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Beaver and Squirrel Type Personalities in the Workplace

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If you search online, you may find descriptions of the personality types of workers described in terms of 'squirrels' (often in management) and 'beavers' (typically subordinates). Answer the following.

What are three things the squirrel type employee is known for?

What do squirrels feel is valuable to their workforce?

How important is it to have clear goals in an organization?

What is the difference between evaluation and results of goals?

What are the differences in the roles of the squirrel- and beaver-type workers?

What do you think would happen if someone took something from a beaver? What will happen?

Explain the different inspirations for squirrels and beavers.

Talk about the beaver type in management.

What do 'beaver' workers do at their jobs?

Is it important to break goals down into smaller tasks?

How do managers and beaver-type workers interact?

Write reflection about the beaver type in your own life.

How has thinking about beaver and squirrel types of workers changed your way of thinking about working in a group? What did you think before, and what do you think now?

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What are three things the squirrel type employee is known for?
- Leading
- Shared goals
- Create social value

What do squirrels feel is valuable to their workforce?
- People need to be motivated
- People need to feel their jobs have value
- People need to have shared goals

How important is it to have clear goals in an organization?

Goals are communicated, posted, enthused over, and made a part of the work experience. Awareness of the goals is a primary key to having response. People are motivated to meet the goals for their own self-esteem.

What is the difference between evaluation and results of goals?

Evaluation is to review and update the goals. Evaluation occurs throughout the process to help establish needs and changes for the goals. Results are what happens when the goals are established and the job is completed. Another evaluation can be performed, but the actual job completion and seeing if the goal has been reached is the result of the work.

What are the differences in the roles of the squirrel- and beaver-type workers?

Squirrels find it important to establish the importance of their work, the value to the worker, ...

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