Letting Go: Does Your Personality Inhibit Corporate Change?
Solution Focus coaching works for almost every office personality type. This makes it an ideal coaching methodology for managers seeking to make some changes. From drama queens to wallflowers, there’s a Solution Focus ‘better question’ to help break through those defenses.
Working smoothly together for a greater good is generally the ideal vision of any office, but this doesn’t always happen easily. In a typical office you may encounter a host of different characters that don’t always see eye to eye. Clashing egos and a lack of accountability often hampers progress and positive changes in office environments. People fixate on their problems and lose sight of the valuable solutions that are within their reach. Solution Focus coaching is designed to help people move past their problems and inhibitions and go after useful solutions.
Though no one is an exact archetype, there are common personality types to be found in most offices. These personalities fall under two categories of attitude — assertive and passive.
Within assertive personality types you may find:
- The Combative Type (knows what they want and expects to get it, self-involved, potentially arrogant)
- The Pragmatist (knows what they want, wants to assist others get what they want too)
Within passive personality types you may find:
- Risk Averse Type (may want change but fears change, hindered by fear of making mistakes)
- Friendly Type (knows what they want but doesn’t want to impose on others)
In a dream world, everyone at the table would be a Pragmatist. This personality type acknowledges that change is needed, has a clear sense of their own goals and wants to help others determine goals. They are the ultimate helpful, empathetic and assertive counterparts in a session. In a more challenging session, the group would be made up of Combatives and Risk Averse types. These two types are not empathetic and have a more difficult time coming to any kind of corporate compromise because they put their own desires and fears before the good of the group at large.
People are not cookie cut outs and their personalities easily shift in a Solution Focus coaching session. A Friendly type may reveal a Risk Averse trait, a Risk Averse type may become Combative and so forth. Luckily, Solution Focus coaching works with all of these character types — the coach simply adapts to whatever traits come out at the table.
So how does a Solution Focus coach handle so many different personalities divided over common issues? Simply by asking ‘better questions’ that steer the group towards meaningful solutions. Everyone already knows what needs to happen, they just need to stop fixating on their problems and dig deeper to find the best solutions. Once successful outcomes are identified through better questions, the group can begin the set aside their differences and grievances and determine the necessary steps to achieve that outcome.