We had a really interesting session at Bristol’s KN-UK yesterday lunchtime all about personality types and how to understand them, and a discussion about how we could all apply this to help us work more efficiently and smoothly with lawyers and other fee earners.
Graham Mitchell of T2i was, as usual, a very interesting and engaging speaker. If you need an organisational psychologist to help your law firm I heartily recommend him.
What were my big takeaways?
- Personality is a preference: it’s the way people naturally respond to situations.
- Although one’s preference is clear, even from age 8, it isn’t prescriptive. We can all learn ways to curb our instincts to mitigate the worst consequences of our natural preferences and it mustn’t use it as an excuse.
- No particular preference is good or bad. They all lead to strengths and weaknesses. The important thing is to understand your personality and adapt how you react in situations, adjust what needs adjusting, in order to work effectively.
- Although there are many forms of analysis, mostly they revolve around 5 main dimensions:
- openness to new experiences, and
- emotional stability.
We also discussed practical ways we could approach working with results/outcome focussed, creative/ideas driven, people/relationship driven and analysis/details focussed people in order to work together more harmoniously, which gave us all some great ideas to put into practice straightaway.
If you are interested in coming along to a KN-UK training lunch, there may be one near you. It is a great, cost-effective way to get local tailored learning for law firm KMers in a friendly atmosphere.
We have events in Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester and interest in setting up a Sheffield group (but we need more people interested there first). All the info about KN-UK is available here.
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