Working with people who have different thinking preferences can block collaboration. Or boost it.
Creative blocks? Could be a preference thing
Having trouble working with someone? Their FourSight thinking preferences could be at the root of the problem. People with different thinking preferences often find each other baffling, off-putting, even infuriating. We can't understand their approach to problems or their decision making process. We can't imagine why they focus their time and energy the way they do. What could these people possibly be thinking?!? FourSight may help us figure that out. Becoming aware of different thinking preferences can help us make sense of people's problem-solving behavior. Once we understand how Clarifiers, Ideators, Developers and Implementers naturally react, we can anticipate what they'll do. And we can appreciate what they contribute. So awareness is the first step. The second step is a little harder. It goes beyond awareness and calls for active participation. If we want to collaborate with different thinking preferences, we need to learn what makes them tick. We can explore what they need in order to feel engaged, make decisions and move forward. Then we can give them what they need. This is the key to great collaboration. So many FourSight fans asked for this information that we recently added a page to our “FourSight Thinking Profile Interpretive Guide” that explains how to collaborate effectively. Here's a copy for you.
Communicating Across FourSight Preferences
Now that you understand how thinking preferences work, learn to leverage them to bring everyone's best thinking to the table. Here are some specific suggestions for communicating with people according to their preferences.