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Productivity Personas

Productivity Personas

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I wrote a post on Productivity Personas at Sources of Insight.  It's simply a way to identify and label some common behaviors you see in yourself and others when it comes to producing results.  Once you know the personas, you can effectively switch hats and use the right personas for the job.  Using these personas, you can also better analyze team performance.  For example, if you have a bunch of "starters" but no "finishers" you might be in trouble bringing things to closure.  Here's a list of the personas:

  • Starter
  • Finisher
  • Thinker
  • Doer
  • Simplifier
  • Maximizer
  • Critic
  • Can do
  • Opportunist
  • Perfectionist
  • Details
  • Big Picture
  • Facts and figures
  • Controller
  • Tinkerer
  • Marketer
  • Achiever
  • Randomizer
  • Daydreamer
  • Procrastinator

For a quick summary of the personas, check out Productivity Personas.

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