“We therefore propose that just as team members today have assigned doing roles, there should also be thinking roles. By knowing how other members of your team and organization think — and by others knowing how you think — everyone can be more energized, more engaged, more creative, and more productive.” — Harvard Business Review “ What Kind of Thinker are You?“
Kudos to Marc Resnick of Ergonomics in Design for the heads-up on this intriguing article.
Marc passed away recently. His insightful comments will be missed.
Let’s frame it
The two dimensions of macro and micro Orientation (big picture / details) and Focus (Ideas / Process / Action / Relationships) in a collaborative environment:
Big Picture Focus:
- Ideas: The Explorer
- Process: The Planner
- Action: The Energizer
- Relationships: The Connector
- Ideas: The Expert
- Process: The Optimizer
- Action: The Producer
- Relationships: The Coach
“Once you know your style, it helps to share it with others, and have others share theirs with you.”
In this way, your thinking style becomes a useful tool — a kind of social currency — for the team.
The observations – and conclusions – in this article resonated with me. So I’d like to share them, in hopes that this will help spur thoughtful discussion. By the way, another Harvard Business Review article – on social currency – is also worth checking out.
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