Understanding what makes people tick is a vital step in team-building
HAVE you ever wondered why you “click” with some people while others antagonise you?
Understanding why people behave the way they do will help you build better relationships, improve your communication skills, identify your personal potential and help you boost team performance. 
The acronym C.L.I.C.K will provide you with some insights on common techniques to build a successful team and how to acquire them consistently:
Change 
It is not about changing others because if you try to do that, you will have very high stress levels. 
It is an uphill task trying to change anyone. Recognising the reasons to adapt and changing your mindset will avoid a lot of unnecessary conflict that contributes to ineffective team relationships. 
Understanding the importance of adapting to different personality styles will enhance your ability to influence and engage people and improve competency levels in the working environment.
Loving relationships
Whether you are in a leadership position or are a member of a task force committee, there will inevitably be tension, arguments and conflicts that affect team morale.
As part of a team, it is important that you build, nurture and, ultimately, embrace relationships. 
Bad vibes, contrasting personalities and negative intentions will erode an amicable working environment. You have to understand that team conflicts affect an individual’s ability to contribute positively.
Individual
Common work relationship issues affect office productivity and increase work tension. Every brainstorming session becomes a battleground. 
As an individual, gaining control and understanding how your personality affects others is a giant step forward to success. We are all part of a bigger entity at work, and this is usually a team setting. 
I have also found that lots of work stress is due to personality conflicts rather than workload issues. 
If you like what you do, it’s called “passion”, if you do not like what you do, it’s called a “job”. 
Coordination
Why it is that some people make teamwork appear effortless, while others find themselves mired in conflict and disunity? 
“Coordination” is the magic word for a successful team or individual excellence. 
When you have a smorgasbord of personalities working together, good relationships among them are the foundation for team success. 
Skills can be learnt but good relationships need a lot of coordination. To facilitate this coordination, you need to understand your team first — as individuals. 
Once you are familiar with each member of the team, you will see significant improvements in responsibility, integrity, openness and the eagerness to succeed as a team. 
Knowledge
Knowledge requires certainty. That is why understanding individual personality traits in a fun, meaningful and engaging manner will boost positive team communication. 
“Click! Colours”, a type of personality tool, does this amazingly well by helping teams build relationships quickly through understanding what makes people tick. 
I always find team-building a great way to understand people who are not like us. 
Human behaviour is often complicated, but if we are able to identify patterns of behaviour, we will be in a better position to communicate effectively with the different people around us. 
While we often “click” with people who are like us, think of the benefits of finding common ground with those whom we do not usually see eye to eye!
Article by Terrence Wong, a senior consultant at Training Edge International. For more information, e-mail terrence.wong@trainingedgeasia.com or visit www.trainingedgeasia.com

Understanding what makes people tick is a vital step in team-building

HAVE you ever wondered why you “click” with some people while others antagonise you?

Understanding why people behave the way they do will help you build better relationships, improve your communication skills, identify your personal potential and help you boost team performance. 

The acronym C.L.I.C.K will provide you with some insights on common techniques to build a successful team and how to acquire them consistently:

Change 

It is not about changing others because if you try to do that, you will have very high stress levels. 

It is an uphill task trying to change anyone. Recognising the reasons to adapt and changing your mindset will avoid a lot of unnecessary conflict that contributes to ineffective team relationships. 

Understanding the importance of adapting to different personality styles will enhance your ability to influence and engage people and improve competency levels in the working environment.

Loving relationships

Whether you are in a leadership position or are a member of a task force committee, there will inevitably be tension, arguments and conflicts that affect team morale.

As part of a team, it is important that you build, nurture and, ultimately, embrace relationships. 

Bad vibes, contrasting personalities and negative intentions will erode an amicable working environment. You have to understand that team conflicts affect an individual’s ability to contribute positively.

Individual

Common work relationship issues affect office productivity and increase work tension. Every brainstorming session becomes a battleground. 

As an individual, gaining control and understanding how your personality affects others is a giant step forward to success. We are all part of a bigger entity at work, and this is usually a team setting. 

I have also found that lots of work stress is due to personality conflicts rather than workload issues. 

If you like what you do, it’s called “passion”, if you do not like what you do, it’s called a “job”. 

Coordination

Why it is that some people make teamwork appear effortless, while others find themselves mired in conflict and disunity? 

“Coordination” is the magic word for a successful team or individual excellence. 

When you have a smorgasbord of personalities working together, good relationships among them are the foundation for team success. 

Skills can be learnt but good relationships need a lot of coordination. To facilitate this coordination, you need to understand your team first — as individuals. 

Once you are familiar with each member of the team, you will see significant improvements in responsibility, integrity, openness and the eagerness to succeed as a team. 

Knowledge

Knowledge requires certainty. That is why understanding individual personality traits in a fun, meaningful and engaging manner will boost positive team communication. 

“Click! Colours”, a type of personality tool, does this amazingly well by helping teams build relationships quickly through understanding what makes people tick. 

I always find team-building a great way to understand people who are not like us. 

Human behaviour is often complicated, but if we are able to identify patterns of behaviour, we will be in a better position to communicate effectively with the different people around us. 

While we often “click” with people who are like us, think of the benefits of finding common ground with those whom we do not usually see eye to eye!


Article by Terrence Wong, a senior consultant at Training Edge International. For more information, e-mail terrence.wong@trainingedgeasia.com or visit www.trainingedgeasia.com