"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart."
Effective collaboration and teamworking are a key to success in project, programme and portfolio management (P3M). However, teams are made up of individuals, each of whom have their own communication and working style. Having awareness of personal styles provides insights that improve cohesion and performance.
The P3M frameworks currently available take a 'one size fits all' approach. They provide good practice in knowledge and process but make no allowance for the different ways that different people perceive, understand and implement that practice.
Praxis Framework is currently working closely with Team Animation Ltd. to address this vital aspect of implementing P3M through teams of individuals with diverse communication and working styles. Our aim is to enhance your ability to implement and benefit from the Praxis Framework by understanding how to adapt it, not only to the context of your project or programme, but also the people you work with.
To get the benefit of this approach you first need to understand your own preferred style (or colour) and, ideally, those of your colleagues. You can complete a short diagnostic here to discover your style. It will only take a few minutes.
This will reveal whether you are a High Green, High Blue, High Red or High Yellow. A summary of the four styles is shown below. The rest of the pages in this section look at how these attributes are manifested in the functions and processes of the Praxis Framework.
|What are you like?||To get the best out of you, people need to be:|
You are a logical well organised person who works slowly and methodically to produce accurate systems.
You need guarantees that you are in the right before you act and prefer to work at a slow pace to allow you to process all the information provided.
You work hard within existing circumstances to promote quality in your products and services that you work with.
You are a pleasant co-operative warm supportive team player.
You need reassurance that you are liked and personal assurances that you are doing a good job to help you to feel comfortable.
You are skilled at co-operating with others within the team and you are seen as a calming influence within a group.
You prefer first names and informality within the office and are patient and considerate when dealing with others.
You are cool, independent and competitive. You shape the environment that you work in by overcoming opposition in order to accomplish results.
You need to be in control of your situation and you need tangible evidence of progress.
You have a no nonsense communication style, can appear that to have a low tolerance for others feelings, like to be in control and you work impressively by yourself.
You are gregarious, optimistic, fun loving, friendly, and can be a risk taker. You have good persuasive skills although you can be a dreamer and can get others caught up in your dreams.
You need to feel that you are getting the credit you deserve and will be quick to draw attention to your achievements.
You are skilled at influencing others and use this ability to shape your environment to accomplish the results you need.
You are both open and assertive with a preference for a fast paced and spontaneous work life.
Now that you understand the principles of the four colours (including knowing your colour), you can use the iMA Praxis pages to help you interact with your team, stakeholders and colleagues in each of the specific areas covered.
As people are rarely ‘pure High Green’ or ‘pure High Yellow’ the attributes are only typical of each type. The lists of attributes are not intended to be exhaustive, they are indications of different attitudes that you need to take into account when working with a diverse group of people.