Home' micenet eMag : micenet October November 2015 Contents WORKPLACE CULTURE | LYNNE SCHINELLA
enerally, these are people who
are different to us and don’t
do things the way we want
them to. And this lack of
understanding and respect for our differences
leads to miscommunication, lack of trust,
increased stress and ultimately a decline in
But to get better at this requires work. On
our part. Because no one will change for you.
Let me repeat that. NO ONE WILL CHANGE
We’re different in many ways; from gender
to generation, from culture to abilities. But
here I want to focus on a fundamental
difference: our personality or behavioural
Way back in ancient Greece Hippocrates
came up with a theory that there were four
thinking parts in our brain, each designed to
think in a particular way, which each one of
us had a leaning towards. Your preference
was dictated by your balance of bodily fluids
– black bile, yellow bile, phlegm and blood.
What’s amazing is that all these years later,
this theory, which was the basis for all
personality/behavioural profiling you would
have done still holds. From studying live
brains we now know that there are four
thinking parts in the brain. Each corresponding
to Hippocrates’ theory and each of us has a
preference for which one we use.
At Ripe, we call them Apples, Mangoes,
Limes and Bananas.
The greatest cause of stress in the workplace
is other people, explains Lynne Schinella.
Now these four fruit varieties have a propensity to get up each others noses sometimes,
purely because of the different ways we approach life.
• Apple comes to work on a Monday, walks past everyone’s desk with none or minimal
conversation and into their office
• Mango comes to work late, swanning in with tales of conquest and fabulousness on the weekend
• Lime arrives before they need to be there. Desk neat. Coffee purchased and weekend chit
chat relegated to a specific time before actual work must start
• Banana arrives armed with muffins they baked at home and by 10am are still chatting about
the boys’ soccer game and commiserating with Mango on their newly dented car
And it’s only Monday morning.
But all is not as it seems.
The reason Apple doesn’t say good morning is not because she hates you, it’s because she’s
at work to do a job. Don’t take it personally. She’s just there to get a result.
Mango loves to tell lots of stories, usually about himself, and the truth is he can be pretty
funny. But behind the self-deprecating stories mask a desire to be liked and to make other
people laugh. He wants to make life as much fun for you as it always is for him.
Lime is not being cold when she doesn’t take part in all the laughter and chit chat. She is
deep in thought over the problem we had last Friday and working on an analysis that will ensure
it won’t happen again. Because she’s driven by a need for things to be right, and stable.
Banana loves to talk, that’s for sure. But behind all the chatter is a genuine desire to learn
about you, how you operate, what your problems are. That way he’s building rapport and a
long-term relationship so that we can all work more collaboratively and without conflict.
Apple thinks they’re being efficient. We see rude.
Mango thinks they’re funny. We see show off.
Lime thinks they’re dedicated. We see aloof.
Banana thinks they’re friendly. We see talkative time waster.
Taking the time to learn about others’ differences helps us to get the most from them and to
work more effectively. You don’t have to have them over for a sleepover, but you do have to
respect them. And you’ll be surprised. Less stress, greater productivity. m
Learn more about Fruit in the workplace http://www.lynneschinella.com.au/fruit/
Lynne Schinella is a MICE tragic who can’t let go. Working under the guise of creating better workplace
cultures across industry, she misses her role as a buyer and has never adapted to the lack of invitations
to AIME, first class upgrades and Moet on arrival in her hotel room.
T 0419 186 984
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