This morning has been one of those catch up mornings; a morning where you get up to speed with all your paperwork, invoicing, banking and so on.
My ultimate nightmare.
Why? Because I am a low ‘S’ and a low ‘C’.
What do I mean by this?
The Thomas International PPA, one of the main tools that we use at Sport and Beyond, provides an indication of your behaviour at work. We use this tool in all three areas of our work: sport, relaunch and leadership. The PPA measures four factors, Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance. For those with Steadiness ‘above the line’, ie as a working strength, attributes include being methodical, persistent and thorough. Those with Steadiness below the line, ie as a support factor, tend to be restless, active and mobile, and like juggling many different tasks at the same time.
For those with Compliance above the line, attributes include being careful, systematic, precise and logical. Those with Compliance below the line tend to be firm, independent and strong-willed, and prefer to do things their own way.
The result? I am not ideally suited to paperwork and being systematic!
But, and this is a big ‘but’, knowing that is a massive help. By understanding my working behaviours, and realising where my natural strengths lie, I can deal with the fact that I am usually in too much of a rush, and not generally as careful and systematic as I should be. It means that I have developed and devised techniques to ensure that I work round the problem. Such as diarising a regular catch up morning.
It also means that my team are aware of my propensitites in this area. Luckily, I am a fairly high ‘D:, meaning that when I do decide to put my mind to something, I make sure it gets done!