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Does Remote Working Fit with Who You Are?

Does Remote Working Fit with Who You Are?

If you have a personality that needs connection with others, how do you cope with remote working and virtual connection?

Further, do you have the behaviors, traits and skills to flourish away from a traditional work environment?

Will your manager know enough about you to support you during this time?

With observations like these, it’s obvious remote working and virtual connection are not necessarily a good fit for everyone.

Practicing what we preach Looking at my own team has been an interesting exercise. With the use of our Business DNA Behavior Natural Discovery process – used and applied from the point of hiring forward – I’ve always been able to have my team work to their strengths, wherever possible, slotting them into positions that set them up for success. But in this current pandemic, I’ve taken a longer and more in-depth look at their Business DNA reports. Based on what I see in their discovery profiles, some team members will welcome the isolation and I may well have to ensure they aren’t working excessive hours and reducing their interaction with their colleagues or the teams they lead. Others will miss collaboration with colleagues via closer proximity. Not just because they enjoy socializing, but because of their creativity; they rely on group interface to inspire the work they do. One key insight Business DNA Natural Behavior Discovery provides is a clear pathway to understand how individuals respond to their environment. This insight helps me keep an eye on their frame of mind. Believing that each person is responsible for their own accountability and self-motivation, I asked them to review their own Business DNA report as we moved the business to total remote working. This open and honest review has enabled us to see where we need to invest in the emotional and mental well-being of our people. And for our employees to gain a greater understanding of their own needs as this pandemic drives us all into unchartered waters. Know your people You may have cohesive, well-oiled business teams now but being forced into remote working without a knowledge of how this would impact them and your business can be worrisome. Remote working requires a significant amount of communication to keep everyone engaged.
How you do this depends largely on the investments you are willing to make, PLUS a clear understanding of what each individual team and team member needs:

  • Who needs motivating?
  • Who needs more empathy?
  • Who is not self-reliant?
  • Who needs reminders to meet deadlines?
  • Who needs interaction with colleagues via video links to build creativity?
  • Who needs to be reminded to exercise and lift their head above the work?
  • Who is in danger of becoming too reserved and withdrawn?
  • Which of the team leaders is best placed to support, encourage and coach?
  • How well will individuals return to working in the office?

I have introduced Microsoft Teams to our team. Think of it as an efficient chat function with facets of project management. Already they are chatting in real time. Perhaps most importantly, they are giving each other encouragement and input. I am not policing them (they cc me into chats which is nice). I don’t need to be overbearing with oversight because I believe that it is my responsibility to provide them with any tools they need to do their job, but more importantly keep their minds and emotions healthy.

The Psychological State of Teams & Clients While Isolated How our team can help your team. DNA Behavior is well-placed to help you manage the well-being of your people. It might be as simple as understanding which of your people are concerned about using video conferencing. It could be a loss of efficiency from those not used to remote work. Or as complicated as ensuring naturally reserved individuals don’t become reclusive. With the insight of a Business DNA Natural Behavior profile, answers to these and other behavioral questions will inform strategies for caring for your team(s).

With quality behavioral insight you can respond quickly and appropriately to unusual reactions from colleagues. • You will know how to manage the usually placid one who becomes argumentative.

  • You will be able to support the normally confident one who senses they are losing respect from colleagues because they aren’t as familiar with technology as others.
  • You will know which of your customer-facing people could freeze at the thought of using phone or video links to connect with customers.
  • Add to that a customer who is concerned about the current global environment.

Behavioral Knowledge is the Key Now more than ever is a time to encourage all staff and customers to complete the Business DNA Natural Behavior Discovery process. It only takes 10 minutes. It can be completed on any device. Business DNA provides real-time in-depth reporting to both the customer and the employee on how to communicate and interact with one another. And much, much more. Reach out: We will work with you to share our knowledge and suggest which of our tools would most benefit you.

For a start, complete your own discovery at no cost and with no obligation. Likewise, schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our pros.

