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Getting Better Every Day – [Talent Profile]

developmenttipThe Talent Profile is written from the perspective of your manager. The section I want to talk about today is called, “Development Tips”. This is, essentially, the advice a really insightful and intelligent mentor would give to you. Imagine that really cool manager now, sitting down with you across a table, you both have lovely hot cups of coffee and he/she is going to give you some advice to help you in your career.

There. Do you have the image in your mind? Then let’s proceed…

Development Tips

Nobody is perfect and based on the Octogram scores, it is possible to highlight some areas where Richard might exhibit less effective behavior. This section will give suggestions for personal development. Richard might seek out training or be given specific coaching to address some of these issues.

  • Be more patient. Be more supportive and try to adjust your behavior to be more in line with how the people around you are behaving. Try to imagine yourself in the other person’s shoes.
  • Realize that cooperation is often the key to success. Pay more attention to group interactions and the social dynamics within the team.
  • Try making decisions with less information, you will never know *everything*. Try developing and listening to your intuition, don’t always go for the safe option.
  • Be more open to other views. Talk with more people on the “work floor”. Think more about the impact of strategic decisions on those who are affected by it.
  • Realize that not only competition but also mutual cooperation can be beneficial to performance. Have more patience and take a step back every now and then. Do less and perform better because of it.

So let’s take these one by one. If I am hearing my manager correctly, I need to work on paying attention to my colleagues in the office. The patience is a tough one, in general, for me. My manager isn’t saying that I should slow down, “Be more patient“, but that I should have more patience with my colleagues and social interactions. This is a real stretch for me, time spent not moving my projects forward feels like wasted time. This is a reminder that human relationships are important, not only for my personal well being, but also for my long term success and the success of the projects I am working on.

Picture of a card from the board game "King of Tokyo"

Stronger every day!

The next point, Realize that cooperation is often the key to success, hits me, because my natural inclination is to state the facts, make a plan and GO! This point is also emphasizing that I need to work more on my interactions with others on my own team.

Try developing and listening to your intuition, don’t always go for the safe option. Ugh. Risk. Actually, I’m okay with purely social risks, but not with security risks. If the question or situation touches on security, I become Dr. Spock, unable to move unless the next step is known and safe. I can see that this tip will be a tough one for me to take on board. Maybe I should work on this by focusing on small steps.

Be more open to other views. Another tough one! This report is going to make me work. This was actually listed as one of my Pitfalls, the easy acceptance of my own correctness when I feel like I have enough facts to back up my position. You know what it is? It’s that I’m constantly building huge what-if decision trees in my head and once the tree is built, I’m reluctant to tear it down and build it again with new information. Maybe some embarrassment that the first tree was incorrect? Anyway, note to self, ask for more input and actually listen to that input.

This last bullet point, seems to reinforce the others as well as add the admonition to take some more time for myself and ease off on the accelerator pedal. Realize that not only competition but also mutual cooperation can be beneficial to performance. And failing to maintain those relationships might generate active opposition and make my work that much harder. Have more patience and take a step back every now and then. Especially if I want to avoid that burnout risk mentioned in the Pitfalls section. Do less and perform better because of it. This runs counter to my intuition, if I’m working hard and not succeeding, my instinctual reaction is to bear down and push even harder. This sometimes works, but I can also recall plenty of times in my career where it has left me feeling like my brain had been squeezed through a colander.

Whew! Another section of the Talent Profile navigated. I’ll have to put these on post-it notes or something to remind me about these tips.

The Talent Profile is available on the Octogramtest.com website.

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