This is part 4 of 4 in our series on Communication styles. Our focus on this video is on “Does” style of communicating.
As we have discussed in the previous three videos in this series, we all have a primary style of leading and communicating, which we use if given our preference. As I have mentioned previously, we often have a preference as to whether we do something with our right or left hand, but we have a go-to handedness that we lead with.
Styles are a preference and if given your choice, which style do you start out using? The problem arises when you think your style is the right one to use in all situations. NOT! We need to flex our style preference depending on who we are trying to communicate or influence and under what circumstances.
This might seem a bit complicated, but the first step is understanding which style you lead with and then learn more about how to flex with multiple styles.
Remember no style is better than any other style as each one has it’s advantages and challenges. You’ve most likely heard the expression; our strengths can sometimes be our greatest weakness? In terms of communication styles, an overused style, which is seen as one of your strengths may also be one of your greatest challenges.
Here are some examples of what I mean. An overused Envisioner style is too focused on imagining the future and not enough current reality check. An overused Analyzer style is too much analyzing and weighing the pros and cons and can sometimes be much too slow to act. The Feeler is one who is so concerned about the relationships, the people and their reactions, they tend to avoid conflict.
Here is the link to download the style survey if you missed it in previous emails. It will take you about 10 minutes to compete it and score it.
As a recap, in video #1, we introduced Envisioners, those who like to imagine the future. In video #2, we discussed Analyzers, those who like to solve problems and think logically. In video #3, talked about the Feeler, people who are motivated by relationships first and foremost. And finally, this final video in the series focuses on the Doer.
Doers are people who are driven by deadlines and results. Getting stuff done, execution, production, results. How much. How fast…that’s their motto and mode of operating. Want something done fast? Hire a doer to get it done. The downside of a Doer style is Ready. Fire. Oops Aim. There is often a mess to clean up behind the doer as they are moving so fast, they don’t care if the work requires a little clean up after the fact. They think it’s better to get something out the door, than be concerned with everybody being in agreement, or the deep analysis of the options.
I hope you have enjoyed this series on Communication.