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On all Cylinders by Ron Robinson

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CHAPTER 12

Flexibility

Each of us has our own style of performing tasks and working with people. Much research on behavioral styles has been conducted to assist us understand how to work more effectively with others. If we want to influence and motivate individuals and work groups, understanding how they prefer to get their work done can assist you tailor your style to theirs.

For example, I know a talented and experienced individual who was recruited to work for a prestigious IT firm. He performs best when given assignments and left alone to accomplish them. He complained his manager reviewed his work every day and instructed him on next steps to take. Six months later he left to join a startup company. He was uncomfortable being micromanaged ...

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