Episode 27 is a brief introduction into behavioural archetypes and their relationship with time.
If you have listened to the previous few podcast episodes of the Time Fix Podcast, then you heard me talk about: change, decision making and their connection to behaviour. You also heard me talk about how behavioural archetypes affect our relationship with time.
This is why I think we should talk a little more about behavioural archetypes and their relationship with time.
Before we do that, you might ask: what makes me qualified to even talk about this? Well, as an accredited EDISC consultant, I get to work with this amazing behavioural modelling tool and use it to dig deep into how productivity is affected by behaviour styles.
Before we look a little bit into this, there are a few things that need mentioning.
There are a lot of different tools out there, that help one better understand behaviour and personality. Some companies even use these tools strategically when building their teams. But I chose EDISC because it is one of the best-maintained tools I have seen. It gets validated every 2 years, so it is a tool that never stops growing and being refined.
So what does the acronym EDISC stand for?
It has two parts. The DISC stands for the initials of the 4 major Personality and Behavioural styles: D is for Dominant, I for Influencer, S for Stabiliser and C for Compliant. The E in front of the DISC stands for Extended. This means, that while DISC is focusing more on personality profiling, EDISC focuses on behavioural profiling. The difference is, that while the first one gives you a fabulous understanding of who you really are, the second one focuses on how can you make the most of your natural and your perceived makeup and how you can use this knowledge to bring out the best in you. I personally go even deeper in specifically looking at how behavioural makeup affects your relationship with your time and of course, how can you increase productivity, while living life at its fullest.
Before even talking about the four main behavioural styles, I must mention, that no matter which one resonates the most with you, you need to understand that it is extremely rare, like 1% rare, that someone has only one major behavioural style in their makeup. We all are a combination of the four defining behavioural styles, and the more we understand about them, the more control will we have over our choices and decisions.
So what does our relationship with time look like?
Based on the EDISC model, there are 4 major behavioural styles.
Out of these four only one understands and lives by this sentence: Time is Money!
These people are the ones who are part of the Dominant behavioural style. Now, this is just a fancy word for someone who is very much goal-driven. Fast at making decisions. Someone who looks at the bigger picture and leads from the front. Someone who is very much outcome-driven and hates losing.
If we have to define their relationship with their time, well, time is a form of currency, this is why they will be very much annoyed if you are wasting yours, and they will be even more upset if you are wasting theirs. They appreciate precision and if you are on time. Also, they don't need you to over-explain things as that would be a waste of time.
This is why to them time is precious. And planning is essential. The only thing you should know is that their planning does not necessarily go into the finest detail. For Dominant's, planning has to cover the 'how will you get there'. What they appreciate are clear goals.
So, all in all, the D's relationship with time is very well summarised in that one saying: Time is Money.
The polar opposite to them, living life on the fast lane are the Influencers. An influencer is that person, who loves shining. Loves to be in the centre of attention. They are the life of the party and the soul of almost every great idea. They are amazing motivators.
When it comes to their relationship with time, well, they don't have one...
Time does not mean much to an I. I mean, they are painfully aware of the importance of good time management, or the power of a good plan, but the reality is that only tough deadlines get them over the line and of course, people, novelty and a good idea will always trump getting things done. This is why, they are almost always painfully late, and unless they know that they will really hurt you by not being on time, time will not be of the essence in any shape or form. All this does not mean that they can't be great at time management, it only means that it takes careful consideration and a special twist to make sure time is still aligned with their needs.
Now let's look a little bit at the Stabilisers. These guys represent a very big chunk of the population. They love a good set of rules, and they are real doers. They are nurturers. To them, being OK is important. They will always prefer safety over novelty.
What is really interesting, is that they always have enough time, yet they are always overwhelmed with the possibility that they might run out of time. This paradox often leaves them paralysed in their productivity, robbing them of precious time. They do appreciate a good plan because a well-detailed plan means things get done.
You see a stabiliser has a very special relationship with time, and there is nothing more important than understanding and working with their time so they avoid overwhelm and procrastination.
Last but not least, let's talk about the calculated Compliant people. They highly value time, but they are also ready to drop time on the altar of perfection. Yes, you guessed right, these are the systems and processes people. These are the problem solvers who will create the rulebook. The only problem is, that to them often nothing is perfect enough, causing real issues because their standards grow with the task at hand. Moving forward is not as important as producing quality work. But we have to mention, that they are the ones, who will work relentlessly until the best solution is on the table. Overall, to them, time is stretchable and will have to mould and shape in the shadow of quality.
I am sure some of you have recognised yourself in not just one of these behavioural descriptions, and I am sure you used quite a lot the phrase 'sometimes that is me'!
As I mentioned, each and everyone one of us, is made up of more then one of these behavioural styles and all of us have our unique perception of time, yet still, so many of us are boxing ourselves into one way of time management, that may completely work for let's say a Stabiliser, yet drown an Influencer.
This is why it is crucial that instead of using just classic time management we adopt the concept of time mindset instead, which can be as unique as each and every one of us, allowing us to work with our natural and perceived behaviours and deepen our understanding of ourselves, our relationship with time, which as I mentioned at the beginning of this episode, ultimately leads to more awareness and control over our actions and decision making, allowing for yourself to be your most productive and best version of yourself at all times.