A Craftsman is thoughtful, deliberate, and precise, with an eye for managing detail-work and always following through. They're collaborative, but they’ll also work quietly and diligently on their own. They’re not self-promoters but like recognition for their efforts.
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Maximize your business potential by tapping into people’s natural strengths.
The Craftsman Reference Profile—like all Reference Profiles—has many unique strengths and characteristics. Understanding the differences in your people can help you build a company that achieves the results you’re after. The same way you’d build a world-class sports team, knowing how your people think and work helps you optimize for success.
The Craftsman on a team
Craftsmen are calming, stable forces on the team. They’re known to be understanding, straightforward, and deliberate. They thrive in and help contribute to a culture of precision. Teams are often designed by default rather than intention. A strategic, data-driven approach to building teams is what helps organizations win.
Business strategy and the Craftsman
Before you know whether someone is the right person for the job, you need total clarity and alignment on the results you’re after. What’s the goal or desired outcome? When we ask questions like this, we get a better understanding of the need to align people strategically for specific results.
When you put people in the right roles, you avoid turnover, toxicity, disengagement, and lost productivity. In the case of the Craftsman, they naturally gravitate toward strategic activities that seek to build processes and structure to produce accurate work.
Managing the Craftsman
Often managers try to manage everyone the same way—and that’s usually the way they like to be managed. But this approach can backfire. People like to be managed differently—and it may not always be in a way that comes naturally to you. Even beyond the individual needs, teams require different leadership styles. You wouldn’t manage a sales team the same way you’d manage a team of developers.
When working with Craftsmen, remember that they’re thoughtful, careful, responsive, and reserved. They’re typically less effective in work environments that have little structure. Craftsmen respect and seek direction. When managing this profile, consider some of the following suggestions:
Recognize them for their contributions.
Give a clear definition of responsibility and authority.
Provide a stable working environment.
Allow them time to think through decisions.
Let them work on more technical projects.
Provide thorough training in all policies, standards, and systems.
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Companies that struggle to build high-performing teams are often missing critical people data. With our tools, expertise, experiance, and talent optimization, you can stop guessing at how to get the most from your people— and better align your people to deliver on the results you’re after.