- Cool Blue Cautious, precise, deliberate, questioning and formal;
- Earth Green Caring, encouraging, sharing, patient and relaxed;
- Sunshine Yellow Sociable, dynamic, demonstrative, enthusiastic and persuasive; and
- Fiery Red Competitive, demanding, determined, strong-willed and purposeful.
- Be well prepared and thorough;
- Put things in writing; and
- Let them consider all the details.
- Be overly emotional or casual with important issues;
- Keep changing things without good reason; or
- Answer questions vaguely.
- Be patient and supportive;
- Work at their pace; and
- Ask for their opinions and give them time to answer.
- Take advantage of their good nature;
- Push them to make quick decisions; or
- Spring last-minute surprises on them.
- Be friendly and sociable;
- Be entertaining and stimulating; and
- Be open and flexible.
- Tie them down with routine;
- Ask them to work alone; or
- Bore them with details.
DoSuccessfully interacting with others requires a little give and take. However, according to OfficeTeam's corresponding survey of 3,249 administrative professionals in the United States and Canada, support staff are doing more of the bending. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they make a strong effort to adapt to their manager's work style, while the majority indicated that their supervisor only adjusts "somewhat" to their preferences. Approximately 14 percent said their managers don't adjust to their style at all. Related 7 Basic Styles of Workplace Behavior How to Build and Motivate a Team Mediating Employee Conflict Don't Let Squabbling Ruin Your Team's Performance Resources Your Work Style in Color: A Colorful Approach to Working Relationships (free download) OfficeTeam (Robert Half International), April 2011 Different Strokes for Different Folks OfficeTeam (Robert Half International), April 5, 2011
- Be direct and to the point;
- Focus on results and objectives; and
- Be confident and assertive.
- Be hesitant or wordy;
- Focus on feelings; or
- Try to take over.