Published on March 4, 2014
Animal Types of eCollaboration Derived from Kindle book; Together Works: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Ecollaboration by Dr. David Avery, Jacqui Hogan and Ron McIntyre Ron McIntyre Certified Coach, Teacher & Speaker Transformative Leadership Group TLG - eCollaboration notes 1
What’s This About? Provide some levity for the process of ecollaboration – intended for reference only Identify characteristics of members that either constrict or enhance a session Provide a practical guide to use as a tool in managing an ecollaboration event It is not an exhaustive nor exclusive list and we are sure many can be added Extracted from Kindle book: Together Works: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Ecollaboration by Dr. David Avery, Jacqui Hogan and Ron McIntyre TLG - eCollaboration notes 2
Do NOT Feed List Should not be encouraged in teams ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Angry Alligator Precious Porcupine Determined Donkey Lazy Lapdog Fawning Fawn Ostentatious Ostrich Distracted Dodo Bird TLG - eCollaboration notes 3
Angry Alligator Refuses to Listen, cuts off conversation Moves to point out flaws High on disagreeing & shutting out May carry external baggage High on giving biased information Limited written communications Unusually thick skinned & tough Loves to thrash around in the pond TLG - eCollaboration notes 4
Precious Porcupine Opposite of Angry Alligator in many areas Easily offended if challenged Can feel prickly when they perceive being slighted Often offended if their idea is changed Seldom receptive of suggestions Responses can be sharp & quick Tough to get beyond the quills Expect to be treated with Kids gloves TLG - eCollaboration notes 5
Determined Donkey Generally focused on their own path Continuously on track Fails to recognize the implications of criticism at times Dogmatic once decision is made Can seem standoffish – Cautious - Stoic Quite Intelligent Can be playful and trusting Trust can be earned TLG - eCollaboration notes 6
Lazy Lapdog Agreeable with everything May be genuine submissiveness May be just idleness Can be a mask for passive aggressiveness Can elicit others to be aggressive Other can feel contemptuous Usually difficult to move in a direction Can be lovable dead weight on a team TLG - eCollaboration notes 7
Fawning Fawn Resembles the Lazy Dog but goes further Always showering everyone with praise Praise may not have any supporting reasoning Praise is usually indiscriminate Usually clouds teams ability to focus Can create a false sense of security Unlikely to sharpen thinking of the team Unlikely to lift the quality of work TLG - eCollaboration notes 8
Ostentatious Ostrich All about preening & show Winds up with head in sand at some point Usually avoids confrontation Can appear aggressive but runs fast Will dance & prance to divert attention Love to congregate in flocks Can be very unpredictable May be untrainable in some situations TLG - eCollaboration notes 9
Distracted Dodo Bird Extinct since 1681 Very localized, does not stray Too trusting, fail to see trouble ahead Can appear aggressive but runs fast May appear slow witted, unsocial Extremely curious, to a fault Usually well liked but taken advantage of TLG - eCollaboration notes 10
Sidebar for: Do Not Feed We all can exhibit some of each of these characteristics Few of us are completely one style so be considerate Requires each of us to be accountable and build healthy group dynamics Avoid being judgmental and work to be open and communicative TLG - eCollaboration notes 11
Do Feed List Should be encouraged in teams ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Eager Beaver Gingerly Giraffe Wise Owl Cheeky Chimp Clown Fish Tenacious Terrier TLG - eCollaboration notes 12
Eager Beaver Positive energy within the group Enthusiastic for communications & tasks Very industrious for the team Very protective & defensive of the team Generally not aggressive Live together well in colonies (Teams) Very Loyal to those around them TLG - eCollaboration notes 13
Gingerly Giraffe Steps lightly within the group Prefers loose affiliations, i.e., herds Is mindful of others feelings Very careful with words Very observant, largest eyes Usually very quiet but they do have a vocal range that is unique Have a very unique perspective TLG - eCollaboration notes 14
Wise Owl Able to see clearly through confusion Have binocular vision for clarity Will find a way to get to the point Able to fly virtually silently Acute hearing, good at listening Usually well focused on necessary things Group of owls are called a parliament, study or wisdom, appropriate TLG - eCollaboration notes 15
Cheeky Chimp Constructively playful & intelligent Can have infectious high energy May be a positive disruptor Capable of huge leaps and bounds Can help keep a team young, humble and fun loving Behavior can be learned from environment They communicate well verbally and non-verbally TLG - eCollaboration notes 16
Clown Fish Another positive disruptor High level of curiosity and humor Distinguished by it’s colorfulness They constantly search for new ideas and best approaches Live with a symbiotic relationship with a local area Can tolerate a tough environment, if necessary Very maternal even though born male TLG - eCollaboration notes 17
Tenacious Terrier Strong focus and drive Goal orientated achiever Very tenacious, will not let go of a problem Very agile when attempting to resolve an issue or meet an objective Snappy and active in participation Independent thinkers and doers Gentle & loyal but can be stubborn TLG - eCollaboration notes 18
Sidebar for: Do Feed These We all can exhibit some of each of these characteristics Few of us are completely one style so be considerate Requires each of us to be accountable and build healthy group dynamics Avoid being judgmental and work to be open and communicative TLG - eCollaboration notes 19
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