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Following his doctorate, Meredith was invited to take a research fellowship at Cranfield College (now Cranfield School of Management) to continue his study of older workers in industry.
As part of his work, he went into over a hundred companies, studying how work patterns change with age.
Meredith suggests that the theme of playing to one’s strengths and managing weaknesses came to the fore even at this early age, with his poor performance in Mathematics being mitigated by excellence in Latin.
By 1945, it was difficult to attain a place at Oxford or Cambridge, as many were being reserved for ex-servicemen.
By the late 1980s, Meredith found that demand was well outstripping supply and he was forced to work into the night to write the reports required by hand.
In 1988, Meredith, Eunice and their son, Nigel, formed Belbin Associates to help promote Belbin Team Roles around the world.
Meredith found that many suffered from low self-esteem but, once they found a niche, derived great satisfaction from making contribution at work.
Today, Meredith still plays an active role at Belbin Associates.
In recent years, Meredith has visited China and Russia to speak about the application of Team Roles in different cultures.
His message was well-received by the Russian Atomic Energy Authority and helped change attitudes to management in Russia.
In particular, he remembers how older workers disliked “pacing”, the method of finishing a task on a production line within a given period of time.
Where older workers could be rewarded for accuracy rather than speed of work, job satisfaction was higher.