Are you a Freak, have OCD, or just Methodical?
In the fast paced world of constant news and information overload we are often confronted with labels and claims that makes us shake our heads as we stop and think about them.
To gain attention things are taken to extremes, even if they don’t deserve it. There are now “Neat-Freaks” and it appears every child that does not get all “A”s in school or is a little behind the curve has OCD.
If you want to get a better look at how this manifests in the real world, take a look at this
Now that is OCD!
We can’t tell if someone with these attributes can be called OCD and should be treated with medication when it is in a more organized form. See for yourself:
What we do know is that, people have different styles and preferences.
One of these style attributes is called “Methodical” in our approach to style differentiation. In the day to day work of a business this means that people who are very methodical prefer to base their decisions on numbers, spreadsheets, graphs, and formulas. They hesitate to act when they have the impression that they don’t have all the data they deem necessary.
Folks who are methodical are often happy with routines that bring them to work at a certain predictable time of the day, have them take lunch at a certain time, apply a certain way to write their emails and conduct meetings, etc.
I was mulling over this subject matter relative to an experience that happened to me a while ago.
It was August 2012 and I was involved in a big project for a Pharma company. We had just completed the design and implementation of a new process. The development had been very methodical, looking at what was done in the past; how much time and resources the new approach would save, what it would take to describe it and finally how to train the employees affected in the application of the new way of review.
When several hundred employees had been trained it became clear that my team and I could not be there all the time and a way to train new hires in the future was needed. The client requested for us to develop a computer-based E-learning solution so that training could happen on an individual basis whenever needed.
I recruited a very talented artist who came up with a wonderful proposal, showing sketches, describing the approach, giving examples, and using a story to show the client how a trainees would connect to a character and then learn the new approach while progressing through the maze of content that needed to be learned.
It was a glorious description on 65 pages!
After I submitted the document I did not hear from them for weeks. Upon inquiring, the responsible people who had actually requested the proposal kept saying that they had not had time to review what I had sent.
Two more months went by. One day, after much patience, I was informed that the decision maker was not sure if he wanted to move forward and had voiced some disappointment regarding our submission.
I decided to pick up the phone [I know it is an old-fashioned-way] and call.
Ben told me that he could not find a connection to the proposal and felt it missed the mark. When I asked him to elaborate on his thoughts, he told me; “You know, I liked your previous work. It was very clear, to the point. I knew exactly what I was going to get, the length of the project, what it would cost, and what the benefit will be. With thing “Thing” I don’t really know what to make out of it, and honestly, by page 20 I put it aside because my head hurt.”
He, being a methodical person — getting a proposal from an artist and was finding it hard to see what he was looking at and what to look for in it.
I turned to my artist for help and boiled down what he told me into a 1-½ page executive summary with dates, milestones, costs, and technical requirements. I knew if I sent this document to Ben, he’ll see exactly what he was wanting to see.
As I had anticipated … Voila!
A few hours later I got an email from Ben telling me: “I understand what you propose – told Tammy to allocate the funds. Keep me posted on the progress towards milestone #1. Best regards – Ben”
Ben has a certain methodical way of conducting his business and make decisions.
Am I saying he is not flexible? No.
He is just used to base his decision on information and data he is comfortable working with and the report form my artist was foreign to him, even though it provided much more detail and information than the short summary.
The lesson one learns about a methodical person is that; you want to know what kind of style you are and which kind of style do you prefer working with or learn to work with to avoid confusions, conflicts and misunderstandings.
Here’s where you can easily find out your style. Taking our free assessments to learn who you are and who are dealing with in your day-to-day business dealings.
You not only want to know your style but also learn what styles people around you prefer. Based on that, you can feed them the information they can best accept to move forward.
In addition to all this, it will make the relationship you have with them better and – don’t forget – you might have people reporting to you and if you don’t tell them that you are methodical, or if you have more of an artistic side or enjoy being a team player – we call them considerate – they won’t know. In such an event, it becomes increasingly hard to serve you for the best outcome and fastest progress in your organization, department or division.
It does not take a freak, or being OCD to be an organized person. All you are or the one you are encountering can simply be an Analytical / Methodical, left-brain person and it is for you to find out.
Knowledge is power and knowledge about yourself and those around you will bread success for you and your team. We have made it easy for you to gain this advantage.
Just use the link below and take the assessment.