By Jamie Zertuche and Ashley Guadarrama
You are about to embark on a training journey! This training will be different. It will not be as teacher-directed as most training environments. You will be asked to self-assess, set goals, take risks, and reflect throughout the training. It is important to have a growth mindset and exercise autonomy.
Did you know that understanding your tendency can help you predict your training experience?
How would you answer the question, “How do I respond to expectations?” The Four Tendencies may help you uncover how you feel about new situations.
If you’d like to find out if you’re an Upholder, a Questioner, an Obliger, or a Rebel, take this quiz.
The Obliger tendency makes up 41% of people. If you aren’t one, you are probably sitting next to one. Obligers readily accept what is asked of them and easily meet deadlines and say yes to requests. Other tendencies do well with the help of this tendency to stick to the task and get things done. They put others before themselves and are often described as people pleasers.
Questions/Thoughts you may have in Training
Strategies that help Obligers Succeed in Training
The questioner tendency makes up 24% of people. Questioners love information, data, and efficiency. They question outer expectations, not as a way of rebellion, but to ensure that what they are being asked to do is not arbitrary or ineffective. They can turn their outer expectations into inner expectations if they agree with the intent and impact of the actions. They are constantly researching and may be the friend who is always sharing interesting articles for your reading pleasure.
However, with their strength of constantly searching for meaning and relevance comes a weakness of impatience and inability to accept closure on unsettled matters or unanswered questions.
Strategies that help Questioner Succeed in Training
The Upholder tendency makes up 19% of people. Upholders can be great teammates, colleagues, bosses, and friends. They don’t need reminders or monitoring. Their strength of self-motivation and meeting inner and outer expectations helps with moving forward on implementing big ideas. They are independent and reliable.
However, with this strength comes a weakness of compliance without heart. In the classroom setting, an Upholder teacher may implement with fidelity but without a heart for the process.
Strategies that help Upholder Succeed in Training
The rebel tendencys makes up the smallest portion of the population at 17%. They do not conform to the norms of society and are free spirits and independent thinkers. They resist all expectations; inner and outer. They like freedom and want to make their own decisions on what, when, and how they do things. Rebels do things because they want to do them. Giving them choice and freedom is key to make a successful rebel. Because rebels are independent and creative thinkers, they tend to resist or are uncooperative when asked to complete a task.
Strategies that help Rebel Succeed in Training
What is your Tendency? How will you use it to your advantage during training or professional development?
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What a fantastic, self-reflective resource this is! Thank you, ladies, for sharing.
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