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Enjoying More Flow – The Steel

Which stress personality are you?This is the last in the series of articles which explore your personality profile to help you understand how you can enjoy more flow and less stress in your day to day life.  As this is the last article, I will also use it to serve as a summary.

What is flow?

First of all flow can be considered as that feeling where you are at your best, highly motivated, focused and productive.  Work feels like fun.  Like a top athlete, you are ‘in the zone’.

The biggest secret to having more flow

There are many ways you can be more productive.  But to have more flow, the best approach is to play to your strengths.

We can pretty much put our minds to anything we want to, but, if we are doing something which is not a natural strength to us, it takes a lot of thought and effort.  It is more stressful and you are likely to be prone to more mistakes.  Not only that, it is less likely you will enjoy it.

The Steel

In previous articles we have explored the profile of the Dynamo, The Blaze and The Tempo.  Today it is the turn of The Steel.  A Steel is very comfortable with analysis and will be great with detail.  They tend to see things in absolutes – there is a right and a wrong answer.  In this way they are likely to make great accountants or book-keepers.  They are also likely to think in terms of consequences  more than opportunities so, while this can be frustrating to those who like to rush ahead with a new idea, they are an important balance, making sure the I’s are dotted and the T’s crossed.  They tend not to indulge in small-talk but prefer getting on with the task, great with detail but not always seeing the big picture.  They enjoy predictability and so a fast-changing, ambiguous environment can be a challenge for them.  Does this sound like you?  Or anyone you know?

The profiles in summary

Each profile has its strengths and corresponding weaknesses.  Remember that just because something is not a strength for you, doesn’t mean you can’t do it.  You just need to work harder at it.  By understanding your strengths and playing to them as much as possible in your day to day life, you can enjoy more flow.

Profile Strengths Challenges Tips
 

Dynamo

Strategy

Creativity

Goal achievement

Impatience

Can be blunt

Detail

Keep focused on main priorities and avoid too many projects at once
Recognise that not everyone can work at your speed
Work with detail people to implement your plans
Learn how to use the language of influence to communicate with the other profiles 
 

Blaze

Great with people

Communication

Variety

 

Time management

Can be disorganised

Can take a while to get to the point

 

Balance people-focus with the task you need to achieve

Set clear timelines and stick to them

 

 

Tempo

Working with systems

Analysis and detail

Implementation

Team needs

Conceptual ideas

Don’t like to be rushed

 

Work as a great support to an ideas person

Understand how your role fits into the big picture

 

 

Steel

Detailed work

Analysis

Spotting problems

 

Uncertainty

Ambiguity

Can appear negative

 

Learn to see the positives of a situation

Learn how to speak the language of the Blaze and Dynamo so you have stronger influence*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obviously this is a simplistic view and there are many variables of these profiles.  We are all different.  However, hopefully you have found something to help you identify your own strengths and challenges and how to work with them better.  If you would like a more personalised insight into your profile, do feel free to call me.  I can be reached on 0845 130 0854.

To your continued success.

*For more information call me as this could make a huge difference in your work and your flow

© Tricia Woolfrey 2015

 

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Enjoying More Flow – The Tempo

Which stress personlality are you?Welcome to the third in the series of how to enjoy more flow in your day to day life.  What does this mean?  When you are in your flow, you are motivated, energised, you are productive and everything seems easy to you.  The key to enjoying this is to play to your strengths as much as you possibly can.

One way of understanding your strengths is to have a profile done.  Talent Dynamics is one of several that I use and it has four main types.  Today we will look at the third type – what is called The Tempo.  But it isn’t the name that’s important, it’s the characteristics.

Of course at work it is rarely possible to have a job which only plays to your strengths.  In reality, most people find that there are parts of their job that fits you so perfectly.  It is far more likely that there are elements of your job that you dread, that may take a lot of mental energy and that take you longer to do than you think it should.  But by doing a job which plays mostly to your strengths, and managing your time so your day is not affected too much by the other tasks, you will notice your productivity increases.

So, let’s look at these strengths for the Tempo:  you are likely to be great with systems that are proven to work well.  Also good with analysis and detail you are likely to prefer working at a steady pace than being rushed into something which is not clear.  Implementation is probably something you are good at which means you would be a great support to the ideas person.  You love to have a sense of connection so working with people is likely to be important to you, as is a sense of harmony in teams.  You will probably be good at knowing how people are in the team and will want to make sure everyone is happy.  A negative environment might affect you more than the other profiles.

