Memes & The Ladder LO7268

Michael Erickson (
Tue, 7 May 1996 06:59:56 -0700

Replying to LO7210 --

Re: Variety in thinking styles in teams...

Reponding to Chris Michels'post...

I agree with you about recognizing the differences being the key to
productivity in a teaming situation. Conversly, getting stuck on the
differences between how "I" think versus how "you" think can become an
obstical. I once worked with an individual who strongly resisted working
on teams composed of certain of the meyers/briggs personality types
because she claimed she was not able to freely do what she did best.

Being more of the "right brain" orientation myself, I find others reacting
to me, which requires me to be as patient as possible and requires I
stretch as far as possible to think "their way", which then encourages
them to consider the possibility of trying to view things my way. I do
find certain thinking styles to be utterly baffling, but I have a rule of
thumb which says:
"just because it's hard, does not make it bad".
If anything, the discipline of thinking outside my familiar boundaries
benefits me-which I realize isn't the point of the work we are trying to
do, but it does permit a strong element of personal growth to be had from
my daily work and gives me a secondary reason (other than wages) to be


-- (Michael Erickson)

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