Rapp'ERS, What Type Of Collaborator Are You?

9 Questions | Total Attempts: 75

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Are you the Executive? Socialite? Or could you be the Dinosaur? Take this short quiz to find out!


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Socialite

(Click to view larger image.) You're the social maven. Socialites are storytellers and connectors. Sharing project details and updates comes as second nature to Socialites because they are more than used to sharing on a regular basis via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, MySpace, LinkedIn, Tumblr… you get the point. The Socialite always has a newly updated status, helps carry on conversations and encourages others to engage. Socialites are great for easing those who are less accustomed to open communication into being more social. Strengths: You're one of the heavyweight users of the system. Your enthusiasm is contagious and pulls others into the conversation. Socialites tend to have better relations across departments and teams and be more influential as a result. Caution: TMI. You tend to share too much information - from what you had for lunch to the color socks you're wearing - and it can alienate all-business-all-the-time users. Be mindful not to get busy with too many water-cooler conversations that distract others. A good balance between relationship-building conversations and work is key. Compatibility: Your natural ally is the Ringleader who likes to engage in lively discussions. You're also very compatible with the Taskmaster who may annoy you from time to time, but helps keep you grounded and focused. Fun facts: Favorite gadget: Never leaves home without her smart phone Song: Friday - Rebecca Black Hashtag: #iTweet Get the infographic

Taskmaster

(Click to view larger image.) You bring organization to the chaos. Taskmasters may err on the OCD side or simply be organized to an extreme. No detail is too small, no action item goes unassigned and no audit log unread. The Taskmaster is operationally focused, using collaboration tools fully to execute on project plans. The Taskmaster is the one you can expect will follow up with a task list of action items five minutes after your call ends (and you’re grateful for it!). Strengths: The Taskmaster keeps projects on schedule by reinforcing accountability. You assign tasks, milestones and deadlines that keep everyone organized. You give others peace of mind because they know you're on top of it. Caution: Your get-things-done mindset can be overbearing for some. Your focus on efficiency can clash with workers who prefer unstructured, ad-hoc ways of collaborating. Keep in mind that some of the best ideas are born from ad-hoc brainstorms and expect deviations from some plans. Compatibility: You are most compatible with the Executive who appreciates your no-nonsense approach to getting things done in a timely, organized and efficient manner. Your meticulousness keeps the Executive informed of project progress at a moment's notice simply by logging in to see how you're tracking against your milestones. Fun facts: Song: Taking Care of Business - Bachman Turner Overdrive Lucky day: Sunday night (in preparation for the week) Hashtag: #gtd Get the infographic

Siloist

(Click to view larger image.) You're your own private island. The Siloist enjoys working alone and is reluctant to share only because he or she is not used to it. Siloists tend to be a bit absent from the workspaces they’re part of and like to do most work offline. Siloists are most at risk of losing files and work because they prefer not to save and backup regularly to the cloud – and they are also always the last to realize, if ever at all, that the intranet is down. Strengths: Your ideas are well thought-out and fully baked when you share them with the team. Caution: To avoid Stealth Ninjas, you tend to save your files locally rather than uploading them to the cloud. This decentralizes information and puts you at risk of losing your files and not having access remotely when needed. Your absence in the workplace community means you may not develop strong relationships across other teams and departments and you may duplicate work or miss out on important updates if you're not plugged in. Compatibility: You are most compatible with the Socialite and the Ringleader who draw you into discussions without being domineering or threatening. Fun facts: Song: Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode Lucky day: Middle of any night Hashtag: #AllByMyself Get the infographic

Skeptic

(Click to view larger image.) Nothing gets by you. The Skeptic always questions the value and soundness of initiatives and can be a somewhat vocal opponent to collaboration if it doesn't pass the sniff test. Skeptics can sometimes be detractors if they decentralize knowledge and communication when refusing to the use the collaboration workspace. There is hope for Skeptics, though, as they can ultimately be won over if convinced that the WIIFM (What’s in it for me?) quotient is high enough. Strengths: Your critical eyes see all, and you bring up legitimate pain points and use cases to your system administrator. You force admins to routinely re-examine and optimize the collaboration system and how it's aligned with business processes. And once someone wins you over, your opinion carries a lot of weight with others because they know you don't blindly jump on the bandwagon. Caution: If you dig your heels in, your refusal to embrace collaboration can decentralize information and hinder your team's progress and productivity.You can also be difficult to work with at times if you're always questioning. Compatibility: The Skeptic is highly compatible with the Expert. You are both very analytical and critical thinkers, and the Expert often has answers to the Skeptic's many question. Be careful with the Dinosaur. The two of you might band together in mutual distrust of a new initiative without giving it an opportunity to prove itself out. Fun facts: Song: Question! - System of a Down Quirk: Never believed in the tooth fairy, but took the money anyway Hashtag: #QuestionEverything Get the infographic