Because you are good with detail and dealing with the here and now, it is likely that you will not be so comfortable working conceptually.

It is worth reinforcing that just because something isn’t a strength, doesn’t mean you can’t do it.  What it does mean is that it will take a lot more focus and energy for you.  A useful tip is to set a time of day for those things when you have extra energy and focus.  It won’t seem so difficult.  It is also useful to limit the amount of time you spend on them and sandwich them in between jobs you find more enjoyable.  This keeps your energy levels high.

There is just one more profile to go in this series.  If you would like to understand your strengths better, why not call for an assessment?  I can be reached on 0845 130 0854.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2015

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Enjoying More Flow – The Blaze

Which stress personality are you?So far in this series, we have looked at what flow means and we have looked at the profile of the Dynamo.  Today we are going to focus on The Blaze and what they need to do to enjoy more flow in their work life.

One of the main factors in enjoying more flow is to really understand your strengths and how to play to them.  So, as you read this article, do consider whether this profile describes you and what you need to do to create more flow.  There is no ‘best’ profile as each brings its own strengths and challenges.  By becoming more aware of what you bring to each activity and how to leverage these, you can enjoy more flow, less stress and more productivity.

It does not mean that if something is not a strength for you then you are doomed to fail in that category.  It does mean you need to be uber-conscious of what you are doing, why and how, to make sure you are being as effective as possible.  It will not flow in the same way as a natural strength, but you can become competent.  So, if you don’t identify with this profile, you might want to consider how the lack of the strengths of this profile could benefit you in your working life and how you might be able to develop some of that.

So, what is a Blaze?  The strongest characteristic of the Blaze is their sociability.  They love people and so relationships are extremely important to them.  They will be less task-focused than the Dynamo we discussed last time so may be perceived as being disorganised.  They are big communicators but this can mean that they may take a long time to get to the point which can be frustrating for those on a deadline.  They are warm people, very outgoing and enjoy excitement and variety.

However, because they will be focused on people more than tasks, it will be a challenge for them to keep to timelines.  They are at their best in a role where relationship building is important.

If you are a Blaze, in order to make those relationships work for you, do be clear about the outcome you want to achieve and keep that in your mind’s eye.  Relationships are enjoyable but at work they also need to be productive.  Never let them get in the way of you achieving business results too.  Hone your skills so that you become a strong influencer and negotiator.  Winning the hearts and minds of people is a key skill in the context of business, as long as you remember what you want to achieve.

In the next of this series of blogs I will be writing about The Tempo.  If you would like to have a profile so you can really understand yours better sooner, do contact me on 0845 130 0854.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2015

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How to Enjoy More Flow and Less Stress

What is flow?  It is that sense of being in the zone, where everything seems easy.  You feel empowered and in control.  You have more flow when you are playing to your strengths, because your strengths tend to be what you enjoy.

Having more flow is to experience more motivation, more energy and more fun in your work.  You are able to navigate challenging situations more easily because you have a foundation of inner resourcefulness to support you.

You make fewer mistakes too because your concentration improves.

This all means you are less stressed and more productive.

Like a top athlete in the zone, you are super-focused, super-motivated and you perform at your best.

So, what can you do to experience more flow?  Here are my tips to help you:

  1. Be clear about what you are doing and why – clarity is a prime component.
  2. Understand your priorities and avoid the trap of allowing those unimportant tasks to derail you.
  3. Make sure you are working in an environment which is free from clutter.
  4. Rid yourself of distractions – if necessary, when working on an important project, take yourself off to somewhere quiet where you won’t be interrupted.
  5. Keep your inbox clean – clear out old emails and create a filing system for ones you need to keep.  Only do emails at specific points in the day – that constant ‘ping’ is a distractor.
  6. Only say ‘yes’ to things you want to do and that you can commit to.
  7. Know your strengths and do work which requires them 75% of the time.
  8. Be aware of your weaknesses and either delegate work accordingly, or do those tasks first thing in the morning so you get them out of the way and can focus on what you really enjoy.  Alternatively, if the tasks seem too large, break them down into manageable pieces.

This is the first in a series of blogs I will be writing about being more productive and working to your strengths.  If you would like to have a profile so you can really understand yours better sooner, do contact me on 0345 130 0854.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2015

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