Are you an agent for change? Do you leap before you look? Do you more often than not trust your gut when making decisions? If you answered yes to all three, you my friend are an innovator.
Innovators are right brain dominant. They approach tasks from unsuspected angles. They are comfortable living “outside of the box” when looking for solutions. They live in the grey area.
Is the status quo pretty good for you? Do you analyze the situation completely before making a decision? Do you need supporting evidence to validate your reasoning? If you answered yes to all three, you my friend are an adaptor.
Adaptors are left brain dominant. They approach tasks from tried and true perspectives. They seek solutions to problems in already understood ways. They abhor the grey area.
If you are an innovator, everything I described in the adaptor section probably drives you nuts. Same holds true with the adaptor side of things.
Expect it and accept it.
Here is the deal though. If you know which side of the spectrum you are on, you better find balance with someone on the other side. They may drive you nuts, but you need them.
Change for the sake of just making change is not a sound way to manage your business. Conversely, staying with the status quo just because “we have always done it this way” isn’t ideal either.
Why was Spock so good for Kirk?
Why do you think McCain named Palin as his VP candidate? Obama and Biden?
Because it works.
So, the first step in the process is to identify who you are. Once you do that, finding the opposite is easy.
Your company will not only survive, but thrive if you pay attention to the push and pull, the yin and yang, the Phineas and Ferb of both innovators and adaptors.