There's four types of "business personalities" important to know if you're like most people and have to collaborate or work on a team. The four types (meaning, structure, caring, action) Meaning people don’t necessarily care if the work gets done until they understand why it needs to be done in the first place. They seek to understand the value and meaning of the work before doing it. They always go back to the goal and will ask questions like:
- Why are we doing this?
- Why are we taking this approach?
- Why don’t we try this instead?,
- Why is this important?
Structure people don’t care so much about why they want to know how. They want to know the path and will ask questions like:
- How are we going to accomplish this?
- Whats the best approach?
- What are the different strategies or angles we could take to conquer this?
- How long, How much, and what’s my role
Caring people don’t care if the work gets done as long as everyone is satisfied and heard. They ask questions like:
- Are we all in agreement?
- Is everyone happy with this approach?
- Did we make sure everyone got a chance to voice their opinions?
- Any concerns?
Action people. Don’t care why or how, or who. They care about GO. As soon as a project is presented they’re off to do it. No questions asked.
Obviously each person takes an entirely different approach to starting a project. And since differences often create conflict, you'll have to be able to understand all sides in order to fight fair. So in the upcoming blog post I'll be talking about how the personalities interact with each other. But first...what type do you think you are? I’d love to hear in the comments below.