Pioneers

Those with a pioneer working style are big-picture thinkers who want to take advantage of opportunities or create new ones.

They tend to not be detail-minded, and they make quick, spontaneous decisions.

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Guardians

Those with a guardian working style like stability, order, and rigor.

They’re pragmatic, detail-oriented, and risk-averse.

Drivers

Drivers are goal-oriented.

Those identifying with this working style thrive on challenge, results, and winning. They tackle problems head-on with logic.

Integrators

Integrators can understand the context of moving pieces.

Those having this working style represent the glue that holds the pieces together.

Using different styles of work

Once you identify your style and the styles of your coworkers, you can use them to improve collaboration as well as recognize your tendencies and biases.

Combining different working styles often creates better output. Alone, you might miss some key aspects, context, or risk beyond your own view.

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They value possibilities and they spark energy and imagination.

They tend to be creative thinkers who believe taking big risks can produce great outcomes. They are outgoing, spontaneous and adaptable.

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Business chemistry

This is a framework for understanding meaningful differences in people’s working styles. It identifies four primary types:

  • Pioneers, who value possibilities and spark energy and imagination
  • Guardians, who value stability and bring order and rigor
  • Drivers, who value challenge and generate momentum
  • Integrators, who value connection and draw teams together

...depending on different social motives:

  • Individualists seek to maximize their own outcomes with little regard for their counterparts’ outcomes. .
  • Cooperators strive to maximize both their own and other parties’ outcomes and to see that resources are divided fairly.
  • Competitives seek to get a better deal than their “opponent.” They behave in a self-serving manner and often lack the trust needed to solve problems jointly.
  • Altruists, who are quite rare, put their counterpart’s needs and wants above their own.

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