Do you ever feel misunderstood in your workplace? Do you ever feel like you don’t understand your coworkers? Here is an example of a typical coworker conversation that starts simple, but ends in hurt feelings.
Megan: Good morning Melissa. How was your weekend?
Melissa: Fine. Did you finish the numbers for the KOTO report? I need them today.
Megan: My weekend was great. We went to the pumpkin patch with the kids and they loved the hayride…
Melissa: (interrupting bluntly) When will you get the numbers to me? I need to finish the analysis on the inventory.
Megan: (feeling hurt) I can work on it this morning and get it to you by 10 a.m.
Melissa: No later than 10 a.m.
Megan: (now feeling angry) Fine, 10 a.m.
How often have you had a version of this conversation? One person (Megan) is trying to be social and share the details of her fun weekend and the other (Melissa) is focused on analyzing a report. Megan is feeling hurt because Melissa “didn’t care” and Melissa is feeling “annoyed” because she just wants the numbers for the KOTO report to analyze.
What if you could understand your coworkers better and communicate with them in a way that they could understand and appreciate? Well, there is a way.
Emergenetics is a measurable, proven way to recognize and apply the thinking and behaving patterns people use regularly. This scientifically formulated concept is strength-based and easy to use.
Mandy Potts, NFP Partners’ Director of Business Development, is a Certified Emergenetics Associate. In September, she led the NFP Partners team through an Emergenetics workshop. First, each team member completed an online profile assessment of 100 questions, designed to capture the thinking and behaving preference of each person. Mandy then consulted with everyone, individually, to interpret their unique profile before walking NFP Partners through an organization-wide “Meeting of the Minds” workshop. The workshop is designed to deepen each person’s self-awareness while also helping to build and foster trust among the team.
Anne Messerli said this after the workshop: “The training was fun, and I learned a lot about myself and my teammates. It will benefit my working and personal relationships because I am more aware of the different preferences and ways to communicate.”
If you would like to know more about how Emergenetics can improve communication and build trust within your organization, please contact Mandy.