Working styles: Leveraging our differences for success


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Presentation by Kia Mou and Sarah Gleason, Side by Side Associates, to Minnesota Literacy Council AmeriCorps VISTA members and site supervisors 10/05/12

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Working styles: Leveraging our differences for success

  1. 1. Working StylesLeveraging Our Differences For Success Kia Moua & Sarah Gleason Side by Side Associates October 5, 2012
  2. 2. Agenda Opening & Table Introductions Working Styles Framework: Introducing the Animals Strengths & Needs: The Animals Speak Working Styles at Work: Colleague Huddle Working Styles and Success: Supervisory Pairs Closing
  3. 3. ObjectivesWe hope that you will: Better understand your own and others’ working styles and how they impact your work team Have a framework for applying an understanding of working styles to potential conflicts and other situations in your work place
  4. 4. Table IntroductionsWhich animal resonates with you most and why?
  5. 5. Working Styles What’s your preferred style? What are your colleagues’ preferred styles? What difference does it make? How can you work most successfully together?
  6. 6. The Monkeycan • Innovative, creative and sees the big picture • Very idea oriented, focuses on future • Risk-taker, adventurous, spontaneous• Has insight into mission and purpose• Looks for overarching themes and ideas• Appreciates a lot of information• Strong spiritual awareness, free spirited, unconventional• Likes to experiment and explore• Value words: "Option" "Possibility"
  7. 7. The Owl • Moves carefully; follows procedures and guidelines • Uses data to make logical and analytical decisions• Weighs all sides of an issue, self-analytical, focused, • Introspective, balanced• Seen as practical, dependable, and thorough reserved• Provides planning and resources to others• Works well with existing resources• Skilled at finding the fatal flaw in an idea or project• Value words: "Objective" "Organized"
  8. 8. The Golden Retriever • Friendly, likeable, team player • Allows others to feel important • Supportive, nurturing and caring towards colleagues• Willing to trust others statements at face value• Feelings-based, trusts own emotions and intuition as truth• Able to focus on the present moment• Process-centered• Generous, non-competitive, likes to build on the ideas of o• Value words: "Right" and "Fair"
  9. 9. The Lion • Assertive, Active, Decisive • Likes to be in control • Quick to act, expresses urgency for others to act quickly also• Enjoys challenging people and situations• Likes a quick pace and the fast track• Courageous, ambitious, and confident• Goal-centered and perserveres• Hardworking leader who is comfortable being in front• Value words - "Do it now!" "Ill do it."
  10. 10. Move toward your preferred style
  11. 11. Thinking from your identifiedstyle:What do you bring to a team? What are the strengths of your style? What do you contribute?What do you need from others? How can people who don’t share your style work most effectively with you? What do you need from them?Brainstorm answers to these two questions in your group.Chart your answers. Choose a group spokesperson.
  12. 12. Move into colleague ‘huddles’Discuss these questions with your colleague(s): Where do you see these working styles at work? What has been the impact—on your team, your project, your success?
  13. 13. Move into supervisory pairsDiscuss these questions: How have your styles impacted the development of your working relationship? How have your working styles impacted your progress toward your goals?
  14. 14. Thank You!All the best to each of you throughout your year of serving as a VISTA member or supervisor!We invite you to check out the upcoming Overcoming Racism conference, November 16 & 17 at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul: Sarah Gleason & Kia Moua Side by Side Associates