Part 3 of 4 – How Do I Bring out the Best in my “Steady Eddy” Particularly when the Pressure Is On
Who do you know who is patient, steady, loyal and a good team worker? They co-ordinate their work well with others and you know they will complete their tasks in a systematic and methodical way. They develop good work habits and you know you can depend on them to help and to serve others? The down side is that their need for security and predictability may make it difficult to accept and adapt to unexpected and sudden change. They may get flustered when put under pressure to meet tight deadlines or to work at an unrealistic pace.
What they want:
- As little change as possible, and to know the reasons behind the change
- A harmonious life inside and outside of work
- People to be sincere and honest with them
- To be appreciated and recognised for their hard work
- To work with tried and trusted procedures
- Time to accept, and adjust to change
- Begin with a bit of social chat to break the ice.
- Present your case in a gentle, non-threatening way.
- Ask “how?” questions to draw out their views and opinions.
- Let them complete what they’ve started.
- Give an early warning about coming changes
- Provide tangible rewards
What doesn’t help:
- Rushing headlong into business.
- Being domineering or demanding.
- Forcing them to respond quickly to your objectives.
So if you have someone on your team that fits this description, after recognising their value in terms of reliability and consistency, consider what you can do to work more effectively with them from now on.