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Take 3 for the sea case study

Written by written by Sherrie Haynie, 5 min read.


Take 3 for the Sea is a non-profit organization whose mission is to rid the oceans of plastic pollution.

Founded in Australia in 2010, its success has been acknowledged with several awards, including the 2022 Energy Globe World Award for Sustainability and the 2023 NSW Sustainable Tourism Award from the Banksia Foundation.

But how can a small team that thrives on its close-knit relationship adapt to remote working and expansion?

Find out in the new Take 3 for the Sea case study.

As with many organizations, the pandemic made a lasting impact on Take 3 for the Sea’s working arrangements. They closed the office in Long Jetty, New South Wales, and transferred everyone to remote work—not easy for a small group of people with preferences for Extraversion. Regular tasks that were handled easily through in-person communication and meetings became more difficult.

It wasn’t the only change, either. The organization expanded its employee base which now included people from outside Australia, shifting Take 3 for the Sea from a regional team to an international one.

To give itself the best chance of maintaining and improving team relations in a remote environment while accommodating new team members, the charity decided on a team building course: the MBTI Essentials Virtual Workshop.

What, no introverts?

“It is interesting that none of our team are introverted,” says Roberta Dixon-Valk, one of the founders of Take 3 for the Sea. “That makes sense in terms of our team meetings. Everyone wants their say!”

It’s not just Extraversion that dominates the team’s preferences. Most people working there tend to prefer Extraversion, Intuition, and Feeling. Becoming aware of their preferences, even when they had many in common, meant they could acknowledge their strengths and make a conscious effort to include unrepresented preferences in their discussions.

Shared goals, different perspectives

“I didn’t realize the extent of [people’s] differences until we did this workshop. Even at Take 3, we’re all here because we’re passionate about the ocean, plastic pollution, and making a difference so you would think we were all quite similar,” adds Roberta. “But how everyone gets to that point isn’t the same depending on their personality type. We may take different routes and journeys to achieve the same goal.”

Read the full case study and watch the short video of three Take 3 employees talking about their learning and insights.


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