Many frustrations that you experience on your job or in your business are due to not understanding your Work Personality Type (WPT). It may also come from misinterpreting the WPT of the people that are around you. Tasks that have to be completed for a project may be in direct contrast to the type of work that fits you; this result leads to unfinished projects, slower-than-expected moving projects or completed projects that lack the “A-Game” effort.
If you sum up the various work styles you will come up with two basic WPT’s, Builders and Managers.
Builder: This person or team likes to develop projects or create systems often from scratch however restructuring or reorganizing projects can be added to their WPT Profile. The Builder will move almost effortlessly to complete the mission with the available resources and proceed to manage the project until he or she recruits a Manager to takeover the helm. The flipside to this WPT is that the builder is a high risk taker and will get bored once the management stage arrives therefore the Builder will need to put a Manager in place in enough time so that when he or she gravitates to the next project the previous one is still moving with efficiency.
Manager: This person or team thrives on managing a system or project and finding ways to improve its performance. They are excellent at measuring results and making sure the systems or projects run as smooth as possible. The flipside is that the Manager is typically not a high risk taker and thrives off of the security of the project or system that is being managed; therefore you will seldom find a Manager developing new projects from scratch. The Manager will typically recruit a Builder for that purpose.
Many people have both WPT’s however one is more dominant than the other. If you begin to notice some of your work habits or the habits of others you will be able to tell which WPT is the dominant one.
When you look at many businesses today, such as Google, that were started by entrepreneurs, the successful entrepreneurs recruited Manager’s to run their businesses or Managers teamed up with Builders to develop a businesses.
Take notice of your WPT or the WPT’s of your team. Ask yourself these questions;
- What is my WPT?
- What are the WPT’s of the people on my team?
- Are the tasks that are expected to be completed fit my or my team members WPT’s?
- At what point should I team up with my same WPT or the opposite WPT to complete a project?
These are the basics to get the ball rolling. I would love to read about what you find out in your research. Please fill free to post your results.