Team compatibility can influence how well your team creatively solves problems and makes effective decisions. Nevertheless, getting dissimilar individuals to work together can be challenging, but worthwhile. Why? The more effectively your team can collaborate, the better they can meet the needs of your customers and create a delightful customer experience that accelerates your business past your competition. How can you cultivate team compatibility and collaboration? Create and support an environment that accepts new ideas. If you’re too focused on doing things the way they’ve always been done, your business will never be innovative. Also, your team will be less willing to share their ideas with you or their teammates. It’s important that you become the kind of leader that understands the value of diverse perspectives.
“Support an environment that accepts new ideas“
A great way to ensure that your office is fostering team compatibility and collaboration is to be sure that everyone is aware of DISC. DISC, a simple question and answer tool, can help your team realize their different communication styles. It can also help them be more aware of how compatible these styles are together in order to prepare for any conflicts that may occur.
As mentioned in the previous blog, individuals tend to hang around people that are similar to themselves. This happens because they share common interests, habits, and so on, which reinforces their self-esteem. It’s no wonder that the most naturally compatible style combinations are as follows:
- Conscientious & Conscientious
- Steady & Steady
- Influence & Influence
Some styles tend to require a little more work in order to be a successful match. The following categories describe the various style combinations that don’t occur as naturally as the ones previously listed…
Moderately Compatible Style Combinations
- Dominant & Dominant
The competitive nature of the Dominant style tends to make this pairing only compatible in the short run. They tend to be less compatible and agreeable than the other style pairings.
- Conscientious & Steady
This pairing tends to be successful because both styles are quieter and more focused inward. They also tend to like the same activities.
- Influence & Dominant
Both of these styles are more outgoing and focused outward. Their fast-pace and similar interests tend to keep these two together.
- Steady & Influence
These styles really aspire to be in a supportive relationship. What usually ends up happening is that the Steady person is the supporter and the Influence person is the receiver.
In these cases, matches don’t occur as natural socially and it may take a little effort for the styles to get along. Success with effectively interacting with dissimilar styles tends to boost one’s esteem as well. As long as both sides are focused on making it work, then they will be able to see the benefit of interacting with each other.
Least Compatible Style Combinations
- Dominant & Steady
Dominant individuals tend to be fast-paced. They can become impatient with slower, indecisive Steady individuals. Also, Steady individuals perceive Dominant individuals as too demanding and pushy.
- Influence & Conscientious
If Influence is your primary style, then you really just want to have fun. This may cause the Influence individual to feel weighed down by the standard-setting, realistic Conscientious style. Conscientious individuals prefer to be alone and may feel overwhelmed by the expressiveness of the Influence style.
- Conscientious & Dominant
The Conscientious style likes to do things right even when they’re relaxing. Their high standards in all things mixed with the Dominant’s need for control and to get things done tends to clash. Out of all the combinations, this one tends to have the most difficulty in relating to each other.
How do you support team compatibility? It starts with being positive! Even if your primary styles tend to clash, positive energy can turn your differences into something that supports your connection. In fact, positive energy can cause your differences to fuel your attraction. How do you shift from focusing on the negatives to the positives? Consider what you could learn from the other person.
By focusing on what you can learn from each other, team compatibility can grow. That’s because continuous learning can help you grow both personally and professionally. You’ll also gain a wider perspective of the world around you because you’d see things from a perspective outside of your own. In terms of the communication styles, a Dominant person could learn how to be more patient and considerate of other’s feelings from a Steady person. On the other hand, a Steady person could learn how to take charge and be more accepting of risk from a Dominant person. An Influence person could learn to be more discreet from a Conscientious person and a Conscientious person could learn to be more sociable from an Influence person.
In order for team members to begin learning from each other, it takes having leaders and business owners that show how much they value collaboration within the workplace. Supporting team compatibility takes focusing on collaboration because it enables team members to feel more connected to each other. Collaboration tends to be successful when your team understands your vision and you consistently hire individuals that embody the company culture. Business owners and leaders also need to be adaptive. If you want your team to collaborate, they have to see that you know how to adapt to other styles and collaborate with people that are dissimilar from you. The more you invest in your team, the better they will take care of your business.