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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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