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People Skills for Analytical Thinkers by Gilbert Eijkelenboom

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Review

What do you say to a co-worker who strikes up a conversation with you and keeps rambling, when you were actually in the middle of completing a very important task? How do you react in order to not hurt their feelings but at the same time set clear boundaries?
 
What is a great idea worth, if you can’t communicate it to your boss, your team or your co-workers? Not much. Because it will most likely never turn into reality…
 
These are just two examples for the importance of people skills at work.
 
Communicating with, understanding and influencing other people are such vital skills in today’s economy. If you master these things as an Analytical Thinker it makes you 10 times more valuable for any company, because most of the times these are the skills that analytical thinkers lack.
 
People Skills for Analytical Thinkers is a step by step guide to understanding your own algorithms and the algorithms of others in order to become a better communicator and increase your influence on others. What is an algorithm? It is simply a certain behavior that you have developed over time and now do automatically. Most of the time you are not even aware of this behavior and that’s the problem.
 
So, first, you should become aware of your own algorithms. This step takes some serious self-observation and reflection, in order for you to realize which automatic behavior – aka algorithms – you have developed over the years. Gilbert calls the good algorithms Batman Algorithms and the bad algorithms Joker Algorithms. You should think about and write down both, positive and negative ones. How you should deal with your algorithms and change them if necessary is one of the most important lessons taught in the book!
 
Once you know how to “handle” your own algorithms, you can move on to discovering and understanding the algorithms of others. This is something that most people, including myself, find hard. Gilbert provides some really useful tips on how to find out the true intentions behind peoples actions.
 
Influencing people does not mean manipulating them, instead it is about identifying their needs and how you can help them fulfill their needs. Now, most people won’t just tell you what their needs are. It’s your job to observe them and ask the right questions to get to the bottom of it.
 
In theory this doesn’t sound too difficult, but putting this into action takes practice. That’s why Gilbert takes you through a couple of exercises that will help you start building the necessary habits and skills to become a great communicator at work and in your personal life. Yes, personal life. Because of course, you can also apply all these things in conversations with your family and friends.
 
You’ll find explanatory real-life examples in the book and it is peppered with easy and understandable analogies and language, which makes the book a fun read!
 

To learn more about People Skills for Analytical Thinkers and the author check out Gilbert’s website.

 

Action-Steps

Here are 3 Action Steps I’d recommend you to take after reading the book:

  1. Take some time to self-observe and self-reflect to become aware of your own algorithms.
  2. When working in a team, share your Keys to Collaboration with each other. (Explanation in the book)
  3. Practice, practice, practice.

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Personal Rating:
4/5

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2. May 2021

People Skills for Analytical Thinkers by Gilbert Ejkelenboom

People Skills for Analytical Thinkers by Gilbert Eijkelenboom