Secure Your Own Oxygen First

Secure Your Own Oxygen First

Sitting here in my home office thinking about the past 6 weeks has been sobering.

Four weeks overseas ending in home isolation for fourteen days; seeing friends deliver food to our door as we love and acknowledge them through closed windows has changed worlds forever.

For many years I have worked from home. Firstly, for the UK Government and then for my current employer DNA Behavior International, so would imagine that these fourteen days of home isolation would have been ‘business as usual’. Not so. I’m healthy and well. Thank God. I’m working as usual. I’m using social media to engage with my colleagues, so what has shifted?

Who Took My Control?

I am by nature reserved, I enjoy being alone, but that is far removed from having the choice to be alone or with others.

As a behavioral analyst it got me thinking about my Business DNA Natural Behavior profile style:

………..Facilitator, combines the ability to guide people with feelings together with the determination to reach goals and accomplish tasks. This blend of behavioral strengths makes Carol well suited for situations where setting the agenda and recognizing the needs of other people are required. Further, consistency, reliability and persistence are important. She flourishes in an environment where there is plenty of stability………… And then I read this aspect of my inherent behavior – does not like being  rushed or forced into a decision.

I know this stuff, it’s my life and my work, so how did I miss these crucial aspects of my own inherent behavior. Well, here’s how.

What I’m Missing

I want to be out there on the front-line helping others. I want to grab a coffee with friends doing it tough. I want to walk on the beach to clear my head for the next creative piece I need to write. I just want to be me!

Reading back through my own Business DNA Natural Behavior Discovery report has been sobering. You may wonder why I titled this piece – ‘secure your own oxygen first’. Having been on planes recently and watching endless safety videos I realized the importance of taking your own oxygen first before helping others.

My Decision Making Taken

Being rushed or forced into a decision – this troubles me. After a 32-hour flight I arrived home to hazmat covered officials, federal police contracts to sign about isolation protocol and then transported home to isolation. No time to think through the decisions being made for me. All very understandable in these unprecedented times, and I’m thankful for those making those decisions.

But, here’s my point, it unsettled me in ways I couldn’t quite understand. So, if you have a DNA Behavior Profile, get it out and re-read it. It may answer some feelings you are experiencing.

See to your own ‘oxygen’ first before thinking about others. Encourage them to do the same. Use your profile to dig deep into who you are, your inherent makeup and use that insight to navigate these difficult times.

We will be no good to each other or this world if we don’t take a long look at our inherent behavior and base our ongoing emotional wellbeing on identifying what challenges us and addressing it.

Don’t Have a DNA Behavior Natural Discovery Profile?

If you don’t have a DNA Behavior Natural Discovery profile let us know. We are here to help. With just a 10-minute investment of time you can have access to powerful personal behavioral insights that give great depth and reliability of core behavioral traits and communication styles. Read the outcomes as I did mine and use the insight to deliver much needed oxygen to your emotional and behavioral well-being. Be safe, stay healthy and remember social distancing. Link to 15-minute discussion with our Consultant Click here

Success Comes When You Do What You Are

Success Comes When You Do What You Are

How often as leaders have you heard these comments or observed the parallel behaviors?

  • I can’t do that.
  • I’m not trained to do that.
  • It’s not who I am.
  • It’s just a job for me.
  • I’m not passionate about what I do.

There is nothing more frustrating to people than to be asked to do a job they a) can’t do b) don’t want to do or c) are not passionate about.

For years, I did what I was asked to do. I was good at it, but not passionate about it. Then one day I was asked my opinion about a service issue, not knowing who I was speaking too (my bad, it was the CEO who I’d never met. There were 70,000 employees, so forgive my ignorance), I answered confidently with my solution.

A month later I was called to serve on a senior think tank as they worked and strategized to implement my suggestion.

Suddenly I was fulfilling my passion. I Was Doing What I Am.

  • Creating and designing.
  • Visionary thinking.
  • Solving problems.
  • Thinking globally.
  • Building consensus.
  • Communicating both verbally and in writing.
  • Setting goals.
  • Taking the message to the world.

