How Personality Helps & Hinders; Part-5, Team Conflict

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 10:55
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Do certain team members seem to naturally conflict with others?  Do you seem to naturally conflict with certain team members?  Does this conflict increase on hectic treatment days?  Does this conflict increase when team members are doing poorly in their positions?  If so, maybe this pearl can help reduce that conflict.


Human personality; a synopsis:

Refer to the management pearl “How Personality Helps or Hinders: Part-1, Director Style” for a fuller understanding of human personality.

Human personality is our emotional and rational reactions to our sensory input to help us to physically and socially survive.  Our personality is genetically structured at birth (nature) and modified throughout life by our memories (nurture).

We have four emotional/rational reaction pairs: anger-director, fear-analyzer, joy-socializer and sorrow-relator.

The emotions triggers its rational style to react to the situation based on past memories.

Each emotion/style is strong, moderate or weak based on daily usage; we only have one strongest emotion.

Each style has its obvious attributes (motivations, attitudes and pace).  That's why the director and relator styles are opposite and the analyzer and socializer styles are opposite.

A style is either people- or task-oriented and we can only concentrate on one or the other, never both.

The relator and socializer styles are people-oriented and the director and analyzer styles are task-oriented.


This final section on how personality helps and hinders your practice success is based on the conflicting motivations, attitudes, pace and people or task orientation of the rational styles—especially the opposite styles.  The director and relator styles are totally opposite and the analyzer and socializer styles are totally opposite. 

We have already discussed the preferred strong, moderate and weak strengths of all four styles for each position in the practice.  But that was position-related; natural team conflict crosses all positions.  This natural conflict is similar to the conflict you have with your various family members and your friends.

Refer to the attached PDF to better understand this natural conflict and how to reduce it.







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