I admit that I am not much a sports fan, but I do know a thing or two about hockey. I haven’t played in a long time, but I still tend to use the phrase “hat trick” from time to time in other settings. For me, this week, it means that I had the opportunity to present The Power of Personalities three days in a row!
Tuesday, I gave the opening keynote at the North Valleys High School Staff & Faculty In-service training. It was so fun to be able to teach about personalities and how teachers can apply this information in their classrooms.
Wednesday and Thursday nights I presented to two different local Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS International) groups in town. Wednesday I was at Covenant Presbyterian Church and Thursday at The Bridge. Again, the same basic message – people are different because God made us that way – but this time the focus was applying what we learn about personalities to our family life. Such fun!
I was challenged to put the essence of what I share in my trainings into a concise, memorable phrase. This is what came up with. What do you think? Does this adequately capture the motivation behind learning about personalities?
Q: When assigning people to work together on a project, should I be aware of any potential conflicts between types? Should I match or try to get certain combinations of types? Does group size matter to some types? Which ones are more productive alone?
A: There are always variables like secondary personality types, level of maturity and professionalism, but here my general answers on this subject. Most Blues prefer to work alone. Reds are okay with a group as long as they are in charge and everyone is doing what they are “supposed” to be doing. Yellows love teamwork, but make sure they have someone on the time to help them stay focused. Greens tend to like group projects too but be sure they have someone to help keep them motivated and they don’t procrastinate too much.
I also think that in general, Yellows, Blues and Greens will tend to gravitate toward people of their same type because they will tend to approach a task or situation the same way. Reds are more likely to butt heads with other Reds unless they really are on the same page as to how the project should be handled.
My advice is to keep groups fairly small and have one similar type for bonding, and an opposite type for balance.