How to Influence

How to Collaborate With the Inventor

As you may already know, inventive thinkers are essential to any team. You’ll want to acquire the strengths of an inventive thinker to use in your own life, but you’ll also need to know how to work with these individuals who break the mold.Inventor

While creativity is celebrated, the stigma associated with inventive thinkers is not so coveted. Sometimes considered “weird” or even laughable, inventive thinkers must gain a solid inner assurance in order to wield their creative powers in a judgmental group. Once they have acquired this assurance, inventive thinkers can be natural leaders bringing passion and purpose to a project.

However, this passion may be short-lived. Inventive thinkers may keep to themselves and find collaboration a burden on their own thought processes. The team can be instantly frustrated with a lack of communication, and as a result the tendency is to exclude this one from their tasks and ideas. Recognizing the value of a collective brainstorming effort will help in keeping the team together to accomplish the most good.

How to Work with an Inventive Thinker

When working with an individual prone to Inventive Thinking, it’s best to limit your criticism to that which is truly constructive. It’s easy to judge their ideas too quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Work With an Altruistic Thinker

Nurse Call ButtonAn altruistic thinker is an ideal teamate – in most respects. They seek ways to support you, they smooth over difficult situations, and they apply their well-developed people skills to build morale within a team. You may find yourself leaning on this thinker in times of stress. You may also watch others turn to the altruistic thinker when in need.

While this thinker will offer you the best advice they can give, their advice may not always be the right course of action. Because they are trying to preserve the relationships in a group, their focus may not be the same as your end goal.

While the altruistic thinker is a savvy reader of human nature, they may err on the idealistic side of things. Sometimes it is better to go by your own instincts or gut reaction when dealing with certian situations. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Ways To Work With a Pessimistic Thinker

Don't Rain On My ParadeYou’re tempted to walk the other way when you see him coming. You zone out when he starts talking in a meeting. Occasionally he inspires humor, but more often, the Pessimistic Thinker awakens the negativity in those around him.

However, the doctor’s dose of reality is worth hearing. The Pessimistic Thinker might be called the devil’s advocate, but he’s also a team’s advocate, whether they know it or not. He can identify common pitfalls, hidden risks, and flaws in your own thinking. Sometimes his advice is hard to hear, but there are ways to improve your relationship with this thinker.

Approach Him With Compassion

While he may present an icy demeanor and inspire the same in return, this individual responds to friendliness. You can offer him the respect he demands, while still appealing to him as a friend. The Pessimistic Thinker is nobody’s fool, but even he is not immune to the art of persuasion.

Give Him His Say

Often, the Pessimistic Thinker simply needs to be heard – to get it out there, so he doesn’t kick himself later when the worst happens. If the pessimistic thinker’s timing is wrong, such as during brainstorming, let him know that he will have a later opportunity to identify risks. Show him you value his input and that you will take his ideas into consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

Use Different Perspectives To Your Advantage

As you work to become an “optimized” thinker, you will want to consider that every situation has numerous perspectives – and your perspective depends on the thinking style you use. As a team member, this will help you to recognize that not everyone has to see a situation as you do. The resulting understanding can forge stronger bonds, giving you greater influence and an intrinsic sense of harmony.

brainHow to “Optimize” Your Relationships

The ability to work well with others is essential to high performance. A person might have all the indicators of success – an Ivy League degree, an impressive resume, even a genius IQ – but without people skills, these credentials lose relevance in the workplace.

The 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, and Resolute) provide a rare insight into the complex thinking processes of those around you. if you feel like someone’s from another planet, he or she might just have a different thinking style than you do. In fact, this person’s abilities could be the perfect complement to your own – not in spite of, but because of your differences. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Results With Resolute Thinking

A key trait of the resolute thinker is the unwillingness to procrastinate – this thinker knows how to get results. Do you have a long list of to-dos that won’t seem to go away? Which items could you mark off today, tomorrow, or in the near future?Checklist You can adopt the decisive demeanor of Resolute Thinking and unburden yourself of those nagging chores.

What’s the Priority?