Ringleader

(Click to view larger image.) You're the big-idea person. The Ringleader is anything but a behind-the-scenes person. Ringleaders begin lots of discussions, bookmark interesting content and add thought-provoking comments to discussions and files. Their creative energy seeps into and influences team members across all  departments. Strengths: You get people thinking and get them fired up when they collectively arrive at "aha" moments. As a power collaborator, you set the tone for how your organization should be using a collaboration system. Caution: You like to share a lot of new information and push people to think outside the box, which can lead to information overload for some users who like to work in a more structured or narrowly focused way. Compatibility: The Ringleader draws the Executive into the types of discussions that help move the needle forward for the organization. Both the Ringleader and the Executive are visionaries who rally the troops with Ringleaders making the collaboration system their pulpits. Fun facts: Song: Circus - Britney Spears Hashtag: #fistbump Get the infographic

Executive

(Click to view larger image.) You're the leader of the wolfpack. The Executive is usually a decision-maker in your company or department who has limited time, yet wants or needs to be involved at a high level. Speed, efficiency and convenience are of utmost importance to The Executive, who prefers to communicate feedback and final decisions via email rather than logging into a system. When The Executive does log in, the purpose is usually to take in the status of various projects as opposed to actively engaging or working on a project at a detail level. Strengths: You make informed decisions quickly because you can access all the information you need without having to ask for it. You can give approvals and comments easily, which prevents bottlenecks for your teams.Your no-nonsense style puts inefficient processes under a microscope and helps refine collaboration processes and system configuration. Caution: You don't get deeply involved in any of the workspaces, so you may never become a power user. Spend more time in the system contributing, commenting and sharing to set an example for the rest of your team. Compatibility: You work well with the Expert who loves a challenge and is the ultimate problem-solver. Fun facts: Song: Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears Lucky day: Monday morning Hashtag: #likeaboss Get the infographic  

Expert

(Click to view larger image.) You are the collaboration champion. The Expert is the go-to person for questions about collaboration technology and best practices in your organization. The Expert looks beyond the normal file-sharing and project management capabilities of a collaboration solution and finds interesting and innovative ways to automate his or her work by leveraging sophisticated workflows, databases and other advanced features. Borderline geek, Experts are always experimenting, sharing new hacks on the intranet, and custom coding to create the coolest-looking workspaces on the block. Oh, and they usually have the most interesting desk toys and gadgets. Strengths: You're able to translate technology into real business value and troubleshoot just about any problem. Caution: You might occasionally run short on patience for new users and late adopters. Be patient, and place yourself in the shoes of the average user. (You were once in their shoes, too!) Technology is useless if people aren't using it, so pay extra attention to helping new users with training and user adoption. Compatibility: You dazzle the Executive with your ability to convert problems into opportunities. The Ringleader, Socialite and Taskmaster are the power users of the system who help you move your collaboration initiative forward with other users. Fun facts: Song: I Saved the World Today - Eurythmics Hashtag: #nerdsarecool Get the infographic

Dinosaur

(Click to view larger image.) You're the one without a smartphone. The Dinosaur is not the most tech-savvy person in the organization. A creature of habit and uncomfortable with new ways of doing things, the Dinosaur tends to stick to traditional methods of work. While the Expert might equate managing projects by email to banging two rocks together to create fire, the Dinosaur prefers to be cloaked in this sanctuary of status quo. The Dinosaur does not embrace a new tool without some encouragement, so it’s extremely important that the collaboration solution be simple and intuitive. Strengths: You've gathered a wealth of information and experience over the years. You do what makes sense and never use technology for technology's sake or for the coolness factor. Tools are meant to make your job easier, so you force champions to place ease of use as a high priority and cut out unnecessary steps or procedures. Caution: You possess tribal knowledge, but you have a hard time sharing it with others and don't consider yourself the most tech-savvy kid on the block. Try creating a knowledgebase and documenting your tips and best practices. This boosts your team's knowledge and saves you the headache of repeating things over and over again. Compatibility: You are compatible with the Expert who can show you the fastest and easiest way to get things done - that is, if the Expert has the patience to guide you through it. Be careful with the Skeptic. The two of you might band together in mutual distrust of a new initiative without giving it an opportunity to prove itself out. Fun facts: Song: Leave me Alone - Michael Jackson Lucky day: Sunday morning Hashtag: #backintheday Get the infographic

