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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Working Modes

Knowing your working style and what role is best suited for your way of working is very important for every professional. Rather, I should say chosing a style that helps you do your preffered role effectively is  of greater importance. Well, as you aim to become a success manager, it becomes imperative that you know about your ability and your style. While you may pic-up any of n number of tools available on web, I would rather suggest to begin with the understanding of modes of working and observing yourself before you move on to any of the tools you may like to;

Note: most professionals (and I would say 99%) work in more then one mode, however their working is dominant by at-least one of these and that becomes their identity in the organization.

Working Modes:

Reactive mode: You delivery what is required and invariably spend most of your time doing the needful. You are always seen busy on your machine, responding to calls and having food at weird hours. You get lost in doing and seldom get time to plan. Usually good at fire fighting since you do this most of the time.

Proactive mode: You think ahead and spend good time in planning and preparations. Rarely surprised by situation you drive initiatives that helps organization attain their goal efficiently. You are preferred employee and most organization value your presence. Managerial material, your strengths are, good in planning and in identifying critical paths. 

Innovative mode: You do things differently. You are never worried about process and procedures, rather you are habitually a explorer busy finding newer ways and newer goals for yourself and your organization. You possess leadership qualities, self-motivated and success hungry individual. Companies will value you for your ability of taking them ahead of competition and creating edge in market place.

Injective mode: You are a trendsetter, self-believer, maybe arrogant, and you believe in creating habits in masses for your product. Mostly inspired by nature and colors you never try to predict future but you dream of future and build it as you see it. You are neither good at detailing nor you belong to corporate zoo, you believe in delivering, most likely you will end up starting (start-up).

So now observe your working mode closely. Know your professional goals. You may then want to bring in changes in adopting modes that will help your build your style.

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  1. Excellent. The first 3 modes are on the intuitive side. The fourth one caught me off guard. As you have mentioned, I feel that people are in a combination of these modes and will be in different modes when doing different things.

  2. True. and more often we do not even realize what mode we are working in. Its imperative to know your mode of working.

    Thanks Samps for your comment.