PXT Select™ Independence

Some people despise being micro-managed while others enjoy receiving input and direction. In the video, you’ll start to recognize the differences, along with a tip for managers who are naturally autonomous.

Independence Scale

Are you the type of person who hates to be micromanaged?  Or maybe you are the type of person who is very open to taking direction?

In this video, I am going to be talking about the PXT Select scale called Independence.  This is referring to a person’s preference for seeking guidance and instruction.

Reliant Individuals

On the left-hand side of the scale are individuals who bring a more reliant approach to their work style.  In some ways, they are easy to manage because they like to have that guidance and direction and they easily accept that input.

They can be cautious and reserved, so they prefer to have that engagement and connection with somebody to understand the work at hand.  They like to check in and have that interaction ongoing with how the work tasks are being accomplished.

Autonomous Individuals

On the other end of the scale are those who are autonomous.  They like to set their own direction.  As I mentioned earlier, they do not like to be micromanaged. They are very self-reliant, so they are not going to readily or easily seek out input.

They are much more likely to say, “Give me my goals!  Tell me what you want me to do, but not HOW you want me to do it.”

Both Methods are Capable

I find that a lot of managers do score on the side of being more autonomous.  So, one tip for you is to keep in mind that not everybody scores like you do.

It’s natural to have this impression that, “I don’t want to be micromanaged; therefore, I am not going to do that to someone who reports into me.”  But that person, in fact, may appreciate more involvement.

So understanding that person’s natural preference will allow you to work with them more effectively and, in fact, enhance their productivity even if it means more direct conversation than you think would be beneficial.

It is important to keep in mind that a person who has a reliant approach is just as capable.  Just because they want more guidance, direction and perhaps structure, does not mean they cannot accomplish the task, but the method might me different.

Having that awareness and conversation between the two parties (the employee and the manager) will help you understand where that line and that balance is to ensure that you can create the best outcomes for everybody and the work at hand.

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