I've read a lot about teams, and written more than a few words, so it was that I realized Carson Tate has an idea I've not thought much about:
".... differences in work style — or the way in which we think about, organize, and complete tasks.Of course, this is nice to know, but what does a PM do about it?
In any office you will find four basic types of people:
- Logical, analytical, and data-oriented
- Organized, plan-focused, and detail-oriented
- Supportive, expressive, and emotionally oriented
- Strategic, integrative, and idea-oriented"
Tate suggests two actions that are available to managers
- Organize tasks and parse the work statement according to who is good at what.
- Coach performance according to the native capabilities or dispositions
- Let the planners do the planning, and keep the blue sky types away from the details
- Don't try to push a round peg into a square hole. One size and shape does not fit all, so work assignments are tailored to skills and disposition
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