These practical tips should give you ideas for things to ‘do’ and ‘not to do’ with your team, friends, and family. It’ll help you maintain the best relationships with each of the bird types you have in your life and help you maintain the best relationships, no matter the context.
Make sure you know your bird type, as this will reveal a lot to you. Jump down to the red form and fill in your details, first. Now, let’s talk bird type relationship ‘rules.’
Accept the fact that they like talking about themselves
Understand that they exaggerate everything and are emotional
Appreciate they like to touch, cuddle and have fun
Accept the fact that they’re unorganised
When they’re down, they’re really down.
Expect them to take a logical approach
Lock them into repetitious tasks and environments
Assume them to be good listeners
Think they’ll let you have the last word
Tie them into staying home.
Reassure their sense of belonging
Provide a happy and stable environment
Try to eliminate any perceived risks of change
Understand that they’re emotional and sentimental
Be kind and understanding
Accept the fact that people’s feelings are more important to them than getting the job done
Give them appreciation for who they are, as well as what they can do.
Change their normal patterns of doing things.
Expect them to be comfortable in making decisions, taking risks or dealing with unfriendly people
Put them in a high-pressure environment
Praise or flatter in public; it’s embarrassing to them
Question their loyalty, ever.
Let them be, or appear to be, in control
Keep conversations brief and to the point
Appreciate that discipline rules their lives
Let them feel free to get results
Accept the fact that their career comes first
Understand that they are highly competitive.
Expect them to be good listeners or patient
Offer long-winded explanations, excuses or conversations
Assume them to be timid in the face of argument
Break a promise or commitment to them.
Be upset by their sarcasm or knife-edged comments.
Be sensitive to their need for solitude
Give them plenty of time to make decisions
Appreciate they would rather stay home than go out
Communicate in a slower structured way
Be fussy about details
Take an intellectual approach
Accept the fact that tasks come before people.
Try and push them into quick decisions
Suggest anything that may appear (to them) risky
Expect them to be comfortable in an unpredictable environment or with displays of emotion
Be unclear. They need specifics.
Assume they’ll be optimistic. They’ll always give you several excellent reasons why something won’t work or can’t be done.
Invite them out or try to socialise a lot with them. They’re not big partygoers.