2020 revealed a lot to us, particularly the environment we work best in. While some people thrived working from home, others yearned for the dynamics of in-person sessions.
Doves for example, one of the four tick bird types, love feeling like they belong. They need that team environment to inspire, motivate, and propel themselves forward. Eagles, on the other hand, are okay as long as they’re in control.
Do you know which one of the four Tick bird types you are yet? If not, jump right to the end of this article. Yep, right now.
Once you know preferences based on your personality, it’s important to consider the various ways in which we learn.
While we’re not going to shoebox every single student into these categories, it’s good to know the main styles you can construct your days.
> Visual: Using photos, images, colours, mind maps, and diagrams.
> Physical: Embracing physical objects, drawing diagrams or role-playing.
> Verbal: Audio learning helps to retain information.
> Aural: Music, rhythms, recordings, clever rhymes and other types of sound help.
> Logical: Systems, reasoning and logic to understand concepts. Hello Owls!
> Social: Group situations and engagement is more effective. There’s a ‘feeding’ off one another. Hi Doves.
> Solitary: Self-study and learning alone.
It’s easy to place stories on our capabilities based on these learning styles and personality types. An Eagle, for example, aren’t good listeners. Therefore, one might assume they’re not a good worker.
When, in fact, they just need to feel free to get results and need to be in a competitive environment to thrive.
And Owls probably work better alone, in a slow and structured way. This doesn’t mean they’re ‘bad’ in the office. They just work to the beat of their own drum – and this should be honoured. If you can lean into the strengths of each team member, rather than fight their natural ways, you’ll improve productivity and positivity, ten-fold.
There’s no better time than now, with the turn of the New Year (and as we settle back into work, post-COVID), to empower your people. Start by taking the Tick personality test to discover the array of bird types you have. Then, re-jig your set-up to celebrate these personality traits.