Thoughts about hr and management in the real world – extra information I couldn't fit in my books!.

How do you wordle?

Yes I’m part of the wordle fad. I’ve been doing it for the last couple of weeks and look forward to it now each morning (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s a daily word game that millions of people around the world play and then post their results online. No-one reveals what the word but just post their grid of how they solved it).

This is a completed wordle. If you don’t wordle it will mean nothing to you.

The other morning, as I tried to get my husband to have a go and seeing he was completely uninterested, I realised that how you wordle (or if you don’t wordle!) can be a reflection of your personality style – and tell you a whole lot more about yourself.

Understanding your own preferred style, and the style of others is essential if you work in any people orientated role like HR, OD, people management, hospo, care services etc. It means you understand why you organise yourself the way you do, communicate the way you do, and why others are different and where the frustrations and challenges happen.

So here’s what style you may be based on wordle:

(this is based on the birds model which we use at Elephant to train people).

Some of my friends have told me they use the same word every day to start their wordle. If you do this, then you’re likely to be a dove style. You like routine, you like to take your time, you like everyone to get along and you don’t like conflict or being rushed.

Some people have a complicated system of different words they use, and logic they use to work through the wordle. If you like dealing with complex data, putting processes in and making sure things are done correctly, you’re likely to be an owl style.

For me, using the same word or having a system seems completely BORING! I go with my gut feel each morning, trying out different words at random. I’m a peacock style and more likely to share my results online to brag when I’ve done a wordle well (or when I guessed it in 2 which was a fluke, but I was still pleased!). Peacocks are more creative and unstructured and outgoing and tend to have problems getting things finished.

And then there are eagles. Many CEO’s and senior leaders are eagles and really don’t have time to fluff around with some stupid word game. So you won’t be doing wordle and probably haven’t read to the bottom of this blog anyway!!

If you want to find out more about the styles we have a quick video that explains it all:

As for wordle, I’m on a 16 day streak with my new goal to try and do it in 3 goes each day. If you wordle, I’d love to hear your method. Does it tie in with the styles above? Or have you created a whole other way of wordling??

Angela Atkins is the co-founder of Elephant Group who now operate in NZ, Australia, the UK, Canada and the US. She is the author of the Bites series of books and the Management Bites training programme. She now lives in the south west of France, and plays wordle each morning.


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