What If Your Office Only Have Type 4s and Type 7s?

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What If Your Office Only Have Type 4s and Type 7s?

In this series so far, we have covered ‘what-if’ scenarios of when your office only had Type 3s and Type 8s. Type 2s and Type 9s and Type 5s and 6s

For this week, let us explore how the office space would look like if it only had Type 4s and 7s in it.

What Works For Them

On the onset, Type 4s and 7s may seem very different from each other but they do find it an interesting work experience with each other. Both Types can be very present ‘in the moment’ of happiness, which elevates both their emotional highs whenever they work together.

The 7s’ creativity stems from their generalist mentality where they are able to call on bits and pieces of each subject they have touched to form a creative ‘big idea’. They quickly learn to rely on the 4s’ ability to find the unspoken depth in the structure of the work project, which impacts others by speaking the truths of their hearts in the and bringing a deep, meaningful experience to all who are involved in the project.

The 4s appreciate the fun and highly positive 7s for their ability to tap into the 4s’ empath nature to also bring them to a natural work high. This helps energise the Type 4s into action and this ‘feel good vibe’ helps the 4s to be very productive with the 7s working alongside them in the office.

What Doesn’t Work For Them

However, for every party, there will be a downside. Their lack of structure and discipline may cause very difficult issues for both these Types when left unchecked.

The lack of discipline for the 7s is when they need to see a project all the way through. The 7s’ focus on ‘all experiences pleasurable’ enables them to be good project starters but as the project drags on for them, they tend to move on quickly to start another project, which then leaves the 4s carrying on the project on their own.

When the 7s project-hop in this manner, it then leaves the 4s feeling abandoned and that the 7s are being too selfish. This in turn triggers the moodiness of the 4s and if left unchecked, may cause the 4s to be very expressive in their discontentment of being left behind. This causes the work environment to be highly negative which then causes the 7s to distance themselves even further from the 4s.

This may then lead to productivity levels dropping drastically and cause the office to come to a complete standstill.

The 7s may not come to work at all because they are uncomfortable in dealing with the intense displeasure from the 4s. The 4s’, even though they may still be physically in the office, may not be able to do any productive work due to the fact that they have not had any closure on their feelings of being abandoned and the selfishness of the 7s. This is where a structure for both Types in resolving issues is sorely lacking. So until the 7s make up their minds to have the painful talk with the 4s about what they are feeling and give them the closure they need, nothing will get done.

So there you have it, here is what we imagine it would be like when only Type 4s and 7s populate the office. Would you be comfortable working in such an office?

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Cindy Leong
Cindy Leong
Cindy Leong is a sought after bilingual (English and Mandarin) Enneagram Personality Coach and Corporate Trainer in Asia, who can help you make sense of your professional and personal relationships. She is a member of International Coach Federation (ICF) and Singapore Psychological Society (SPS). Besides a Bachelor Degree in Psychology (majoring in Communications), she also has a Diploma in Business and has done in-depth research and studies in the areas of Organisational Behaviour and Gender Communications, both in Singapore and Taiwan. Through her expertise in corporate executive coaching, personal development, and relationship coaching, she has helped many professionals in their walk through challenging times, particularly in the areas of identity searching, relationship building and career breakthrough. Aside from being a published author of 2 books, she has also been invited by several radio stations and magazines as an expert guest speaker to provide insights into Enneagram, workplace conflicts and relationships.
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