And, apart from the Thanksgiving Dinner table political arguments, the workplace is where our differences impact us the most. Managers, leaders, team members, the one person off the side who usually works better alone… we all fit somewhere. And sometimes, the workplace can seem like a large puzzle with pieces that are hard to connect.
But the truth is, it’s only on the surface. Different personality types, motivators, and leadership traits can (and will) clash if only the outward behaviors are utilized. This leads to misaligned goals, less-effective teams, and poor performance metrics overall.
The good news is digging a bit deeper can yield impressive, proven results. Once it’s understood why people do what they, and feel what they feel, the easier it is for everyone to understand each other. Managers better understand their direct reports, more effective teams can be crafted, and a general sense of cohesion develops. Better efficiency is almost always evident, and, of course, sales invariably increase.
Every successful company had a point where they needed “more” than a seminar or motivational activities. Indeed, learning about human nature is almost a pre-requisite to making that key step from “constant struggle” to “expected success”. Investing in yourself and your people, on a deep assessment level, can pay off big time.