Compatibility Series: Rocket, the Driven 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 Rocket athlete type, also known as the “Driven 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.
- Two Rockets together will produce low amounts of friction.
- The pair of Rockets could come into conflict if they have a lot of similar interests, study the same major in school, or play the same sport. Their drive to compete with one another could breed conflict between the pair.
- In some cases, having a Rocket duo may lead to groupthink, due to their similar mindsets and drive.
- To avoid this, it’s best if one Rocket plays Devil’s Advocate and challenge the other every once and awhile.
- If there are two Rockets on the same team, and they play the same position, there could be conflict. For example, let’s say a football team has two wide receivers who are both Rockets– their drive to compete could cause conflict as they fight over targets and complain about not getting the ball as much as the other.
- 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.
- There will more than likely be some conflict between an Ice and Rocket. The Ice will think that the Rocket is cocky and will grow to dislike their high level of confidence.
- The Rocket will not want to hangout with the Ice very much, and could very well try to avoid them altogether.
- When they do interact, the Rocket should try their best to avoid bragging in front of the Ice, by trying to be humble.
- The Ice needs to realize that Rockets see things in a positive light, and that maybe they can take a page out of the Rocket’s book.
- Both of these Athlete Types thrive in social settings, so they would seem to get along in this regard.
- They run into trouble in terms of when they have to work together, because the Trailblazer is typically too unstructured for the Rocket’s tastes.
- If they have to work together, it is important that they brainstorm strategies together, but the time to do so is limited so they are pushed to making a quicker decision and compromise.
- For example, if you have a Trailblazer and Rocket who are running pick and rolls together in basketball, and they can’t figure out the right way to attack a defense, during a time-out have the two brainstorm a solution, with some input and guidance from the coaches in order for them to work together effectively.
- Rockets and Eagles will typically get along well, with low instances of conflict or issues between the two.
- The Rocket in the relationship needs to know that the Eagle really likes having structure and systemic methods with how they go about things.
- Eagles should try to learn from the Rocket’s ability to go with the flow and adapt when the unexpected happen.
- This pair will work well together because of their competitive spirit and strong work ethics.
- The Musketeer may feel that the Rocket uses people, and rushes their decisions.
- A Rocket will ignore the Musketeer’s signs of disapproval, and these factors will result in there being some moderate friction between the pair overall.
- It will be important for the pair if the Rocket is aware of how the Musketeer feels about their actions by engaging in conversations and discussions with the Musketeer about what they are doing that the Musketeer disapproves on.
- For the Musketeer, it would be best if they are less judgemental of the Rocket and also are less defensive around them.
- In this duo, the Knight will defer to the Rocket, which is something beneficial for both in the pair.
- The Knight may feel that the Rocket needs to be more serious about things, but overall there isn’t much strain in a Knight/Rocket relationship.
- Knights can bounce their ideas off a Rocket, which often helps the Knight lighten up a bit.
- The Rocket should communicate the seriousness of situation to Knight, whether the situation gravely serious or lighthearted. This helps Knight gain perspective because Knight typically thinks Rocket takes most things lightly.
- 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.