Stealth Ninja

(Click to view larger image.) You're the master of collaboration incognito. A covert collaborator, the Stealth Ninja is the one who lurks, quietly moving from workspace to workspace viewing other people’s work that piques their interest. Stealth Ninjas are usually the first to view a file, even if they’re not a part of the team. They usually abstain from commenting unless absolutely necessary with the only evidence of their presence an entry on the audit log. Strengths: You understand what's going on across the company at all times. You're always willing to lend an extra set of eyes and fresh perspective. Caution: An extra set of eyes can be perceived as intrusive or as a lack of confidence in the content originator's abilities, potentially ruffling feathers. Try to stick to solicited and constructive feedback. Compatibility: The Stealth Ninja personality is most compatible with the Ringleader, who complements your low-profile work style with his or her ability to energize and sway a crowd. You may experience difficulties working with the Siloist, who prefers to keep his or her work offline where you can't peek at it. Fun facts: Favorite song: Every Breath You Take - The Police Lucky day: Shhh. It's a secret. Hashtag: #silentbutdeadly Get the infographic
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      The Onion

    • B. 

      Work-related apps

    • C. 

      TED

    • D. 

      Words with Friends

    • E. 

      Remember the Milk

    • F. 

      Solitaire

    • G. 

      I don't have a smartphone.

    • H. 

      Facebook

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      MythBusters

    • B. 

      Shark Tank

    • C. 

      Girls

    • D. 

      The Big Bang Theory

    • E. 

      Law & Order

    • F. 

      Supernanny

    • G. 

      House

    • H. 

      The Biggest Loser

    • I. 

      Big Brother

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      Plan my list of priorities for the week

    • B. 

      Check out my RSS feeds on Google Reader

    • C. 

      Let people know what I did over the weekend

    • D. 

      Pull project stats and head to my meeting

    • E. 

      Browse through the intranet to see what happened over the weekend

    • F. 

      Head straight for my cubicle and put in my earphones

    • G. 

      Read the newspaper - in print

    • H. 

      Share the interesting weekend news from the news sites

    • I. 

      Question people about their weekend

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      If it's not assigned to me, I have other things to be working on.

    • B. 

      I'd take a look and offer some constructive feedback or ask questions.

    • C. 

      Look at who's subscribed, check the audit log, then maybe take a peek.

    • D. 

      Avoid it. Looks like a virus to me.

    • E. 

      What file? Where?

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      I'm more of a listener than a talker.

    • B. 

      Immediately.

    • C. 

      I need to do some research first and make up my pros and cons list.

    • D. 

      I don't like to get caught up in all that jibber-jabber. I'll stall as long as I can.

    • E. 

      Depends. What's my deadline?

    • F. 

      Is that a fancy word for email?

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Eat, sleep, tweet. That's my motto.

    • B. 

      I like to share relevant articles and other cool things I find.

    • C. 

      I use it to stay on top of what's trending and the latest breaking news.

    • D. 

      I use it as a listening tool.

    • E. 

      Not very active. How do I know any of this is accurate or factual?

    • F. 

      Not at all. I don't like people knowing my business.

    • G. 

      What's a Twitter?

  • 7. 
    • A. 

      I ask a lot of questions and present arguments if something doesn't make sense.

    • B. 

      I keep the meeting on track, take notes, and assign action items.

    • C. 

      I bring my phone so I can check Facebook or text message when it gets boring.

    • D. 

      I usually run the meeting.

    • E. 

      I come up with a lot of new ideas.

    • F. 

      I just wait for it to be over.

    • G. 

      I usually offer advice based on previous experience.

    • H. 

      I like to listen and take it all in before I give my two cents.

    • I. 

      I bring my tablet and multitask.

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      Critical - nothing gets by you

    • B. 

      Analytical - it's all about problem-solving

    • C. 

      Decisive - someone needs to take charge

    • D. 

      Motivational - bringing out the best in others

    • E. 

      Meticulous - great eye for detail

    • F. 

      Friendly - the more, the merrier

    • G. 

      Curious - you like to know what's going on

    • H. 

      Private - you like to keep to yourself

    • I. 

      Consistent - you enjoy routine

  • 9. 
    • A. 

      In your head

    • B. 

      Lots of sticky notes

    • C. 

      Day planner

    • D. 

      Online task list, spreadsheet or project plan

    • E. 

      Shared calendars

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