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Your "User Manual"


How well do you know your colleagues? Do you really know them? Our initial response is probably a quick "yes". It's when we slow down we discover quite a few assumptions. Help get to know them better by sharing your self-awareness "manual" in answering just six questions!

  • What’s your style?
    • Strengths, weaknesses OR include descriptors like energetic, compassionate, participative
    • Gets people in touch with how their emotions/actions might affect others
  • What do you not have patience for?
    • Common triggers
    • These uncover possible issues in relationships
  • What do you value most in life?
    • Values are decision-making principles; articulations of what we want our decisions to accomplish
    • Who we are is how we lead & we always show up for what we believe in
  • How can people best communicate with you?
    • Give & receive feedback
    • These speak to our learning modalities (listener, reader, kinaesthetic)
  • How can people help you best?
    • What do you ask for help with the most?
    • This helps support the notion that we can’t go it alone, we need others & their gifts/talents/skills, etc.
  • What do people misunderstand about you the most?
    • Behaviors that come out under pressure
    • These reveal our almost automatic reactions to people/events

Have the courage to model the way for a greater understanding of yourself and those you collaborate with by creating and sharing your user manual!

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This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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