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When you have to Chart-the-Course™

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When you have to Chart-the-Course™

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 Chart-the-Course™ style:

Strengths:

  • We have a plan
  • We know what the goals are
  • We know where we're going

Challenges:

  • Sometimes it's difficult to get people on board and see our plans make sense
  • It can be hard to explain our vision to others

How to work with us:

  • Let us know what you need and what is expected

Common misconception:

  • We're bossy

This group of Chart-the-Course™ leaders received feedback from their colleagues in the form of appreciation of their strengths, and the advantages they bring to the team: a plan, structure, and results. We were also able to clarify that their plan isn't always set in stone: we're open to tangents and explorations, but we'll be aware of when we're deviating.

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

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Interaction Style booklet

The theme is having a course of action to follow. People of this style focus on knowing what to do and keeping themselves, the group, or the project on track. They prefer to enter a situation having an idea of what is to happen. They identify a process to accomplish a goal and have a somewhat contained tension as they work to create and monitor a plan. The aim is not the plan itself, but to use it as a guide to move things along toward the goal. Their informed and deliberate decisions are based on analyzing, outlining, conceptualizing or foreseeing what needs to be done.

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Working from Behind-the-Scenes™

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 Behind-the-Scenes™ style:

Strengths:

  • Consensus with good result

Challenges:

  • Many ideas
  • How to reconcile different views

How to work with us:

  • Communicate with Us
  • Listening but may not use input
  • Be patient

Common misconception:

  • We do not get the results needed

This group of Behind-the-Scenes™ leaders received feedback from their colleagues in the form of appreciation of their strengths, and the advantages they bring to the team: quality, considering unusual sources of input, and making connections where others may not. We were also able to clarify that their decision-making style is consultative, i.e. we'll listen but may not use your input.

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

The theme is getting the best result possible. People of this style focus on understanding and working with the process to create a positive outcome. They see value in many contributions and consult outside inputs to make an informed decision. They aim to integrate various information sources and accommodate differing points of view. They approach others with a quiet, calm style that may not show their strong convictions. Producing, sustaining, defining and clarifying are all ways they support a group’s process. They typically have more patience than most with the time it takes to gain support through consensus for a project or to refine the result.

 

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3 Tips to Get-Things-Going™

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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How do you know if you're In-Charge™?

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 In-Charge™ style:

Strengths:

  • We get things done.

Challenges:

  • Working with others
  • Push past people
  • Not getting buy-in

How to work with us:

  • Get to the point
  • Don't waste my time
  • Must have action / result

Common misconception:

  • We're pushy, impersonal, and unemotional

This group of In-Charge™ leaders received feedback from their colleagues in the form of appreciation of their strengths, and the advantages they bring to the team: results, direction, and an attention to timely delivery. We were also able to clarify that making a decision quickly does not mean that decision will have to stand forever; rather, new decisions can be made if and when new information comes to light.

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

The theme is getting things accomplished through people. People of this style are focused on results, often taking action quickly. They often have a driving energy with an intention to lead a group to the goal. They make decisions quickly to keep themselves and others on task, on target, and on time. They hate wasting time and having to back-track. Mentoring, executing actions, supervising, and mobilizing resources are all ways they get things accomplished. They notice right away what is not working in a situation and become painfully aware of what needs to be fixed, healed, or corrected.

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