One of my favorite exercises in every workshop I facilitate is where participants get to share their unique viewpoint on their own preferences - what their strengths are, what their challenges are, how to best work with them, and how they're often misunderstood. During a recent workshop on Interaction Styles, here's what came out for the Get-Things-Going™ style:

Strengths:

  • Everyone agrees / happy

Challenges:

  • Lots of emotion
  • Want to please everyone

How to work with us:

  • Listen & breathe
  • Include everyone
  • Have buy in

Common misconception:

  • We're too soft, or too slow

This group of Get-Things-Going™ leaders received feedback from their colleagues in the form of appreciation of their strengths, and the advantages they bring to the team: harmony, motivation, and fun. We were also able to clarify that their influence is easily underrated, because it truly becomes evident only when they're not on the team, taking care of everyone. Without them, you'll miss the "glue", and projects may not run as smoothly.

To help you clarify if this may be your Interaction Style preference, or that of someone you live or work with, here's the Get-Things-Going™ pattern description taken from Dr. Berens' book:

The theme is persuading and involving others. They thrive in facilitator or catalyst roles and aim to inspire others to move to action, facilitating the process. Their focus is on interaction, often with an expressive style. They Get-Things-Going™ with upbeat energy, enthusiasm, or excitement, which can be contagious. Exploring options and possibilities, making preparations, discovering new ideas, and sharing insights are all ways they get people moving along. They want decisions to be participative and enthusiastic, with everyone involved and engaged.

 

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