The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed work as we know it. The virus has split up work teams whose members now need to work remotely. Team leaders need to motivate, emotionally support, and effectively manage a physically dislocated team of remote workers. Team members need to balance family life with their work and ensure that they both support their family and contribute to the team effectively and productively.
How can you make your team thrive during disruption? As a team member, how can you best contribute to your colleagues with your natural talents? And as a team leader, how can you get the best out of your team in times of crisis? How can you manage remote workers both effectively and empathetically? Enter TIPS, Thinkergy’s Innovator Profiling System designed for business and innovation success in the VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) world of the early 21st century.
TIPS uses four cognitive styles (to think, work, interact, and live) as well as four social attractor fields (the TIPS bases: theories, ideas, people, systems) to profile people into eleven distinct innovator profiles (All-Rounder, Coach, Conceptualizer, Experimenter, Ideator, Organizer, Partner, Promoter, Systematizer, Technocrat, and Theorist).
Every TIPS profile has a unique combination of TIPS styles and is attracted to one or more of the four TIPS bases. A work team typically comprises a mix of different profiles, cognitive styles, and base orientations. At the same time, certain TIPS styles and base orientations tend to dominate in most work teams based on their functional focus (e.g., sales, finance, operations). Understanding how to best utilize the different styles and bases in a work team is essential in normal times, and it becomes vital in times of crisis where every team member counts.
Make everyone in the team play on their natural talents that are linked to their preferred cognitive styles and to the socio-economic environment that attracts them most. How?
The TIPS thinking style comes in three expressions: Figure-, Fantasy-, and Figure & Fantasy-thinkers. Most work teams have all of these thinking styles represented in the group. How to best utilize them during the crisis?
Based on their preferred work style, TIPS distinguishes people into Brain-, Brawn-, and Brain & Brawn-workers. How can you make the best use of the different work styles of your team members?
The TIPS interaction style allows you to understand how the members of your work team prefer to make a case, decide, and interact with each other. Here, we distinguish between Fact-, Feeling-, and Fact & Feeling-interactors:
TIPS differentiates the members in your team based on their preferred lifestyles into Form-, Flow-, and Form & Flow-people:
TIPS can help you to better respond to the crisis by making all members of your team play on their preferred cognitive styles and their dominant home base. Each of the TIPS profiles has a unique mix of talents linked to their TIPS styles and their dominant TIPS base. As a team leader, uncover those talents and activate them to make your team and business survive and thrive during the crisis. It’s a bit like in chess – every piece has its place on the board and can move in specific ways. As the game unfolds, move every figure with strategic foresight, and in harmony with their unique strengths — and you’re more likely to win the game.