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“Are you going to analyse me?!”

When I started my business and excitedly told people I did ‘personality profiling’, I heard this a few times!  On a couple of occasions, people actually stepped away from me!

There can be misconceptions about what personality profiling tools do, for example, “Is it going to put me in a box?”  

For me, it’s not about boxing people in, rather it’s a great place to start your journey to an increased self-awareness. Yes, people with the same ‘type’ do tend to prefer to do things in a similar way and can get wound up by similar things, but we are all unique individuals.

Here are 3 areas when appreciating cognitive diversity in the workplace (and indeed at home) can be a game changer:

1.  It’s not deliberate / personal!

When people with different personality types work together, it can be a recipe for frustration. It can appear that one person is trying to wind another person up, when actually it’s just that their natural preference is different.

Take report writing; when someone is detail oriented, it’s likely they will spot and be distracted by typos. For those who are big picture oriented, they may not have noticed them and so can be frustrated with the ‘picky’ feedback given.

Top tip: If you know you don’t always see typos, give your report to someone who will, before you hand in your final version so the person reading it can concentrate on your great ideas.


2.  Meeting deadlines

Those people who prefer to live a structured life, usually plan out a project and like to finish in good time. Pair them up with someone who has a much more relaxed relationship with time, doing their best work up against a deadline, and there’s the potential for sparks!

Top tips: Agree a deadline that works for both of you.

Resist the urge to ask “Have you done it yet?” before the agreed deadline to prevent people feeling micromanaged.

Provide timely updates, to provide reassurance that all is on track.


3.  Communication, communication, communication

We can have a tendency to communicate in a way that works for us, but by doing this, it can mean that colleagues with different personality types may become disengaged. Remember, big meetings don’t work for everyone, not everyone likes being put on the spot and some brilliant ideas can take up to 48 hours to form.

Top tip: Use a mixture of communication styles. Provide details, a vision and the opportunity for follow up questions, verbally or via email if you want to get the most from your team.

Discovering what makes you ‘tick’ and appreciating that others may ‘tock’ can enhance team dynamics, communication and productivity. It also means you can use the strengths of your team members, so they feel engaged.

To find out more about how to get the best from your team and start their journey of self-awareness, why not book a free discovery call to see how I can help?

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