Employers should match the individualâs profile to the job for optimum performance and a good work attitude at the workplace.
Speaking on âTalent Management via Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) in the digital economyâ, Dr Arivalan Ramaiyah, Director & Principal Consultant for Praxis Skills Training & Consultancy Sdn Bhd, said a good talent manager must put aside ego, emotions, and self when dealing with people, and âcalibrate to match with the workerâs values and emotionsâ.
He stated that if you match with the behaviour of a person, âyou can gain their rapport more rapidly and connect with them. Understanding a personâs personality type allows you to give them information in a way they are most receptive to.â
He said most conflicts in the workplace are caused by peopleâs extrinsic and intrinsic values. âIntrinsic values like self-image and self thought are the source of our core motivation and behaviour patterns. It is programmed in our mind, hence called metaprogrammes. The state of mind, or emotions, is trapped at our unconscious level. There is a barrier between our conscious and unconscious mind, and so we do not sometimes know why we respond or act in a certain way,â he remarked.
He highlighted the various Language and Behaviour Profiles (LAB) of individuals and why matching the job to the workerâs profile is important. Â âThe âTowards Toâ people are solution providers, anxious to know the problem and diagnose it, while the âAway Fromâ worker gets disturbed when you bring them problems. The âProceduralâ people are all about filling forms, while âOptionalâ people hate procedures.â
Dr Arivalan pointed out that the âProactiveâ people blame themselves when something happens, while âReactiveâ workers blame everybody else. âReactives can destroy the culture of an organisation as they play the blaming game.â
He said âInternalâ people hate the meetings culture, and want to be left alone to do a job, and the âExternalâ characters are very sociable. âA âSelfâ person is selfish, micro manages, and wants a say in everything; the âOthersâ person is considerate and concerned about people; the âIndependentâ is comfortable working solo, produces results and a good taskmaster; and the âCooperativeâ is dependent.â
âMost conflicts arise in the company from profile mismatch of the worker to the job. To manage talent, you must go into the psyche of individuals and match the workerâs personality profile to fit the job,â he stressed.
He advised employers to match jobs to the workerâs profile, and to have interview questions to determine the applicantâs profile. âIf the job matches their profile, then he has passion, gives his best and loves his job.â
Dr Arivalan also highlighted the performance and potential matrix to manage talent, where skills are mapped against attitude, ranging from low to high. Â He explained that a skilled person may complete his tasks well but if he has attitude problems, he will create enemies in the process. He cited examples of bad attitude as arrogant, anger, humiliate people in front of others, show a bad example, use bad words, and back-stabbing.