing:

A team member who scores high on this set of items is saying:

View of Myself: "I feel free to show myself to others on the team, show who I am, and express my feelings and attitudes with little pretense to cover-up."

View of the Team: "I tend to see people as open and spontaneous and as willing to show themselves to other team members."

A team member who scores low on this set of items is saying:

View of Myself: "I feel un-free to be open, feel vulnerable and not safe, and I think it is necessary to keep large areas of myself private and unshared with the team."

View of the Team: "I tend to see team members as fearful, cautious, and unwilling to show feelings and opinions, particularly those feelings and opinions that are negative or non-supportive of other team members."

Realizing-Growing:

A team member who scores high on this set of items is saying:

View of Myself: "I feel free to take risks, assert myself, do anything that I really want to do, and follow my intrinsic motivations. I have a sense of self-realization."

View of The Team: "I tend to see team members as allowing others their freedom, and as providing an environment for me and other team members that makes it possible for us to reach our goals. Team members allow others to be who they are."

A person who scores low on this set of items is saying:

View of Myself: "I am aware of the pressure of extrinsic motivations. I feel that I must try to do what I am supposed to do and that I must attempt to meet the expectations of other team members."

View of Team: "I tend to see other team members as exerting pressures on me and others to conform, to do things that we may not want to do, and to work towards team goals that are not significant to me as a person or team member."

Interdepending-Teaming

A team member who scores high on this set of items is saying:

View of Myself: "I have a strong sense of belonging to the groups that are important to me, and I enjoy working with, helping, or meeting with other team members."

View of The Team: "I tend to see other team members as cooperative, working effectively, and relatively well integrated into the life around them and to the teams they belong to."

A person who scores low on this set of items is saying:

View of Myself: "I do not have a strong sense of belonging to the groups of which I am a member, and do not especially enjoy working with this team or with others in a team way. I have competitive, dependent, or other feelings that get in the way of my teaming with other members of the team."

View of The Team: "I tend to see other team members as not being cooperative and not working well with others. I see team members in general as not easy to work with or team with and as having feelings that get in their way."

 

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