Crowdfunding The Chance For 10,000 Entrepreneurs To Have Better Teams

posted Sep 18, 2012, 5:26 PM by David Khorram

My favorite part of great heist movies is the part where they put the team together. The minds behind the heist know they have the chance to get the big score, but they know they can’t do it alone. So they spend their time planning for the perfect combination of skills and attitudes they need for their heist. Then they go off to find those perfect people.

In many ways, picking a team to start a business is a lot like picking a team to pull off the perfect heist. In a lot of ways, starting a business can prove even riskier than a heist – which makes finding the perfect team even more valuable.

To that end,   The Gabriel Institute , which focuses on improving the Teamability of organizations, has started an Indiegogo fundraiser  The goal? To provide 10,000 entrepreneurs with free access to their Teamability products.

The Gabriel Institute was founded by two behavioral scientists – Dr. Janice Presser and Dr. Jack Gerber. Back in 1984, the two of them began research into what Dr. Presser refers to as “coherence.” That is, how people best work together within a team. One of their key insights was the idea that people are best suited to different roles within an organization. Within the organization, different teams require different types of roles.

The products that the Gabriel Institute offers enables people to learn and understand their roles within an organization. When managers and employees better understand their preferred roles, responsibilities can then be adjusted to ensure that the team functions together as easily as possible. The reports are generated through self-directed tests that seem simple, but I can tell you from experience that they’re quite insightful.

What’s more, by aligning people’s responsibilities to the roles that they’re best suited for, they’re less likely to leave their jobs and the organization itself can thrive.

“By making the workplace a better place, we make the world a better place,” Dr. Presser told me. “A satisfying job means you go home more satisfied.”

The Institute has also had a great deal of success in industry. They’ve worked with over a hundred companies, non-profits, and government agencies. One of their clients, the mining company  Indiegogo fundraiser  for their innovation in applying the Gabriel Institute’s technology to their own organization – which enables them to reduce new hire turnover from 30% to 0%. That 0% rate remained steady for over a year even as the company expanded by over 350 new employees.

“The time and costs associated with the hiring process are also reduced. Now, before we invest in face-to-face meetings, we screen for the kind of team-players who are the right fit for the job, for a specific team’s mission, and for our culture,” said Mike O’Neill, Preferred Sands CEO in a  press release . “Whether you have hiring quality problems, or team performance problems, or any other people-related issues or challenges, stop paying so much attention to ‘talent,’ and focus on finding the right team-players.”

With the donations from this campaign, the Gabriel Institute hopes to be able to fund its research to be able to predict people’s entrepreneurial capability. Like most crowdfunding campaigns, it has a number of perks, but the best is this: for every $10 donated to the campaign, the Gabriel Institute will donate a Teamability product to a pool to be made available at no cost to entrepreneurs participating in startup incubators, accelerators, or other educational programs
You can check out a video about their IndieGoGo campaign below: