How to Work Successfully with Anyone
- Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Help choleric people do their best at work. Choleric people desire to be in charge. Workplace tasks that they can do especially well include: being confident and decisive, meeting goals, doing difficult work without becoming too emotional, organizing well, seeking practical solutions to problems, and correcting wrongs by trying to do what’s right. But also keep in mind that choleric people are prone to problems that can interfere with their work, such as: arguing, being inflexible, bossing people around too much, acting too quickly in situations that require more reflection, and failing to listen to other people’s perspectives.
Help melancholy people do their best at work. Melancholy people desire perfection. Workplace tasks that they can do especially well include: thoughtfully coming up with new ideas, carefully analyzing issues, using creativity to solve problems, caring about other people, staying on a schedule and within a budget, and giving their best effort to every assignment. But also keep in mind that melancholy people are prone to problems that can interfere with their work, such as: focusing on what’s negative, hesitating to start projects, criticizing other people, being suspicious of other people, and spending too much time analyzing and planning so they’re not very productive.
Help phlegmatic people do their best at work. Phlegmatic people desire peace. Workplace tasks that they can do especially well include: listening well, staying calm during crises, mediating conflicts, adapting to new situations with flexibility, being kind and patient with other people, and observing how best to improve situations. But also keep in mind that phlegmatic people are prone to problems that can interfere with their work, such as: avoiding responsibility, being indecisive, being careless, worrying, making excuses, resisting change, and judging or discouraging other people.
Keep praying. Every work day, communicate with God through prayer, asking Him to continue to guide and empower you to relate to others well at work. You may be surprised at how strong your relationships with people at work become, and how much you all can accomplish on the job together.
Adapted from Personality Plus at Work: How to Work Successfully with Anyone, copyright 2011 by Florence Littauer and Rose Sweet. Published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.revellbooks.com.
Florence Littauer is the bestselling author of more than 40 books, including Personality Plus, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies and has been translated into 30 languages. She speaks internationally at seminars and retreats and is the president of CLASS Speakers, Inc. She lives in Nevada.
Rose Sweet is a popular speaker and the author of five books and a contributor to many more. Rose is the director of the Catholic Divorce Network and the producer of the landmark DVD series The Catholic Divorce Survival Guide. Rose lives in California.
Whitney Hopler is a full-time freelance writer and editor. You can visit her website at: http://whitneyhopler.naiwe.com/.
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