Open question: Are you a certain type of Connector?

by Celeste Hamilton Dennis on June 16, 2014

Over the past few months, we've learned that the Idealist Network appeals to you for a myriad of reasons: empowering others, spreading good ideas, and filling in the gaps where needed—just to name a few.

Each of you brings something unique to the table, and nowhere is this more apparent than in your Teams.

At a recent meeting in Portland, Oregon, both a Connector and Idealist developer Craig Dennis noticed that while you all have the desire to connect in common, you’re likely a certain type of Connector.

“I noticed it in response to the question, ‘What tools do you need?’ It caused people to verbalize what their view of the Connector role was based on their personality type,” Craig says. “It was interesting to see this resonating so strongly with the skills they use all the time in their own lives.”

Here are the types he noticed:

  • Cheerleader. “This idea is so awesome! Let’s tell everyone about it!”
  • Facilitator. “Tell me what you’re thinking.”
  • Doer. “I don’t want to talk. I want to act.”
  • Professional. “I know a lot of people. Just tell me what you need.”
  • Observer. “Here’s what I see happening here.”
  • Scribe. “Let’s get this information down so we can share it with others.”
In Craig’s opinion, identifying types in your Team can be beneficial.

“In a group situation, everyone has different skills to bring and it’s important to realize this. There are a lot of ways to connect. And the more you have of the different types, the more connections will be possible,” he says.

This list is by no means comprehensive or official but it got us thinking: have you noticed types within your own Team? What type do you identify with? What’s missing from our list?

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