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What is firo-b® tes ting?

What is firo-b® tes ting? FIRO-B® stands for Fundament al Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behaviou r. Developed by

FIRO-B® stands for Fundament al Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behaviou r.

Developed by William Schutz in 1958, Schutz first used the FIRO-B® tool to as sess how teams performed in the US Navy.

The FIRO-B® is an assessment tool used to help individuals and teams better preferences in satisfying three b asic social needs:

understand their

Inclusion (the degree to which one b elongs to a group, team or community)

Control (the extent to which one prefe rs to have structure, hierarchy and influence)

Affection (one's preference for warmt h, disclosure and intimacy).

For each of these factors, FIRO- B® assesses individuals as to:

how much they express the needs an d

how much they want to have the need s expressed to them from others.

In this respect, FIRO-B® is mea suring the three aspects of Inclusion, Control and Affection, from two 'needs perspectives' of expressing (outwardly directed behaviour tow ards others) and wanting (behaviour from others directed towards oneself).

The overall 'scores' from the ass essment also reveal the degree to which peopl e attain satisfaction from their interactio ns with others versus time spent alone.

The FIRO-B® assessment data is particularly rich in enabling understanding in dividual and team behaviour.

As with many other personality a ssessments, there are no 'right or wrong', nor ' good or bad' profiles.

By reviewing the assessment inf ormation, an individual can gain insight into wh at kind

By reviewing the assessment inf ormation, an individual can gain insight into wh at kind

of teams they prefer to work in, they prefer in the workplace.

what kind of environment they'd like to work in, and what roles

The FIRO-B® model and assess ment tool can also provide information regardi styles and areas of potential con flict.

g leadership

If teams take the assessment to gether, they can compare the extent to which e ach person's preferences complement or conf lict with colleagues. For example, a team mem ber wanting a high degree of inclusion would a ppreciate and respond well to a manager who i nvites him/her to various meetings. A team memb er with a high degree of expressed affection is likely to work well with a colleague who seeks affection and attention.

The FIRO-B® system is a simpl e and elegant model that particularly assists un derstanding of team dynamics, greater self-awa reness, mutual awareness among team-memb ers (which relates helpfully to the Johari Wi ndow model), and team leadership developmen t.