My best working patterns are…
Where I can lead but also bring people together to develop a team or design ways to tackle an issue. Where I can bring people together who haven’t worked with each, in particular external organisations. Where I can use creative ways to help people influence, shape or test out ways to tackle a problem — I do like open conversation as a way to build relationships but prefer more structured creativity to get ideas and turn them into action.
Where I’ve got a variety of work, mixing projects where I can design the objectives, how it will work and how it will scale, with urgent issues I need to respond to or mobilise people on, with learning new ways of working.
Where I’ve got a mix of time where I’m working with others and time where I can think on my own. I strangely enjoy short back to back meetings where I can respond quickly to issues and come up with ideas on the spot and help build momentum. If I’ve got a morning or afternoon of that, I know that’s the rhythm I will be in. I find it difficult to do both very quick responsive work and deep thinking in the same morning or afternoon. I prefer the responsive activity in the afternoon and the deeper thinking in the morning.