People Are Different

June 1, 2022 –

People who say, “I would like to know that person better,” “I wish I understood my coworkers,” or “I would be more confident if I was a member of that group,” have the motivation to build stronger relationships.

To build strong relationships with others, we must know our character and then seek to know others’ character. It is important because only by knowing one’s character can one relate to others and avoid misunderstandings.

There are four distinct types of people we deal with daily. Using the members of a football team as an example.

The Quarterback — Task-oriented and impulsive, they have high expectations. Appear confident, are persuasive, verbal, aggressive, and autocratic. Quarterbacks are in charge and call the plays. These play-callers are very punctual and demand the same from others. They are not overly social-minded. They initiate the call to go to lunch.

The Running Back—These people are enthusiastic, inspirational, imaginative, like working with visuals, ideas, and words, and are curious and independent. When dealing with these individuals, avoid too much detail. When invited to lunch, they don’t care where they eat.

The Blocker — Characterized as team players, sociable, eager to help, and relationship-oriented. They identify with goals and activities approved by others. It may take some time to get to know these people. Once you do, you have a powerful ally. Totally in relationship with others. Invited to lunch, they don’t care where they are dining if the team dines together.

The Referee — These individuals strongly identify with rules and regulations; the best way is the organization’s way. They are fond of saying, “That’s the way we do things around here; it’s the NFL policy.” They are conservative, but unimaginative, preferring technical calls and when asked to lunch they ask, “Who is paying?”

Being sensitive to this uniqueness in yourself and others will help you. How people act is who they are.