Compatibility Series: Maverick, the Dynamic 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 Maverick athlete type, also known as the “Dynamic 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.

  • The Maverick/Rocket will function well, without much disturbance in most instances. There could be a problem when a Maverick wants to rethink a decision that the Rocket has made.
  • This relationship can be beneficial because a Rocket will push a Maverick to think bigger, expanding their perspective.
  • Mavericks should be careful to not shoot down a Rocket’s grand ideas, but offer some cautionary advice if they believe there may be flaws in the idea or plan.

  • A pair of Mavericks usually experience low amounts of conflict.
    • However, If the two are unconventional in different ways , they could get on each others nerves. For instance, if one Maverick is conservative thinking and the other is liberal minded, this will lead to some conflict.
  • Together, two Mavericks may come up with some  lofty and creative ideas. Some of these ideas might be a good thing
  • Despite their compatibility, the two might be a bad pair due to the wild ideas they may come up with.
    • The biggest problem for a Maverick/Maverick combo would be if they are working on something that requires discipline, since they may be prone to cutting corners.
  • One or both Mavericks need to stop for a moment and notice what others are thinking or doing.
    • They should both be on the lookout for the tendency to go against the grain, and point it out to the other when that happens.

  • Ice and Mavericks will produce high rates of conflict.
    • The Maverick thinks the Ice is boring and judgemental, but the Ice thinks the Maverick is irresponsible and too loud.
  • The Maverick should acknowledge the Ice’s opinion, even if they do not agree, and the Maverick needs to do a better job of listening to the Ice.
  • In turn, the Ice needs to be less judgmental of the Maverick, and once in awhile– do something fun and out of the ordinary with the Maverick.

  • Both Mavericks and Trailblazers employ a free-flowing dynamic. This allows them to get along, because they see how the other processes their thoughts.
  • Mavericks will like how artistic the Trailblazer is.
  • Trailblazer should use caution when Maverick suggests making a change to something.
  • In games, both of these athlete types are liable to do their own thing, and begin to freelance. It’s important that a Trailblazer/Maverick combo knows each other well, so their improvisions don’t cause the other problems. They can come up with creative and dynamic ways to attack problems, so having them together can offer a serious benefit.

  • The Eagle/Maverick combo will be at risk for very high friction, caused by heated debates between the two.
  • Problems will arise from the two being such opposites. For example, the Eagle is very conventional and will conform when asked, or when they feel is necessary, and the Maverick is almost the exact opposite.
  • Being so vastly different, they will irritate each other often.
  • Despite all of these potential risk factors for friction, an Eagle and Maverick may be a good pair when the task they are assigned requires discipline, like weight training or conditioning.
  • The Maverick should stop and listen to the Eagle and think more about the right timing to do and say things. On the same hand, the Eagle should cut the Maverick some slack and pick battles wisely.
    • The Eagle should let go of the little things that the Maverick does that bothers them.

  • There isn’t likely to be much conflict or friction between the Musketeer/Maverick pairing.
  • However, the Maverick may take advantage of the Musketeer, who likes to help others, especially teammates and friends.
    • The Musketeer may feel that the Maverick talks to much, but that won’t bother them too much.
  • The Maverick needs to ask the Musketeer for help and their opinion, especially if the Maverick is thinking about a change in direction. The Maverick needs to talk less and listen more when dealing with the Musketeer, and sometimes, in general.
    • For the Musketeer, it’ll be important to speak up and tell the Maverick what they are thinking, they also need to do things at the same pace as a Maverick, or risk getting left behind.

  • On average, there is moderate levels of conflict between the pair but this can vary a great deal between different pairs of Mavericks-Knights.   
  • Knights and Mavericks are opposites, but their traits compliment each other well.
    • The Maverick is talkative, and the Knight is a great listener.
    • Knights don’t have a need for a lot of social interaction, but the Mavericks do.
      • Some of these pairs will make great friends.
  • Mavericks can use the Knight as a sounding board when facing tough decisions, using the Knight’s opinion as a guiding principle, but the Knight should do the same.
    • In the Knight’s case, this will help them become more flexible, instead of adhering to the principle no matter what the circumstance.

  • 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.
By |2019-03-07T15:22:20+00:00August 30th, 2018|Maverick|

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