Strategic Processing Styles
The Organizational Engineering (OE) Paradigm was structured by Dr. Gary Salton as a field of learning and knowledge in order to allow individuals to obtain information and explore human behavior as a means to appraise, envisage, and understand it. Specifically, the OE Paradigm was founded under the belief that human beings find ways to handle daily undertakings and predicaments through strategic judgments and assessments.
Salton defined four strategic styles that are representative of various human behaviors that are based on action, thought, pattern, and structure – the Reactive Stimulator Style, the Logical Processor Style, the Hypothetical Analyzer Style and the Relational Innovator Style. (Ungvari) Determining one’s strategic processing style will not only help in understanding human behavior but also identify one’s strengths and weaknesses as a means to formulate resolutions in order to address them.
Perhaps the results of reviewing the OE Paradigm will mostly help individuals in the workplace deal with problems in communication and decision-making in the work setting efficiently. By reviewing and analyzing the OE Paradigm, I was able to determine two dominant personal strategic processing styles out of the four presented by Salton. The most dominant personal strategic processing style is the Hypothetical Analyzer. The Hypothetical Analyzer is known to exhibit outstanding behaviors towards problem-solving situations.
Complex and rather problematic situations seem to excite Hypothetical Analyzers since these situations come off as a challenge to them. The strategy utilized by Hypothetical Analyzers to solve problems is to divide one largely complex problem into fragments. (Ungvari) In addition, Hypothetical Analyzers analyze problems fully at a 360 degree angle, examining the simplest to the most complex issues one after the other. (Salton) Some of the most dominantly observable characteristics of Hypothetical Analyzers include the ability to follow directions properly, the facility to conform to policies, standards, guidelines, etc.
and subscribe to norms and customs that are often informal in nature, the skill to easily identify challenges and obstacles, the proficiency in gathering data and display accuracy of the results of the analysis and interpretation of data, the comprehensive knowledge in establishing long terms plans, goals, and objectives that adhere to stability and continuity, the ability to influence other people through the presentation of accurate and logical facts or information in recommendations and suggestions, the display of sensitivity towards the feelings of other people developing desirable interpersonal relationships, and the capability to control one’s inner feelings and emotions in order to display poise and calmness on the outside. (Ungvari) The second most dominant personal strategic processing style is the Logical Processor. The Logical Processor was described as methodical and focused or determined in every situation. In strategic processing, Logical Processors focus on the specific details.
Moreover, they are motivated by situations that are comprehensible to them and are likely to yield rational results or outcomes. (Ungvari) It was said that Logical Processors constitute majority of society’s population since they are able to influence the various processes and situations that offer continuity to social order. Logical Processors are able to resolve challenges, particularly of change, by understanding the situation acutely. This process occurs for longer periods of time. Therefore, Logical Processors are known to deal with challenges and difficulties at their own pace, while carefully and thoroughly analyzing and understanding every aspect of the situation.
(Nelson, 3) Like the Hypothetical Analyzers, Logical Processors are able to follow directions and adhere to established policies and guidelines strictly. They are also able to subscribe to norms or standards that are informally set and obtain precise or accurate and superior relevant and important data, influence other people through the presentation of accurate and logical facts or information in recommendations and suggestions, display sensitivity towards the feelings of other people developing desirable interpersonal relationships, and capable in controlling their inner feelings and emotions in order to display poise and calmness on the outside.
Other observable characteristics of Logical Processors that they do not share with Hypothetical Analyzers include their being responsible and accountable to tasks and assignments being appointed to them, strong-minded and determined when it comes to making decisions, balanced in terms of how they consider both the cognitive and affective aspects of situations, focused and determined, and action-oriented when it comes to planning by taking into consideration the time needed to establish desirable results and outcomes. (Ungvari) In combining the two most dominant personal strategic processing styles, being a Conservator becomes my personal strategic pattern. The weaknesses of the Conservator include inflexibility, conventionality, and force aggressiveness. Perhaps my personal strategic processing styles and strategic pattern affects communication processes in the work setting by allowing one to present comprehensible and unswerving information to other people at all times.
The description of Hypothetical Analyzers, Logical Processors, and Conservators as good planners and organizers (Alteris Group) allow them to obtain accurate, reliable, precise, comprehensive, and lucid data or information which influences their ability to communicate straightforwardly and efficiently without developing problems that lead to miscommunication, misinformation, and other communication problems that might affect the flow of work processes and operations. On the other hand, the abilities of Hypothetical Analyzers and Logical Processors, combined to become Conservators, are seen to influence how they establish decision and seek to implement them directly. Leaning towards the preferences of controllers (Alteris Group), Conservators are able to make rational and logical decisions based on systematic and methodical analysis and review of work settings, problems, challenges, and such, and ensure that these decisions are implemented in the workplace through their skill in influencing or urging other people.
However, this might be a source of failure since Conservators are also known to stick to conventional ideologies and beliefs that do not always work at an advantage to work settings, especially since they are not easily adaptable to trends and modern ideas. Therefore, although the decisions are based on logic, there is a need to thoroughly review decisions that are not limited to one’s points of view, but lean towards the primary characteristic of Logical Processors – that is looking at every situation on a 360 degree angle. Works Cited Alteris Group. (N. D. ) “Organizational Coaching. ” Retrieved from Alteris Group. 31 Jan 2009. < http://www. alterisgroup. com/news/organizationalcoaching. pdf>.
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