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I founded and co-founded a couple of companies: Redington and mallowstreet; now I have launched a global initiative, Partnership for Change, which is working to improve healthcare, long term care, pensions & savings and technology for a rapidly ageing population. I write about issues of the day that touch me and make me think. Mostly about how to make things better.

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It’s a Team Thing!

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Here’s a useful lens on personality types in the workplace:

Most people stand out in one of the following skillsets:

Innovation

Analysis

Infrastructure

That means you a) tend to have great ideas, far-reaching vision and strategic acumen (think Steve Jobs) or b) are very good working out exactly HOW to get things done or c) are excellent at implementation and execution. Without you, nothing actually happens.

 

Businesses that are full of Innovators have loads of great ideas that never get implemented. A firm of Analysts works out how to do the same old stuff. A corporation of Infrastructurers makes assembly-line widgets year in, year out.

 

In my experience, these biases are hard-coded into your DNA. Sure, over time you can get better at the other two with practice and discipline, but you can only truly be a Killer Ninja in ONE of these categories.

 

Which are you? If you know the answer to that question, you can make sure you always work in a group that complements your skills. Then you and the team can do amazing things.

 

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