I’m a PhD working on my thesis on how different types of intelligence can be used in the workplace to leverage performance. First of all, thank you for all the great info you provide on your site! I am sure I recall seeing something on the same topic on your site, so I thought of sending your way this infographic: (infographic below.) Maybe you can somehow use it for your work. I would definitely appreciate any take you would have on the subject.
I’m glad to hear I’ve been useful to you in your studies. It must be very interesting and fulfilling work to bring out the best in people and organizations. It’s some of my favourite work to do—going into a company with an unmanaged culture and help them find and make the most beneficial use of the natural skills and talents and dispositions of their people. That never gets tired. Good for you.
I often marvel at how companies can think they have a problem when really they have good people doing things that don’t suit how they work. Right from the hiring process, how someone sees the world should be recognized and taken into account. If every athletic activity the person engages in is a solo sport then they’re not likely to be the outgoing gregarious type and they’ll probably do better working quietly away on something in their own corner where they’re not bothered. Likewise the people who are Captains of the teams they’re on will naturally display leadership qualities based on that life experience.
It’s funny that you wrote when you did because someone just recently asked me if there were groups of patterns that people fell into. Now of course any definitions are ego-based judgments and where those lines are is entirely arbitrary and up to the desires of the border-placer, but I understood her point. She wondered if we deal on a daily basis with tribes of people who think similarly enough that it’s worthwhile to recognize what sort of person you’re dealing with and then respond accordingly—and the answer is yes.
I guessed at about 9 tribes—I see this infographic comes up with 8. I’m not big on counting or ordering things, but it doesn’t matter how many I see. You don’t want where my borders are, you want your own understanding. You want to see these people clearly. It’s not hard. You simply have to quiet yourself and what remains is the truth. Without your personal judgments people are simply as they are. So then it’s like being on a river. You don’t use the same paddling strategy in the rapids that you use on the flats. Not because one is wrong and the other is right, it’s because one is appropriate and one is not.
People would do well to better-appreciate the ways in which others can successfully Be. Everyone can make contributions to our lives. We have to stop wanting people to do what we would do and we have to become open and learn from the way we wouldn’t do it—because the only way you can grow is to take in information that you don’t already have.
Discover your own wonders. And see them in others too. Everyone should stop looking for what they don’t like or agree with and start looking for what they don’t understand and then try to understand it. Because the best way to work with anyone is to understand them, no matter who you are.
Thanks for the question.
Following a serious childhood brain injury Scott McPherson unwittingly spent his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and the self. This made him as strange to others as they were to him. Seeing the self-harm people created with their own overthinking, Scott dedicated part of his life to helping others live with greater awareness. He is currently a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB, where he finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.