Communication Styles

Communication Styles

There are five distinct communication styles which you’ll see in the workplace.

  • Creators generate new ideas and concepts, and are generally “big picture” people. Some might call them “visionaries.” Generally, they’re not detail-oriented, and may become frustrated when they have to “sweat the small stuff.”
  • Advancers take the ideas generated by the Creators and carry them forward. They add depth and breadth to a vision or concept.  They build action items and apply boundaries to focus or target a project. They’re also great HR people, since they tend to focus on and facilitate human relationships.
  • Refiners analyze ideas and processes for flaws, and are the executors of the ideas put forth by the Creators. They’re generally detail-oriented, and don’t like to work without definitive guidelines in place. Without a clear direction, they often focus too much on the details, and can lose sight of the goal.
  • Executors deliver results. They’re the people who finish what the Creators start. They’re great with wrapping up the final details or organizing multiple areas of a project, and are usually practical and pragmatic. They’re also the people who pay attention to the bottom line.
  • Flexors are those people who fit comfortably into one or more of the styles described above. They’re flexible (as their title implies) and can shift easily between roles when needed. They also tend to get a bit bored when they’re asked to perform the same task over and over.

The theory of communications styles presented above comes from the DISC Profile Assessment I use when working with my clients. To see a sample of this assessment, click here to contact me.

Based on the descriptions above, can you tell what type you are? How do your strengths help you in your professional life? How can you use your knowledge of your type—and the types of others—to help you become a more effective networker (or Netweaver, if you read that article) and build connections that support your goals?

Often, when we dislike a job, it’s because that job is not suited to our particular communication style. For example, a Creator may feel stifled in a field like accounting, which requires attention to detail and adherence to established guidelines, while a Refiner might shine in the same position. On the other hand, the Creator may be much more comfortable in a field like venture capitalism, which requires “big” thinking and risk-taking. If you’re unhappy in your current position, ask yourself if what you’re doing is suited to your communication style.  If not, ask yourself how you can modify your job structure so that it suits your style. If you’re looking for a new job, focus on fields and positions that play to your strengths.

A diversity of communication styles gives any team a winning edge, since everyone can utilize their strengths to move the project forward.  If you’re interested in having your team assessed, or in learning more about your personal communication style, you can click here

As a certified professional coach, radio show host and workshop leader, Dawn helps sales, marketing, advertising and creative entrepreneurs to accelerate their career so they’ll love their life!

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