Spider or Bat?

May 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Discussions and blogs introduced me to two interesting approaches to doing work. They are modeled after the ways followed by spiders and bats.

The Spider approach
A spider patiently spins her web with much diligence, doing what she is supposed to do. Doing it skilfully, doing it well. And the reward just falls in her web. So, one way is to work simply, without focussing on reward, and patiently waiting for the reward to come to you.

The Bat approach
The bat sends signals in all directions, keeps sensing information coming in from all sides, and as soon as he spots the target, moves in for the kill. Thus another way where you are constantly alert, tuned into the information sources, and aggressive about the reward you want.

This is also somewhat similar to the hunter and farmer classification you can find here.

So, what’s your style? Is it a combination of these two? Or is it something different? Is there a culture factor involved?

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