Posted by: wellness training services | October 2, 2012

Time Management – Part 3 – Professional Development Topics

Taking A Step – Time Management – Part 3 – Professional Development Topics    

The push/pull of the race against time

by Danielle Gault

Productivity and efficiency

Sensing-dominant people believe that efficiency is centred around the present tense and the specifics of what needs to be done. They sometimes need to be reminded that there’s more to productivity than dealing with just the details. Intuitive-dominant people, however, look at productivity and efficiency by focusing on the future and the implications of what else is possible in getting the job done. They sometimes need to be reminded to focus on the details as well as relating activities to the whole picture in the future.

In order to get the best results, teams need to focus on the forest (intuitive, big picture) as well as the trees (sensing, de­tails). In doing this, we can maintain and build positive feelings about each others’ styles. The by-product can be increased levels of trust and team morale.

People differences are often evidenced in decision making processes. The dominant Thinker, who tends to make objective decisions, may view the dominant Feeler, who tends to make subjective decisions, as too touchy-feely. Feeling decision makers may see Think­ing decision makers as too cold when they interact and make decisions with others.

Thinker-dominant people tend to get along better with other Thinkers. while Feeler-dominant people have an easier time than Thinkers getting along with both types. This may be because they look for and read others’ processes more often in their attempts to get along and create harmony.

Both Thinker-dominant and Feeler-dominant people have a challenge around workplace competency. Think­ing-dominant people have ever-increasi­ng expectations about workplace com­petence and want to be viewed by others as very competent. Feeling types, how­ever, take others into consideration — their growth and personal requirements— when working together. They want to make people feel good about their work. Competency, although also important to Feeling types, is secondary because they are able to delay immediate results for long-term personal developmental results.

When we interpret other peo­ples’ expressions based on our own requirements, we can af­fect team productivity by di­minishing trust and morale. But if the tension of opposites is the essence of life, then the quest ion has to he asked: “How can we use this pull of opposites to create a win-win model for dealing with work­place productivity while under time constraints?” Because when time-based constraints step in, rela­tionship management often goes out the window.

How can understanding your preferences help you in your time management strategies?

Stay awake, aware, and alert and strive to lead a well-tempered life – a life that possesses both hardiness and flexibility.  The good news is that once you are awake, it’s hard to go to sleep again, but if you do, do it on purpose and prepare yourself for the consequences.

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