User manual for me

Conditions I like to work in:

  • Creative spaces with energy where teams can work together to explore ideas and solve problems.
  • Quiet places with no distractions where I can focus.

Times/hours I like to work:

  • I like to start early and do my best critical/logical thinking earlier in the day.
  • Afternoons and evenings are better for more creative thinking and problem solving.
  • I’m pretty much a 24/7 kind of person, so if I’m not working I’ll be studying, reading, writing, doing other kinds of work, etc., and don’t mind switching context.

The best ways to communicate with me (in order of preference) are:

  • Face to face, especially in groups, is best for getting to a clear and shared understanding so if it’s anything that requires some different opinions
  • Any chat app (Slack, Teams, Twitter) is good for quick discussions and Q&A. I’m online most of the day and happy to chat anytime.
  • Group video calls, alright if everyone else is doing it. 
  • Email is ok. I try to keep my emails under control every day.
  • Phone is fine, but usually means something urgent needs to be discussed.

The ways I like to receive feedback:

  • I’m a believer in fast feedback loops and course correction so I’d rather get feedback as soon as possible and frequently. 
  • If I’m not getting feedback I’m not going to assume that everything I’m doing is great and will try to find ways to elicit some sense of what people expect and whether I’m meeting those expectations.

Things I need:

  • A challenge. I like to get absorbed in understanding and solving problems.
  • Something important to contribute to.
  • To feel like I’m making progress and improving things.

Things I struggle with:

  • Being bored. Repetitive work with no means of progression or outcome to achieve frustrates me. If I have to do this kind of work I’ll find ways to optimise it until I can find a reason not to do it.
  • Not understanding how it all fits together. 
  • Accepting the status quo and not questioning everything at every level.
  • Accepting that not everyone wants to experiment, try out new ways of working, or move as fast as I sometimes do.

Things I love:

  • Learning and thinking about new things.
  • Working as part of a team.
  • Abstract complex ideas.

Other things to know about me:

  • I’m an introvert, which doesn’t mean I don’t like talking to people, it means I often need time alone to collect my thoughts and connect new information with things I’ve previously thought and validate assumptions I’ve made.
  • My Myers-Briggs type is INTJ, which means I’m into systems and strategy, logical reasoning and complex problem-solving, and enjoy looking for possibilities for improvement.
  • My Insights personality type is Reforming-Observer, which means I’m committed, determined, independent.
  • Sometimes I get excited about exploring ideas and talk fast. I head off in my own direction of thinking and don’t always take others along with me.
  • I can sometimes be too persistent in asking questions to fill gaps in my knowledge and I get that this can come across as being pedantic.