Years later, I got to know why I was so passionate and successful with my work. I completed a Business DNA Natural Behavior Discovery assessment and was given detailed insight into the core of who I am.

Suddenly everything lined up. I knew that trying to be successful outside my uniqueness would only bring heartache. But I also learnt what a powerful asset I am to an organization, and that alone increased my confidence.

I didn’t just get to understand my hardwiring in terms of my talents. I also now know that I’m very focused, and prefer to operate alone; private, serious, and reserved; and would rather socialize with close associates than with strangers. So, you can imagine, I needed to learn how to work in a team. And having these DNA insights meant I could figure out how to do that.
I also got to understand the importance of reigning in my spontaneity – born I’m sure out of my passion for what I do. This insight is just a tiny part of what the Business DNA Natural Behavior Discovery revealed to me.

The phrase, often used by career specialists, do what you love is outdated. Instead of focusing on doing what you love, do what you are, based on understanding your unique talents.

When leaders get to recognize that behaviors — caused by unmanaged human differences, pressure and emotions — derail performance, then they can guide their people to achieve greater self-empowerment so that they make behaviorally smart decisions, accelerating their performance to live a quality life with meaning, delivering the results the business needs.

But don’t take my word for it. Give it a try and experience your own unique human performance acceleration. Then you can do what you are

Here’s is a link to complete your own Business DNA Natural Behavior Discovery.

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Sticking to an Authentic Behavioral Discovery Process

The process of gathering scientifically based behavioral data is interesting. Filled with comments and contradictions. We at DNA Behavior have seen and heard them all. The most often heard is:

  • that is such an accurate report about me
  • I thought completing the process would be easier
  • but the process was hard
  • I didnt know which way to respond
  • I had to just go for it
  • look at how accurate the outcomes are
  • I really like the DNA results, but the journey was hard

And so much more. We make no apologies for the 10-minute DNA Natural Behavior Discovery questionnaire using 138 different words in 46 inter locking Forced Choice Questions. The questions are deliberately tight so that a specific outcome is achieved. Definitely, a right data in, right data out approach has been taken.

We know the importance of being able to authentically defend our discovery process is why we are so well positioned in the market place. When the DNA Discovery Process was designed it was critical, too, that the questions removed situational, cultural and educational biases and could not be easily gamed. Further, at all costs we wanted highly predictive measurable behavioral insights which would be universally applicable across the globe for all people and remain true for the long term regardless of the situation or circumstances the person is in. In other words, it would get to the core of who the person is. We knew this holy grail of behavioral measurement could be achieved and is forever grateful for the knowledge and guidance of Carol Pocklington and Lee Ellis to show the pathway.

Yes, we could simplify the questionnaire, but, why would we? That said, we listened to our customers, and one of the important business keys we discovered was that customer concerns are a rich source of marketing material. One of our friends – David Rendell talks about in Freak Marketing that looking to your greatest weaknesses will be sitting your greatest strength.

If customers were loving the outcome but not the process, what was this saying about our discovery process? We discovered (though we knew it) that our process may be antagonizing our customers by the tight choices it asks them to make when choosing Most Like and Least Like from 3 non-situational words or phrases across 46 questions. Some say, I am all of those in about 6 to 8 of the questions.

What the questions are doing is getting the participant to prioritize their greatest strengths/talents. It is not saying for the 3 choices they are not like them in any way. In varying degrees, we exhibit all the words in some situations. It is more about how regularly and strongly the behaviors are exhibited.

Overall, we found ourselves being able to offensively defend the questionnaire since it more reliably delivered better, deeper and more incisive insights into unique behaviors over long time periods. Again, when you must make serious decisions, do you want to participate in a fun and sometimes lengthy process which gives you a shallow and unreliable result? Or, would you rather participate in a quick but tight process which provides a deep set of very accurate insights that will be true for your life time?