The resolute thinker is a master of utilizing their time efficiently. They know what needs to happen and in what order. This thinking skill is especially handy in a leadership role. Do you know how to identify the hotspot in a situation – the issue that is most important? If you fail to prioritize your actions, this mistake can derail the entire effort. Read the rest of this entry »

Face Reality With Optimism

“Cultivate optimism by committing yourself to a cause, a plan, or a value system. You’ll feel that you are growing in a meaningful direction which will help you rise above day-to-day setbacks.” – Robert Conroy, Author

Positive AttitudeThe “can do” attitude of the optimistic thinker makes them easy to identify. Similarly, the doomsday mentality of the pessimistic thinker is simple to spot. However, human thought processes are not so black and white. While you might work with someone who is usually optimistic, they too can succumb to a pattern of negativity. Or, you may notice that your team member has moved from optimistic to unrealistic thinking, which is a dangerous progression, especially in a work environment. Read the rest of this entry »

Find the Balance of Altruistic Thinking

More than a random act of kindness, Altruistic Thinking involves the everyday application of these principles of giving. With this way of thinking, you know to ask “How can I help?” and you mean it. You also naturally know where you are needed. As a result, others are drawn to your giving and loving spirit.Balancing Gifts

How to Work with an Altruistic Thinker

As you aim to become an altruistic thinker, see if you can identify someone you work with who uses this style of thinking. Their example could be an inspiring force for your growth. However, you might know someone who errs on the extreme side of this thinking style – they worry about everyone except themselves. The profile of the extreme altruistic thinker could be a hard-working mother who’s consumed with her family or an idealistic leader who works night and day without a break.

These thinkers are actually impairing their effectiveness – and possibly having a negative impact on those around them. The selfless mother could become so consumed with her children that they feel the stifling pressure of being the center of her universe. The overworked boss might be stretched so thin that he burns out, which ultimately impacts the team. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Possible Motivations in Dealing With Opposition

ArgumentThe thinkers on your team ruled by Intuitive Thinking do not process information the same way others do. While most people follow a logical train of thought when making a decision, the intuitive thinker will use their feelings as a beacon to tell him what to do.

For instance, imagine a scenario where you propose that your department buy a certain type of computer, but the intuitive thinker opposes your selection.

The problem is they can’t explain why. Because you now understand this style of thought, you can let go of your frustration and help them trace the source of their feeling. However, you must first determine if your team member is ruled by intuition, fear, or if they are simply trying to be obstinate. In some cases, they may be driven by a feeling that has nothing to do with either the situation or with you. Read the rest of this entry »

Communication to Circumvent the Chaos

CommunicationMore than likely, you have a co-worker who’s an assertive thinker. Working with this thinker offers some benefits and unique challenges. They are passionate, but they can also be hard to persuade. The best way to communicate with this thinker is to use the same style of thinking. They know how to practice forthrightness, so, in return, they respect it.

Recognize how assertiveness could become aggressiveness, which is never appropriate in the workplace. Your ability to be assertive in return – with delicacy – can help you defuse a potentially troublesome situation. Similarly, you might notice this thinker tends to stir things up when it is not necessary. With thoughtful communication tactics, you can circumvent the chaos they are trying to cause. Start by trying to see the reason for the outburst.

How to Lead an Assertive Thinker

When leading an assertive thinker, you may find that it’s “my way or no way.” They are always willing to do the work, but they may be unwilling to deviate from their own plan of action. The good news is that this thinker is not immune to reason. By explaining the rationale behind a process, you can influence their direction. Read the rest of this entry »

Change Your Mindset To Communicate Better

Change Your Mindset“One has to have the courage of one’s pessimism.” – Ian McEwan, Novelist

Often misunderstood and underutilized, the pessimistic thinker on a team has significant value to add if allowed to do so. He helps prevent shortsightedness, minimizing dangers that others don’t see. As the team member of a pessimistic thinker, you can gain their trust by showing that you have considered these risks.

Activity: Change Your Mindset

It has been said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. For this reason alone, it’s in your best interest to adapt your thinking to better communicate with those around you. If the pessimistic thinker is hurting your team’s dynamics, you can’t dismiss or relegate him to a meaningless task. You need each other’s strengths. To best work together, you may not be able to change this person – but you can change your own mindset. Read the rest of this entry »