We should all have the ability to understand someone else’s perspective. In whichever capacity it may be, we must be aware of the reasons for someone’s actions, whether they be justified or not. The purpose is to simply make educated thoughts and statements, because quite frankly, we as a society do not always agree on everything. But that is not necessarily a bad thing, however, when we come up with conclusions, while not taking the appropriate measures to understand the other side, then it becomes troublesome. In the business world, we have encountered many different personalities, and for simplification measures we have labeled someone’s ability to make conclusions (while fully educating themselves on opposing views) by the following four types:
The Four Types:
1. The Logically Ambitious and Humble Doer: They are genuine and educated, but prudent in their approach. They make productive strategies and decisions by efficiently and effectively looking at all the variables and factors, while ensuring best practices. They take their time to listen to as many perspectives. When initiative and innovation is needed, they would leverage the best resources and capabilities they have to make the most sustainable decision. Most importantly, they give credit to everyone when successful, but blame themselves if not.
2. The Good Natured Aggressor: They are genuine, but are rash. They are brilliant, but they often fail to optimize productivity, by trying to be too efficient where they would deleverage there resources and capabilities. That sometimes leads to not selecting the most sustainable solution. They would listen to other individuals, but would mostly favor his “self-starting” ideas. They give credit to everyone when successful, but also believe that failure is shared.
3. The Modest Follower: They are sincere and loyal. They would share their ideas if they are only asked, but defer to others, even if their solution is more sustainable. They often avert to more systematic processes. They are accountable, but often are boxed in their routine. They are very intelligent people, but with that said, they are timid. They stay under the radar to not provoke anyone.
4. The Diva: They are ingratiating in speech and individualistic. They may seem “sincere” and “respectful” at times, but they always seek short term gains. They take all the praise for successes, and blame others when things go wrong. They would never take the initiative to listen to other perspectives, and effectively, be stubborn by staying close minded on theirs.
In the business world, debating over strategies, agreements, or even compliance occurs daily, monthly, and annually. The degree of each varies globally and even domestically, however, it is ubiquitous. Therefore, we like to simplify very difficult ideas by logically breaking down the elements. We believe that in order to conceptually make the best strategy, you must force yourself to just understand the opposing viewpoints. You individually may still disagree, but by you allowing yourself to be open minded, you create value by sustaining healthy interpersonal practices. And educating yourself now may allow you to promote innovation in the future.