What Role Do You Play at Work? 


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Do you know the people you work with? Mostly you have observed some visible styles while working with a group.

Each person brings in a different personality. You may have encountered the following:

The Creative Thinker – If an idea excites them, they become active and contribute to a lot of ideas.

They are very engaged, can motivate, and bring energy to the group. They communicate well and their high energy can influence the group.

When the creative thinker’s active phase passes, they are still on the go.

They go about talking to people and attending sessions or trainings to get the ideas coming in.

The Negative – Being with the creative thinker in their peak can be exhausting. Being caught up with their energy can be overwhelming and tiring. With their plans – there’s not much details yet so it still needs to be worked on.

The Goal – The creative thinker is fulfilled when they can generate ideas for the objective. Their main goal is to create a vision.

The Analytical Thinker – These are the people who thinks about the process of achieving the idea. They think in sequence and order.

They want an organized and detailed way of performing the task. They work on a system that makes the process consistent, repeatable, and less prone to risks.

They are logical and can analyze the data generated related to the results. They have the ability to analyze this data and present them as feedback.

The Negative – Because of being highly analytical and dependent on data results, the analytical thinker can be quite less flexible. They can only provide feedback if they have the full set of data for interpretation.

The Goal –  The goal is achieved for the analytical thinker if they were able to establish a good working process in doing the task.

The Practical Thinker – These are the ones who are determined it getting the job done in the most practical way ever.  They are more in touch with the real battlefield because of their need to understand on how to deal with things in a more pragmatic manner.

The Negative – They don’t like following instructions by detail as they want it done their way. Some company guidelines may be ignored in the process in doing their tasks. Since they have their own process of doing their job, turnover can be quite a feat.

The Goal – When they get the job done, the practical thinker feels he has succeeded.

All of these personalities sounds familiar right? You may have encountered these kinds of thinkers already. You may also be one of them or a combination of the two types with one type more dominating than the other.

If you look at it closely, even though there is one overriding goal for the whole team – each thinker finds fulfillment in a different way.

While they can work together to achieve the goal, sometimes disconnect may happen. There is the probability of clashing and therefore not really achieving the end goal.

However, they can and still should work together. The group can still perform well. How can this be done?

We introduce another type of personality that can be the key to make the group reach their maximum potential. Today we talk about the Collaborator.

The Collaborator is the fourth type of personality that can put the team in a balance? Why? How does the Collaborator work?

We started with the three types of thinkers and their potential to underperform because of their differences, the Collaborator comes in to make sure all of the types can work together as a whole.

What is the role of the Collaborator?

The Collaborator can be differentiated from the Creative, Analytical, and Practical thinkers by the role it plays. Each of the thinker feels fulfillment based on their “personality”. The goal of the Collaborator is to oversee the three types of thinkers.

Here’s what they do:

They keep in check of the situation.  –  It is understandable that each worker has their own personality and the Collaborator respects that. The Collaborator allows the thinkers to work according to their characteristic but checks on them should they go beyond the limits.

This happens when the thinkers lean more toward their negatives.  The Collaborator will regulate each thinker’s personality so there would be balance.

They provide resolution in conflicts. – And in any case that the thinkers come into a gridlock, the Collaborator will step in to provide resolution in the situation.

As the Collaborator is aware of the role of each thinker, takes consideration of their thoughts, and provides a resolution for the differences in opinion.

They diffuse tense situations. – When the thinkers get into disagreements, it is the Collaborator’s role to mediate. They clear up the points of disconnect and helps clear out the situation.

They plan and delegate tasks. – As the person who observes the role of each thinker, the Collaborator knows better how to use each one’s strength. They will assign the task per thinker to get maximum results.

They communicate. – Each thinker has a different work language and the Collaborator communicates to each one without bias. The Collaborator can smooth out probable misunderstandings.

They unify the team. – The Collaborator enables the Creative, Analytical, and Practical thinkers to work together. He unifies the team so they can work harmoniously with each other.

The Collaborator plays a vital role in completing the types of personalities in the team. Their role is also important in growing the business.

At the start of the business, they can make use of the Creative Thinker’s ability to build ideas and to create a vision for the company. And with the help of the Practical thinker, they will go bounds to take risks to make things work.

With the business getting established, there will be a need to have a process in place to maintain the success. The Analytical thinker comes in to put order in how things are done to make sure outcome is consistent.

Conflict between the thinkers may now arise but with a Collaborator in place, they can all work together to achieve the common goal.

To summarize, all roles are important in the business. They all help contribute to the goal. Clashing may happen, but with proper collaboration everything will work out.



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