The Thinking & Acting Styles create combinations that predict how people will apply their styles when communicating with others (including when they’re in leadership roles!). The Four Primary Communication Styles are: CHANGERS, PERFORMERS, CONSERVATORS, & PERFECTORS.
The Changers Changers combine the creative thought power of Innovators with the bold action orientation of Stimulators. Changers take new ideas & work to make them happen by implementation. They create change through experimentation instead of analysis, preferring to implement first & fine tune later. Changers tend to be free-thinking “sparkplugs” driven to act on new ideas.
Their communication style is: “Great idea; let’s try it!”
The Perfectors Perfectors combine the creative thought power of Innovators with the powerful analysis & investigation skills of Analyzers. Whereas Changers will implement first & fine tune later, Innovators take a new idea & “try it on for size” in their minds. They tend to appraise, refine, & perfect before implementation. They are free thinkers drawn to new ideas, but will be cautious to act before assessing probable outcomes & understanding the details.
Their communication style is: “Great idea; let’s think about it.”
The Performers Performers take the bold acting style of Stimulators & marry it with the structured acting style of Processors. The result is a person can take proposed systems & processes & implements them—now. They are the “doers” in organizations; the “go-to” people who can be counted on to act & lead according to management’s game plan, especially in a crisis.
They are structured thinkers whose communication style is: “Here’s the plan. Let’s do it now!”
The Conservators Like their Performer colleagues, Conservators prefer the structured acting style of Processors combined with the analysis skills of Analyzers. The result is a person who can take existing systems & procedures & improve them through careful, incremental actions that have been thoroughly assessed for consequences. Their talent is an ability to analyze the familiar & apply structured thinking to improve it. These are the “rock solid” people in organizations who you can rely on to manage important processes that, for example, result in certification of professionals & drugs, & issuance of governmental permits.
Their communication style can be summarized in the statement, “Let’s work to improve the current plan.”
What’s your style?