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Yeah, I’ll confess: I’m an engineer.

So it’s fascinating to me that I’m much deeper now into the “people side” of business. I love that people are SO much more challenging to work with!

A never ending cascade of depth and complication. But my engineering side does come out, because I tend to see everything as a process which can be designed and improved.

If only people were that simple.

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I went through a training class recently which really opened my eyes to the different ways that people relate to the world around them. I’ve noticed that this is one of the primary sources of conflict between people. And of course I’ve experienced that directly!

Because I have my own way of thinking about the world and life. And I tend to relate to others using my own mindset.

The good news is that there are some very useful models which help you to understand your own way of thinking, and how to best relate to others who are different.

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I’ve been taking some training recently on a tool which helps distinguish the different types of thinking and action we all have. There are a lot of different assessment models out there in the coaching world, and this one uses a model of five archetypes.

In our discussion today, I was pondering how these different innate preferences tend to exacerbate conflicts and misunderstandings.

It seems that we all want others to think like we do! It’s logical, right?

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