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This is a framework for understanding meaningful differences in people’s working styles. It identifies four primary types:
A one-size-fits-all approach won’t work well on a team with a mix of types.
For example, too many constraints can completely shut a Pioneer down, while a Guardian may withdraw in an environment that feels too chaotic.
A Driver may become very frustrated in an organization that lacks decisiveness, while an Integrator may wither on a team that doesn’t value broad-based input.
Manage the team in ways that support the diverse needs of different types of work.
You wouldn’t want a team that is all about creative ideas with no focus on implementing those ideas. Or one that is searching for the big win with no attention paid to the people involved in getting there.
It’s not about who you are or what you can and cannot do.
We can all flex in the short-term, stretching outside our comfort zone in quick bursts, and we can all grow in the long-term, expanding that comfort zone through experience and practice.
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Those with a pioneer working style are big-picture thinkers who want to take advantage of opportunities or create new ones.
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Those with a guardian working style like stability, order, and rigor.
They’re pragmatic, detail-oriented, and risk-averse.
Drivers are goal-oriented.
Those identifying with this working style thrive on challenge, results, and winning. They tackle problems head-on with logic.
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, spontaneou...
They favor stability, order and rigor.
Likely to stick with the status quo, they are deliberate decision-makers who are practical, focused on detail and reserved.
They value change and they generate momentum.
Direct in the approach to people and problems, they are technical, quantitative and logical.
The Data Scientist uses data, analytics, facts, and figures to make his point and persuade the audience.
Pros: This presentation style delivers data, information and analy...
The Storyteller can tap emotions and weave a persuasive narrative.
An audience may not remember every single data point or statistic, but they will remember a great story or emotional connection.
Pros: Focused on making an emotional connection with the audience.
Cons: Not suitable for audiences that just want a factual answer to a simple question.
The Closer jumps into a presentation, cuts right to the chase, delivers the bottom line and skips all the boring stuff.
It sees the end goal and goes right for it.
Pros: reduces a presentation to its esssence.
Cons: may be perceived as too harsh or abrupt.