Have you ever asked your colleagues how they like to work? What about asking them how they like to process information?
My team just did this, although we used a formal system called the Team Management Profile, which “reveals critical dynamics to enable the development of high performance in the workplace.”
My “ah-ha” moment in the meeting was that I have never asked my colleagues these questions — at any job. And yet, I know there are different work styles because I find some easier to work with than others.
While not everyone can participate in TMP, everyone can ask their colleagues about their preferences.
My colleagues and I were asked to share three ways that we want to link with others. Mine are
- Allow me to have processing/thinking time that is uninterrupted so I can stay in the flow/rhythm of my work (mornings)
- Stick to agendas and, if there is deviation, there needs to be a reason (additional action item, for example)
- Be punctual to meetings
How do you like to work? More importantly, have you shared that with your colleagues?