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The Four Key Working Styles That Create Business Chemistry -- Which Is Yours?

Business chemistry

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

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The Four Key Working Styles That Create Business Chemistry -- Which Is Yours?

The Four Key Working Styles That Create Business Chemistry -- Which Is Yours?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2018/05/22/the-four-key-working-styles-that-create-business-chemistry-which-is-yours/

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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

Why universal approaches don't work

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.

Business chemistry mix

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.

Business chemistry is primarily about how you prefer to work

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.

The Business chemistry mindset

Start by being aware of the differences between people that come from approaching things from diverse perspectives.

Sometimes the root cause of a particularly challenging relationship suddenly becomes clear when you look at it through this lens.

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

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The Storyteller can tap emotions and weave a persuasive narrative.

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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.

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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.

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