Compatibility Series: Engineer, the Independent Athlete Type

The relationship between players on a team can go a long way in determining success. Mutual understanding leads to more effective communication and a greater feeling of trust amongst teammates, allowing them to play with more confidence in each other, and therefore enabling them to focus on their own responsibilities during game action.

In order to build this understanding, it is important for athletes to understand that their teammates may think differently than they do. Not everyone has the same mentality, drive, focus, or mindset.

While treating others the way you would like to be treated is seen as the “Golden Rule”, in actuality, the best way to handle things is treating others in the way they would like to be treated, because there isn’t any guarantee that the way you would like people to treat you is the same way others would like to be treated themselves.

This is because nearly all of us are different. Understanding these differences and finding out ways in which to handle and manage them are the key to improved team-building. With the eight athlete types, there is an established baseline of understanding.

In this series of articles, we will look at the compatibility of each athlete type, and how they can work to better their relationships, despite some extreme differences in mindset and mental make-up.

Please note that this series is written for peer-to-peer relationships, meaning it is meant for relationships of people of equal status. This means that parent-child and coach-athlete relationships will not necessarily fit these descriptions. 

For this article, we will focus on the Engineer athlete type, also known as the “Independent athlete type” and how compatible they are with the other seven types, and what they can focus on to improve some of their weaker connections.

  • There will be some potential for high conflict with a Rocket and Engineer combination.
  • The Engineer and their inhibited style will irritate the Rocket, and the two will often see things very differently from one another.
  • Rockets will need to engage the Engineer in discussions more and do other things to help Engineers come out of his or her shell.
  • The Engineer needs to be more open and more spontaneous, and will benefit from learning from the Rocket in this regard.

  • The friction between these two will be more one way; the Engineer will think that the Maverick’s personality  mentality is are a mystery– someone who is illogical and hard to figure out, which is something the Engineer will dislike.
    • For their part in the relationship, the Maverick can ignore what they see as the Engineer’s “faults”, and not be irritated, they are more likely able to shrug it off.
    • The Engineer is less forgiving of the Maverick’s faults and quirks.
  • Mavericks should take the time to explain to Engineer his/her thought process in taking action, making decisions, etc. so that Engineer can realize Maverick is not just haphazardly winging it.
  • Engineers should be less judgmental of Maverick and ask questions to help themselves understand the Maverick’s frame of reference.
  • It could benefit both parties if the the Engineer is more willing to go to a Maverick and ask for advice.

  • Ice will see the Engineer as someone who complains too much, but the Engineer will admire the Ice’s drive and the way they strive for their goals.
  • They are both moody if something bad happens to the pair, and when they are working together they could become overly upset.
    • This makes the Ice/Engineer combination not desirable in a crisis situation.
    • Most of the time, the Engineer will defer to the Ice in this kind of scenario.
  • The Ice can and should offer suggestions for how to deal with something when the Engineer complains, or has been dealing with a problem.
  • Ice should let Engineer make some decisions.
    • For example, if they are teammates on a flag football team, it would benefit both parties if the Ice allowed the Engineer to call some plays every once and awhile.

  • This pair is unlikely to become friends, even if they are on the same team and don’t openly confront each other.
  • When they work together, they will be a very poor at planning.
  • Engineers will see Trailblazers as a mystery, someone  who is too hyper and in some instances, careless. The Trailblazer will see the Engineer as a stick-in-the mud and a slob in some cases.
  • While they may not necessarily get along, Engineers and Trailblazers can still help each other improve themselves.
    • Trailblazers can help Engineers by pointing out the positives for them when they are facing a tough situation, because Engineers are likely to focus on the negatives. Trailblazers should also encourage an Engineer to be more decisive and consider the upsides of their options.
    • In this same regard, it’s important for Engineers to be less judgmental of Trailblazers and be willing to use the Trailblazer as a sounding board.       

  • Eagles and Engineers will generally have a relationship with moderate friction. The Eagle will see the Engineer as sloppy and undependable but may feel sorry for them.
  • Engineers will feel that the Eagle is too judgmental, and picky about too many things.
  • An Eagle may not be too helpful when an Engineer is having a tough time.
  • They may not really like one another, but there won’t be as much conflict as you would think, because the Eagle will typically “sets the record straight”, and then moves on quickly. This causes some immediate tension but this does not linger or fester, leading to long-lasting conflict.
  • Typically, the Eagle will usually be the boss or head of this duo, like Eagle being Batman and Engineer being Robin.
  • The Engineer would benefit greatly from the Eagle being more generous with words of encouragement and support.
    • The Engineer should ask the Eagle for advice and help, without coming on too strong, and also set a more professional tone when relating to an Eagle instead of trying to make it totally personal.
  • Have the Eagle who works with the Engineers on your team give  them compliments on the things they do correctly.

  • Engineer and Musketeer pairings are suboptimal because neither one can make a decision, even though in most cases, the Musketeer will rise to be the alpha in this relationship.
  • Musketeers will try to help Engineers at first, but will eventually give up if there isn’t progress quickly.
  • There will be moderate conflict between the two, but it will vary. There will be times  when they are close, but times of conflict and dislike will over a long period of time. Over time, the tension will begin to build between the two.
  • The Musketeer should offer the Engineer encouragement and point out things that the Engineer can be positive about when they are upset.
    • Musketeer should be honest with the Engineer, but should try not to be blunt with them, the Engineer will respond better if the  message is delivered gently.
    • Not only that, but the Musketeer should help the Engineer make decisions, particularly when urgent action is needed.
      • The Engineer should ask for the Musketeer’s help when dealing with  difficult sorts of situations.

  • When there is an Engineer and Knight, the Knight will arise as the alpha in the duo.
  • Knights will feel that the Engineer is slightly lazy or too laid back about things.
  • The Engineer feels that the Knight doesn’t care about their struggles.
    • The Engineer will also feel like the Knight always gives the same old  answer to how they should handle their problems.
    • This will be the cause of some moderate friction between Knights and Engineers.
  • Even if the Knight thinks that it is obvious what the Engineer needs to do, the Knight should throw out some options and then state which one they think the Engineer should try.   The Knight should take a problem solving approach to this, exploring options but also offering their opinion about which option is best. The Knight should not cram this opinion down the Engineer’s throat.
    • Engineers should ask for the Knight’s advice when making decisions and dealing with problems.

  • There will be low friction when two Engineers get together, but the relationship could be highly dysfunctional.
  • Engineers like to complain to each other about their problems, and often can’t make a decision when together– they are the epitome of the saying, “misery loves company”.
  • To help each other, the Engineers should make it a habit to share one positive thing that happened to them everyday.
    • One can lean on the other for help, and vice versa– but both should consider also brining in a third party for help. They should also focus on actions that can make the situation better, and then execute together.
2018-09-13T15:36:51+00:00Compatibility, Series, Tips|