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Why are you not like me?

How innate differences can affect our collaboration

Your own desk is clean and tidy. With the others it looks more like a construction site? Are you always at the train station or at the airport long before your time and the others come running up again at the very last minute with their coats blowing? The own part of the presentation for tomorrow has already been finished two weeks ago. But when will the content finally come from the others? Why are the others just not like me?

Well, nature has arranged it in such a way that we humans should complement one another: some talk faster, others think longer. Some like to introduce themselves for the distant future of society, others are good at direct implementation of technical details. Some tend to criticize their surroundings, others prefer to keep the harmony.

Which often leads to minor or major conflicts in offices, is the innate body of nature that half of humanity is one whole strong inner drive has to get things done and finished immediately, but the other half has to do the "Print" needed from outside to develop their energy and creativity. - Finally, there could still be interesting impulses or changes.

Incidentally, these innate differences can be studied very nicely in schoolchildren: there is the child who comes home and immediately sits down by itself without being asked to do homework and only likes to play afterwards, and then there is the child who is first must drive so that it is not constantly busy with something else. The latter child should be allowed to do their homework in the evening, just before going to bed - or possibly in the morning just before school. The math problems that would have taken two hours the day before are suddenly finished in 20 minutes! And possibly right too. The pressure of the last minute unleashed unimagined strength. Whereas he would stress the self-motivated child completely.

At the university it is then similar: The “external pressure” -driven submits the thesis literally 30 seconds before the deadline ... The “internal pressure” -driven already two weeks before the deadline.

For the 'external pressure' driven student, it would be sheer stress to give up so early. Energy and creativity come at the last minute, on the last day and on the last night! For the 'internal pressure' -driven student, on the other hand, it would be sheer stress to only be able to give up at the last minute!

In the office you give the employee a task with 'internal pressure' and say: “I'll need that sometime next week”. You may have done it back in the afternoon! Because the 'internal pressure' is so strong that preferably at the end of each day the 'Inbox' should be completely empty and the 'Outbox' should be completely filled.

The external pressure-driven employee gives you the same task, with the same statement `` sometime next week '', at best on late Friday afternoon, if not even on Sunday evening or early Monday morning afterwards, considering that the Boss something for 'sometime next week' in the week anyway after that want to edit ...

This can also lead to interesting conflicts between teams and managers. For a team that wants to work things off quickly according to an agreed plan, it is difficult to have a manager who `` changes '' plans at the last minute because of a new idea - or Only delivers instructions to the last minute. If, for example, a Monday morning deadline is only given on Friday evening, this means that the team has to work on the weekend (and possibly even at night). It goes without saying that something like that has an effect on the working atmosphere. Because a boss who lives out such an innate preference without reflection can be difficult for the team.

The opposite variant is a boss driven by internal pressure, who likes to take a quick look at the work of employees before they are handed in. If this work is delivered to the last minute by 'external pressure' -driven employees, it can pure stress for the boss be. A little trick that is often used: boss sets employee fictitious deadline. Employees have the external pressure they need to be energetic and creative. Employee delivers on his own 'at the last minute'. The boss actually has a few days to take a look at the work himself and then submit it `` on time '' according to his own understanding, i.e. preferably a few days before the deadline.

So what can help for a rapprochement - and thus improved collaboration?

  • If you already know about each other, this can be useful in the workplace as well as in private life for the purpose of improved collaboration. It's about here too good agreements and workable compromises, mutual respect and appreciation.
  • Employees driven by 'internal pressure' can try to wait a little more and also to be more flexible to last minute changes.
  • Employees driven by 'external pressure' can try a little more to adhere to agreed schedules and realize that behind them there are others in the 'value-added chain' who are waiting for their delivery and may have to work through their weekend or last night because of this 'last minute' working style.
  • E-collaboration tools, e.g. for digital project management, including shared calendar and chat functions, can help wonderfully to show the current processing status of joint projects. If everyone is using and maintaining them, you can always easily query the latest status here. Or even digitally remind colleagues who need external pressure for their energy!