You have a deep understanding of your team members, more than anyone else. However, have you ever delved into the reasons behind their actions, what truly motivates them, or when do they perform at their peak?
When individuals are placed in roles that align with their unique talents, their energy, and passion have the power to ignite outstanding performance within themselves and inspire their colleagues to do the same. Dental team bliss is achieved!
Workplace Communication Styles
Understanding people’s fundamental communication styles and making minor adjustments to align with their style can have a significant long-term impact.
The following categories provide a general understanding of how individuals process information and respond.
It’s important to note that there may be overlaps in these styles depending on the specific circumstances.
- Personal communicators prioritize the emotions and feelings of others in their communication.
- Functional communicators place importance on the logical order and sequence of operations in their communication.
- Intuitive communicators tend to focus on the broader perspective and the big picture in their communication.
- Analytical communicators are primarily concerned with accuracy, facts, and details in their communication.
There was a newsletter published by Inc.com that discussed the different communication types and their influence on leadership.
I often recommend teams utilize a tool that helps uncover the strengths and communication styles of each team member. Throughout my experience in corporate and clinical settings, I have come across various assessment tools. However, the one that personally resonated with me the most was CliftonStrengths, previously known as StrengthsFinder.
Teamwork Multiplies Success
Throughout my 30-year career in dental hygiene, I have been fortunate to work in offices that have demonstrated exceptional success in the dental business realm. These experiences have allowed me to witness firsthand the power of practicing what we preach and fostering an “all-in” mindset among every team member.
I’m curious, how many of you have had similar experiences in your careers? It truly is an incredible feeling to know that you are making a meaningful contribution in such a significant way.
And let’s not forget, communication processes play a vital role in making all of this happen!
Feedback vs. Coaching
The younger generation has increasingly high expectations for ongoing coaching and mentorship in the workplace.
Traditional feedback tends to be focused on the past, dwelling on mistakes that have already occurred and cannot be changed. This type of feedback is typically one-directional and often leaves a negative impression. It primarily consists of managers providing feedback to their employees on an infrequent and isolated basis.
What is truly desired is a timely, open, and honest conversation that goes both ways, strengthening relationships instead of being a one-sided dialogue of criticism.
Coaching conversations, on the other hand, are collaborative and aim to find mutual solutions that leverage the team member’s strengths and potential for the future.
In many professional situations, the emotional factor plays a significant role in determining success. This includes how individuals feel after interacting with you and how the team feels about new initiatives or product implementations.
Consider adopting the role of a coach and mentor rather than simply being a boss. This shift in approach can lead to more positive and impactful relationships within the workplace.
Understanding the reasons behind your team members’ actions, their true motivations, and when they perform at their best is crucial for unlocking their full potential.
Utilizing tools like CliftonStrengths can help uncover individual strengths and communication styles within a team. This understanding can foster a collaborative and supportive environment where everyone can thrive.
Ultimately, success in the workplace is not solely based on technical skills but also emotional factors and the overall experience of individuals and the team. Embracing a coaching mindset and nurturing positive relationships can lead to a more fulfilling and impactful professional journey for everyone involved.
If you would like to learn more about customized team communication training, let’s connect.