The Simple Tool that Improves Communication 40%

How aware are you of the way others perceive you – at work, at home, in your community? What if you could better understand yourself and others, in order to build more trusting and successful relationships?

One tool that will help you communicate effectively with anyone, anytime, anyplace is called 5 Voices. All of us speak five voices; but some voices are more natural for us than others. The 5 Voices are:

  • Pioneer
  • Connector
  • Guardian
  • Creative
  • Nurturer

So when I listen to you or when you hear me speak now, you’re not hearing pure pioneer or pure connector. You’re hearing a complex mix, but some voices are more natural for us, and therefore, they tend to dominate what people experience.

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Here are some characteristics to help you assess which voice is your foundational or natural voice. As you read these attributes, best rank them in order.

Nurturer

Who are nurturers?

  • Nurturers are champions of people.
  • They are always concerned about the relational health and harmony of the group.
  • They are completely committed to protecting values and principles.
  • Nurturers have a hard time separating their work from who they are.
  • They innately understand how certain actions, behaviors, or initiatives will affect people.

What do they bring at their best?

  • Everyone deserves to be heard – they appreciate each contribution.
  • They intuitively feel how an organization will react to a new idea
  • Pragmatic realism – has this really been thought through?
  • They defend values – people always come before profit
  • Function as the relational oil inside the organization.
  • Commitment to relational harmony before/during / after meetings

Creative

What is a Creative?

  • Creatives are champions of innovation.
  • They are outside the box thinkers.
  • They are an “early warning radar system” that sees the opportunities and dangers of the future before everyone else.
  • Creatives are never satisfied with the status quo – they always believe it can be better.  The word “can’t” is not in their vocabulary.
  • They ask the question: “Why do people never seem to fully understand my ideas?”
  • Creatives long for an environment where they know their contribution is valued and appreciated.
  • They are defenders of values and integrity.

What do they bring at their best?

  • Creatives see the future first –  both in terms of long term opportunities and potential dangers.
  • They are never satisfied with good enough.
  • They are Conceptual Architects – able to see how all the pieces fit together.
  • Capacity to think outside the box
  • Strong social conscience and a desire for organizational integrity

Guardian

What is a guardian? 

  • Guardians are champions of responsibility and stewardship.
  • They respect and value logic, order, procedure, and process.
  • They seek clarity as well as logical and proven decision-making criteria even if they have to ask the tough questions to get there!
  • Guardians like to see established track records of success to justify trying something different.
  • They can feel frustrated that they are sometimes seen as “raining on the parade” just because they are trying to make sure the team makes the best decision possible.

What do they bring at their best? 

  • Relentless commitment to ask the difficult questions.
  • Selfless capacity to deliver the vision once it has been agreed.
  • Long-term commitment to deliver on time and on budget.
  • Custodian of resources and how money is invested / spent.
  • Ability to detach decision-making from personal sentiments.
  • Guard what we already have that is working.

Connector

What is a Connector?

  • Champion of relationships and strategic partnerships.
  • Connectors rally people to causes and things they believe in.
  • Connectors believe in a world where everyone can play and get excited about future opportunities…and they want to make it happen!
  • Receiving appreciation and credit for making key connections is highly motivating and energizing for Connectors.
  • Connectors often respond to challenges with: “Whatever we need, I can get it or I have a source.”

What do they bring at their best?

  • Capacity to maintain a large number of relationships
  • They know how to connect with people & their aspirations
  • Boundless Creativity, Energy & Imagination
  • Connections to new opportunities and networks
  • Persuasive and inspirational communication

Pioneer

What is a Pioneer?

  • Pioneers are champions of change and ingenuity.
  • They approach life with an “Anything is possible!” attitude.
  • Pioneers believe visioning a new future is always the highest priority.
  • They are always seeking to find the quickest, fastest, and most efficient way to do things.
  • Pioneers value “outside the box thinking,” interesting or different ways of doing things, and tend to seek out the most interesting people to learn from and add to their body of knowledge.

What do they bring at their best? 

  • Strategic military thinking to achieve the agreed objective
  • Courage to make difficult decisions and prioritize the vision
  • Communicate an attractive vision of the future
  • Capacity to align resources and people to make things happen
  • Tenacity, energy and a strong desire for the team to win