Understanding our own behavioral styles is essential to our long-term success. Knowing that you have a tendency to follow the rules, or that you can connect with others helps you leverage those strengths in your style (maybe you have a passion for finance or you are great at sales).
Knowing how you are wired also helps you know when your style needs to be modified (maybe you are too strict at enforcing rules or you connect so often with others that you are not getting your own work done).
The other day I was having a somewhat difficult interaction and an overreaction. When I react this way, I revisit my own style (often with other people) to help determine the cause and see if this insight provides some solution or an easier way to modify my style in the future.
As I described the situation to someone close, they provided some much-needed insight.
I am wired for problems.
My natural tendency is to see things in an unfavorable light. Combine that with the perception that I am in control or have power over a situation, and things get interesting.
What I see as a problem, others may not even notice.
When I want to fix things, others may not be ready or aware that the problem even exists.
Sometimes this style works well.
If organizations, teams, or individuals need to change or improve.
Sometimes this style doesn’t work out as well.
If we are just having a casual conversation, or interaction.
This greater self-awareness helps me understand that although I would like to fix a lot of things, not everything is broken or a problem that needs fixing.
What is the old saying? “If you are a hammer, after a while everything begins to look like a nail.”
How are you wired?
If you know your own style, take a few moments to revisit your results.
Ask yourself the following questions:
1. What are the best 3 things about my style that really work for me in my role, job, career, or life.
2. What are the 3 things about my style that seem to get in the way the most, or if modified would lead to greater success.
Put that list somewhere where you can see it each day, and leverage what works, and begin to modify what doesn’t work.
If you don’t know your style, drop me a line or connect with someone who can help you identify your style.
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