“Different, but not wrong – just different!”
Yesterday I was able to listen to Alison Mooney
She was talking about relationships with others, how we are all different, and of course that is ok.
She talked about 4 different personality types and we fit into. While we can blend in to more than one, we are dominant in one area.
The PRECISE personality – love to do it right
KEY STRENGTH -love to get things done in a logical and orderly manner. Their focus is on completing the task with excellence. e.g. They struggle to leave a job incomplete. They bring huge value to any organisation with their critical skills and strategies.
The POWERFUL personality – loves to take charge.
KEY STRENGTH – is that you know what can be achieved and clearly see the immediate gain. For example, you focus on results and outcomes, therefore you can make decisions quickly. You have an authoritative and convincing presence, naturally gravitating to leadership roles.
The PEACEFUL personality – love to create a non-threatening environment
KEY STRENGTH – best at nurturing and building a cohesive team, the ultimate ‘diplomat’. Easy to get along with and are valued for their non-abrasive manner. Because they listen well they bring clarity to any meeting.
The PLAYFUL personality – desire is to have fun.
KEY STRENGTH – is that they know how to bring energy and life into dull situations. For example, they have the knack of making meetings interesting and lively. The most important contribution “Playfuls” make in the workplace is their high energy and enthusiasm. They will stay optimistic and buoyant in uncertain times – e.g. restructuring, pressured time frames.
While it was fun to listen to what each personality I was most like, and the strengths and weaknesses of my personality, there was more I could take from what I was learning.
We as teachers are always striving to meet the individual needs of our students, cater for the different ways they learn, and plan/deliver lessons that are engaging for all. Surely then as professionals we should apply this philosophy to strengthen the relationships we have with our colleagues, to work together successfully.
It is not only important to understand what you need yourself to be successful, but to understand what others need and how they work. If you are able to present information, or work with a colleague in a way that also meets their needs, then surely no matter the task we should be able to be successful.
For me this was another way of looking at how we can strengthen relationships in our workplace.
After all we all have the same end goal WE ALL WANT THE BEST LEARNING POSSIBLE FOR OUR CHILDREN…
It has got me thinking ...Maybe we should take the time to understand our colleagues rather than getting frustrated with the differences so that we can strengthen the collaborative environment we are working in.