CycloPraxis identifies the natural working preferences of employees according to the lifecycle stage of a business.
The classic match between worker and job is function: operations, manufacturing, marketing, finance, sales, development, etc. Certainly it is important to match job function to an individual’s preferences. There is another equally important dimension to the fit between workers and their jobs: CycloPraxis.
Source: OVERVIEW: CycloPraxis by Doug Johnson
There are four different praxes (working styles) which occur and interact in business and society:
- Innovator (or Author/Inventor)
- Customizer (or Extender)
While these were identified in a business context, they are also quite useful in terms of understanding how people are in general.
Understanding your own personal praxis (primary and secondary, as well as antagonist), can help you
- hire the right people for a certain job – and save the time, money, and hassle of mis-matches later on,
- identify your most appropriate career path – so you don’t waste your precious life on bad job fits,
- flag opportunities which do not bode well for your future – so you don’t go down a path that’s all wrong for you,
- understand why others work your last nerve – so you can stop suffering so intensely from those conflicts,
- figure out why some social norms seem perfectly normal to you, and why others seem just awful,
- make sense of sociopolitical and cultural conflicts and put them in a context that is actually useful, and (perhaps most importantly)
- find peace – with yourself and others.
Cyclopraxis isn’t just for business and organizational dynamics. Its framework can be applied all across the board.
When you understand where you “fit” in the grand scheme of things, magic happens.