Our purpose with the DNA Discovery process is to uncover the natural DNA behavior that sits below the surface; it is not seen because it is masked by the more dynamic (situational) learned behaviors that are shaped by the persons life experiences, education and values.

Learned Situational Behavior

Therefore, a persons overall personality, at any stage of their life, may be seen to change, but their core natural behavior will remain very consistent. Further, revealing core natural behavior draws out their inherent talents, strengths and struggles (blind spots) and communication styles.

The DNA Behavior Natural Discovery Process was designed to holistically uncover, capture and measure all dimensions of a person’s natural DNA behavioral style as the core of their personality. That is their ingrained, go-to, hard-wired behavior that was set by the time they were 3 years old. This is how people inherently make decisions, take direction and work with others; how they interact and build relationships, achieve results, handle information, complete tasks, develop trust, set and achieve goals, take and live with risks and their learning styles. This also includes their communication style, financial decision-making style, behavioral (finance) biases and their response to market movement (as an example).

After significant academic research and discussions with our independent team of experts, we selected the Forced Choice Assessment Model over the more traditionally used Normative (Likert-type) Scaling Model for measuring Natural DNA behavior. This led to the design of the DNA Natural Behavior Discovery Process; a system capable of assessing 8 major personality factors as well as 24 related sub-factors. The fact we can reliably measure 32 behaviors from 138 words across 46 questions is remarkable given that other systems need 15 to 25 questions to measure 1 behavior with less accuracy.

So, what is the Forced Choice Assessment- The traditional Forced Choice Assessment format is a descriptor used in psychometrics to signify a specific type of measure in which respondents compare two or more desirable options and pick the one that is most preferred. This is contrasted with measures that use Normative/Likert-type scales, in which respondents choose the score (e.g. 1 to 5) which best represents the degree to which they agree with a statement. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipsative

A correctly structured Forced Choice format using singular words (versus sentences and statements) presents the individual with item options that are equal in desirability with situational, cultural and educational biases removed; this ensures response choices they make will be far less likely to be influenced by social desirability, circumstances, experiences education or environment. Therefore, the outcomes will reveal inherent behaviors, hardwired core traits and strengths and struggles of the person being assessed which are universally applicable.

We are aggressively authentic in defending our method, the outcomes and the process. Were not embarrassed about this. Our approach is intentional.

Tight questions, using the Forced Choice methodology, get great life results and outcomes which are very strong. This enables individuals to understand their unique inherent behavior and from that position make strong life and business decisions.

The Forced Choice format forces the participant to instinctively choose their answer, and respond more truthfully, as there is not one obviously desirable quality to pick from. Also, the Forced Choice format reduces the potential for the participant to agree or disagree. A Forced Choice format using triads of items (a block of 3) enables greater insight into the interactions between the items for enabling more specific measurement of the behavioral factors (traits).

Further – the results place behavioral knowledge firmly in the hands of the individual. From this position –

  • They are better able to understand who they are in terms of strengths and struggles.
  • They have substance upon which to base life, financial and business decisions.
  • It tells people how to manage their communication style.
  • It reveals talents both overt and hidden that can be applied to career choices.

One of the important outcomes of this discovery approach is to understand that strengths, (upon which most people focus) can, under certain circumstances, become struggles and are difficult to manage without self-awareness and knowledge.

Why not spend 10 to 12 minutes learning about your own unique natural DNA style. Take the Business DNA Natural Behavior Discovery process or the Financial DNA Natural Behavior Discovery Process. Use the link below to take you to the questionnaire.

This scientifically based and validated discovery will reveal significant aspects of your natural behavioral style that is the core of your personality. It will help you as make healthy life, business and financial decisions.

Contact us if you would like to discuss this. Our highly skilled consultants will provide you with feedback on the discovery, and help you to take the next step in building a behaviorally smart life. To learn more, please speak with one of our DNA Behavior Specialists (LiveChat), email inquiries@dnabehavior.com, or visit DNA Behavior