People come and go so quickly these days that you don’t get to know them well enough to build a relationship before they are history. Plus, you have no idea whether or not those who do stick around understand their jobs the same way you understand yours.
Adding to the difficulty is the rising level of hostility that has replaced civility in many workplaces. The resulting frustration has placed a strain on relationships. Such antagonistic behavior is not only bothersome; it is also highly disruptive to the normal flow of work.
A Doer sometimes feels as if he or she is the only one who is able to cope with these distractions and still do you job right. Sandwiched in between the challenge of doing their work well and finding others to work well with, is the Doer’s feeling that nobody higher up seems to notice or care.
Doers understand the need to get the job done right despite the difficulty they may face trying to get along with those around them. Any time Doers stop to think about their feelings towards the people in their work setting, personalities are bound to get in the way.
Doers understand also why it is so hard to work with someone they do not know, do not like, or do not trust.
Rather than groaning about how difficult it is to get along, adopt the Doer mindset and remember that the only thing that really matters to your boss is how well you do your job.
The greatest value you can add to your organization is to think like a Doer and develop the ability to work well with others.
The reason you were hired is to help the enterprise make the highest and best use of limited resources. It is not who you are that counts; it is what you do that truly matters.
Doers measure their success in terms of their ability to get things done through others, which means that they will be expected to achieve results regardless of how well they along with their coworkers.
A Doer knows that relationships must be formed quickly and produce measurable outcomes in short order. Seldom is there enough time to truly get to know a colleague before you are both called to action. The work needs to get done regardless of how you feel about each other.
Although it is not easy, you can learn to work collaboratively like a Doer does with almost anyone once you accept that people bring differing points of view to the same task.
Seeing things differently is just one of many barriers that drive people apart when they should be pulling together. Breaking down these barriers and forming collaborative relationships requires that you consider new ways of thinking about those who do not agree with you. In other words think like a Doer and concentrate on getting things done.