This is a question often asked at job interviews, but when was the last time you stopped and thought about it? With technology and other changes impacting on the way we work, now is a good time to think about it.
A person’s working style is the way they prefer to work: how they approach a task and interact with people, how they deal with challenges, and prioritise tasks and objectives. It’s a crucial piece of self-awareness that can help guide you through your career decisions, everyday workplace decisions and learning opportunities.
Here are ten questions that I use as part of my end of year reflections:
- Which have I enjoyed most this year – working in a group or alone?
- Which have I sought most this year – direction or autonomy?
- Have I been more of a leader or a follower this year?
- How well have I coped with pressure and stress this year?
- How comfortable have I been taking risks this year?
- How organised have I been this year?
- How did I learn best this year?
- Which did I trust the most this year – my head (facts) or my heart (feelings)?
- How organised has my desk been this year and what did it say about me?
- Which did I prefer this year – creating, shaping or doing?
Answering these questions help me to take stock each year. The answers reflect not only what is happening at Exponential Training and the market for our services, but also how I have changed. I use my answers to better understand my strengths and areas for development, and to help me decide how to approach the challenges facing Exponential Training in the New Year.
Last year’s analysis made me appreciate that I needed to be more resilient and more prepared to take risks. It resulted in me making more long-term plans for Exponential and investing in systemising using technology to save time.
It also gave me a new insight into how to communicate with Exponential Training project partners. It made me think about the many different influences on effective communication and the impact of different cultures and styles of working. As a result, I believe I am now a stronger project team member on our European projects such as TeamMate360 and Your Business Success.
This New Year, I recommend that you take time to answer the ten questions. Your answers will give you a deep understanding of your working style and a clearer idea of which role you play in your team, where you fit best and what possibilities are out there for you in the future. Make this an annual ritual moving it from a one-off exercise, into a personal development ongoing process.
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