But what I really find fascinating is that we can co-work harmoniously at all!
We each have a unique style, approach, comfort zone, preferences, tolerances, quirks, and idiosyncrasies and we’re thrown together to create partnerships that will work efficiently and effectively and generate amazing products that command great sums of money. No biggie.
In production I am constantly assembling teams of people who don’t know each other in pressure situations with tight deadlines to create at their highest level and work seamlessly with others. Assemble, Create, Disband, Repeat. Can that even be done? And how can it be done with grace and ease having the best time possible? Because I definitely want to have the best time possible.
The starting point for me is to understand my own working style and then learn to recognize the working style of others.
Check out this cool system from Mindjet called Workology. It gave me a helpful introduction to my working style, the strengths and the weaknesses, and some pointers on how to grow in my capability to work well with other style types. http://www.mindjet.com/workology/. And I promise a prize to the first person that correctly guesses my type!
Diversity is the spice of life and it makes the workplace go round but it takes knowing how to appreciate and allow for the behavior and style of others to create an environment of enjoyment with a positive outcome. Each of us has our own unique style of processing information, thinking, and problem solving, and by learning to communicate to others in a way they can easily process efficiently, you actually become more productive and create a more harmonious environment.
Learn to appreciate the differences of the people you work with and let them know you value their uniqueness.
Keep in mind that you are in it together and many opinions means many ideas.
Once you begin to understand and respect other peoples working style and process, do your best to adapt to how they like to work. You’ll not only be seen as a team player, you’ll forge new working bonds that will lead you to enjoying your work and your co-workers in new ways and the challenging people will be less challenging than before.
See you on set!