Chapter 2

Understanding Experts and Masterminds

Tried and True Contrasted with Possibilities

Now let's turn our attention to the other two interactive styles. Again, let me remind you that using these two styles to contrast each other doesn't mean that they are opposites, just very different. And that difference makes it easier to explain each style. If your lowest score is in column a, you are an Expert. Experts have sensitivity to facts as defined by situations, processes, approaches, and the like, with which they have had personal experience or that they can prove to be true. In general, Experts hate inaccuracies and work very hard to not make mistakes. I knew an Expert who made a mistake in 1996, but he is still researching it because he's pretty sure he was given the wrong information.

Experts aren't stubborn; they're right!

Experts like to know exactly what is expected of them. They thrive in structured environments that have clear instructions and well-defined policies and procedures in place. They are consistent, dependable, and reliable. They may not be tactful; it depends on the type of Expert. But they are patient. Patience, in the Expert world, means sustaining your focus on a task until you have accurately completed it. They often approach life like it was a flowchart, each step critical to ensuring a successful (accurate) outcome.

If your lowest score is in column c, you are a Mastermind. The Mastermind's motto is, “If it ain't broke, break it!” Masterminds are sensitive ...

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