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
  • Security
  • 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

What helps:

  • 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.

4 Responses to Part 3 of 4 – How Do I Bring out the Best in my “Steady Eddy” Particularly when the Pressure Is On

  • Julie,

    A member of my leadership team is a steady eddy.

    It’s amazing how much better he performs when I prepare him. He needs heads up. He doesn’t like being put on the spot. But give him some time and he is great.

    Additionally, he is a stabilizing influence on the more emotional types on the team.

    Your readers might enjoy a blog I wrote… “Go with Average Joe.”
    http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/go-with-average-joe/

    Here’s to the steady folks,

    Leadership Freak
    Dan Rockwell

    • Hi Dan

      Yes, perhaps every team should have a Steady Eddy. I agree that they bring much needed stability plus they focus on how people are working together as well as getting the job done. Real team players.

      Thanks for the link to your related blog post which I’ll hop over to right now. I already know it’ll be another cracking article. You never disappoint!

  • Good article and good principles for change of any sort with any type of person.

    Whiz kids, loud mouths, pressure and panic merchants usually don’t serve a business well even when swift action is required.

    I’d rather have a plodder progressing towards the right objectives than a someone annoying everyone and pulling the project in a wrong direction.

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