four work preference measures
Begin With A Simple Definition
Firstly, explain the characteristics of each construct: Structured and Flexible. Remember, no-one is always Structured or always Flexible. We can all do Structured and Flexible things, but the important thing to remember is that we don’t do them with equal enjoyment or comfort. It’s also important to stress that these constructs describe preferences, not skills.
“When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature”.
- Sigmund Freud
Keep your eyes on the stars but keep your feet on the ground.’
- Theodore Roosevelt
Here we look at the second RIDO scale: How you prefer to gather and use Information: Practical or Creative; and provide three simple exercises for the time conscious to distinguish the two concepts at either end of this scale.
Of all the RIDO Scales, it is this one that seems to bring out the stereotypes! Repeatedly using the term Extrovert and Introvert (as in ‘Extroverts do this’, and ‘Introverts like that…’) can unintentionally have the effect to categorising people. A way to avoid this labelling is instead of saying ‘Extrovert’ and ‘Introvert’; try: ‘people with a preference for Extroversion/Introversion’. While it takes longer to say, it does help avoid ‘boxing’. It’s also consistent with the idea that we can all do Extroverted and Introverted things, it’s just we tend to prefer one over the other.