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

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.

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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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Pioneers
Pioneers

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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.

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Pioneers

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...

Guardians

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.

Drivers

They value change and they generate momentum.

Direct in the approach to people and problems, they are technical, quantitative and logical.

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The Data Scientist presentation style

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 presentation style

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 presentation style

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.

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Your work style is the way that you go about your day-to-day tasks on the job.

Everyone has his or her own working style, or strategy for optimally performing while at work...

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Independent work styles are efficient, disciplined and productive. They like to follow their instincts and see where they take them.

Visionary and entrepreneurial types often have an independent working style. This type is also often found in creative or scientific fields.

Cooperative working style

Those that identify with this style are organized, strategic and collaborative. They are diplomatic and are typically excellent communicators.

They are often found in relationship-oriented roles like human resources and in leadership roles. Account executives, HR directors, and project managers are often known to have a cooperative business style.

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You must adapt your approach to fit the situation. 

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Kurt Lewin's Leadership Styles

Psychologist Kurt Lewin developed his framework in the 1930s, and it provided the foundation of many of the approaches that followed afterwards

  • Autocratic leaders make decisions without consulting their team members, even if their input would be useful.
  • Democratic leaders make the final decisions, but they include team members in the decision-making process.
  • Laissez-faire leaders give their team members a lot of freedom in how they do their work. They provide support with resources and advice if needed, but otherwise they don't get involved.
The Blake-Mouton Managerial Grid
  • With a people-oriented style, you focus on organizing, supporting, and developing your team members. This participatory style encourages good teamwork and creative collaboration.
  • With task-oriented leadership, you focus on getting the job done. You define the work and the roles required, put structures in place, and plan, organize, and monitor work.

The best style to use is one that has both a high concern for people and a high concern for the task.

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Connectional intelligence

The ability to drive innovation and breakthrough results by tackling the power of relationships and networks.

It recognizes that leaps in creativity and progress cannot be achieve...

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One of the most well-known interior designs is the traditional one. The dark wooden furniture is often ornately detailed and usually includes crystal chandeliers. Furthermore, among the popular patterns are: damask, florals, strips and plaids.
Maybe the best sign that you might be into this kind of design is the fact that you have a thing for consistency: matching furniture sets is basically the main rule when it comes to this design style.

Modern design

The modern design refers generally to a specific time period and it gets its features from the mix of Scandinavian, mid-century modern and post-modern design. Designers tend to prefer metal, chrome and glass integrated into a minimal decor.

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  • Able to operate on and enable environments that are more dynamic, team-centric, and connected.
  • Lead and build teams and partner with the broader ecosystems, keep people connected and engaged, and drive a culture of innovation, learning, and continuous improvement.
  • Lead a workforce that includes contractors, the contingent workforce, and crowd talent.
  • Understand how different business functions, industries, and technologies come together to form solutions.
  • Comfortable and competent with risk-taking.
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Millennials expect to be developed via opportunities, mentoring, and stretch assignments. However that is hard to come by in top-heavy companies. 

Most millennials think their roles provide little development while most companies report they have excellent or adequate programs for Millennials.

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Work styles

Work styles refer to the way we think, structure, organize, and complete our work

They the foundation upon which businesses operate and grow today.

4 types of work styles

In any organization you will usually find these main work styles:

  • Logical, analytical, linear, and data-oriented
  • Organized, sequential, planned, and detailed-oriented
  • Supportive, expressive, and emotionally oriented
  • Big-picture, integrative, and ideation-oriented.
The data-oriented colleague

Their strengths are in analyzing data, logical processing, and solving complex problems.

They are focused on achieving the established goals and will ensure that you stay on budget.

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