It took you years to figure out what best works for yourself. If you’ll ever find out. Let alone that others know how to collaborate and communicate with you. You can settle this once and for all by writing your own Personal User Manual.
You are not a product, so it’s not about writing a product manual. It’s deconstructed how you operate optimally, when you might malfunction, and how others could use you to achieve their greatest success.
What steps to take for the practice
You can do this on your own, but it’s even more powerful if you do this with your team.
Answer questions like this, but don’t let you limit yourself by these questions:
These are my core qualities
How do I prefer to communicate
How I would like to receive feedback
Conditions I’d like to work in (how I operate optimally)
How others could use me to achieve their greatest success
Things I struggle with
Other things you should know about me
If you are in a team, shuffle the manuals and let your teammates read your manual. Before you do that, discuss upfront if you want to receive feedback and what kind of feedback;
If you received feedback, choose whether you want to update your manual or leave it as it is.
Optional you can share your “Manual to me” with your spouse, and learn from his/her feedback.
From now on, if someone is contacting you in the wrong manner, you can shout “RTFM” :-D.
You’ll get to know yourself better;
When you do this in a team, you’ll also get to know each other a lot better. And it’s fun to do;
When you know how someone works, you can create guidelines within your team. This will make your team more productive.
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