Working with Other People
Learning how to cooperate with other people requires trust, empathy, shared values, and a mutual alignment of mission or vision. You can have empathy with many different people in your life, but you will only share a common mission or vision with a few.
Empathy and alignment are a powerful combination that leads to connection and cooperation. When both are in place you are able to explore the full depths of mutuality with regard to your collective desire to find personal fulfilment in the world. Trust builds confidence; empathy builds connection, and alignment builds action. When you have confidence, empathy and alignment with someone you are able to mutually leverage your talents and energies to increase your collective impact on the world in a manner that brings fulfilment to all parties.
There are five important aspects of our characters that determine how we interact with the world and how well suited we are to working with other people.
- Extroversion: At one end of the scale there are extroverts who direct their energy outward towards other people, and things outside themselves. At the other end of the scale there are introverts, who are more reflective and direct their energy inward towards themselves.
- Emotionality: At one end of this scale, people are sensitive to what is happening, have emotional reactions to situations, and easily get stressed. At the other end of this scale, people remain calm to what is happening around them, taking things in their stride.
- Thoroughness: At one end of this scale, people have the ability to focus on many things at once but may easily get distracted. At the other end of this scale, people have the ability to focus on one thing, and see it through to conclusion.
- Openness: At one end of this scale, people like change and are fascinated by what is new and innovative and do not have rigid views about what is right and wrong. At the other end of this scale, people prefer structure and stability, and generally have fixed ideas about what is right and wrong.
- Agreeableness: At one end of this scale, people are empathetic in nature and considerate to others, being willing to help in any way they can. At the other end of this scale, people are strong willed and independent, preferring to go it alone without involving other people.
People who score more highly on extroversion, openness and agreeableness, tend to find it relatively easy to form relationships and work well with other people. It is important to know where you are situated on these scales.