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There are 4 strong personalities...

...that stand out for their ability, both positively and negatively, to impact team dynamics, especially when it comes to meetings: the Challengers, the Analyzers, the Implementers and the Collaborators.

The best team managers know how to utilize the strengths these four strong personalities while mitigating their weaknesses and the negative impact they have on the team.

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The "get it done" people, they are great on the operational side, with tactical plans, deadlines and workflows. 

But Implementers can get so caught up in the logistics of asking "but is that idea feasible?" that they inhibit team innovation.

  • Mobilize the talents of all personality types in team meetings.
  • Clearly identify the meeting topics, what the it hopes to accomplish and how participants should prepare.
  • Establish how decisions will be reached up front.
  • Equalize the room by picking a focal point, a c...

Team-harmony focused, great at smoothing out the rough patches, but can also take collaboration and consensus building to an extreme that hinders team progress.

For example, if an Implementer is playing devil's advocate to a Challenger's big idea and a fight is about to ignite, the C...

The big idea people, who love going against convention. They are the people that blurt out mid meeting "This is a stupid idea. I've got something better we can try instead."

They can deliver the great idea that unsticks a team's thinking, but when the team has been developing...

The content experts, analyzers don't know everything, but what they do know, they know extremely well.

When a team is dealing with a challenge that matches the Analyzer's area of expertise, you're on the path to solve the problem. But when the team focus strays from the Analyzer's a...

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  1. They achieve the meeting's objective.
  2. They take up a minimum amount of time.
  3. They leave participants feeling that a sensible process has been followed.

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Difficulty speaking up during virtual meetings

We all struggle to speak up at times for many reasons:

  • It's harder to read physical and social cues onscreen and even impossible on a big team.
  • If you're a junior employee or still new to the company, you may feel reserved around your teammates.
  • You may feel your id...

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One on one meetings

...are held between a team leader and team member

They are conversations that usually last no longer than 10 to 30 minutes where they discuss what is going well and what needs to change. 

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