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Life coach Laurie Beth Jones highlights the differences among individual work styles and categorizes them as elements: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. She explains that if you pay attention to the natural “elemental” ways that people respond to work demands, you can create a more positive and, thus, more productive work environment. The reasoning (perhaps more than the metaphor) makes sense, and certainly beats always asking square pegs to work in round holes. Jones’ approach is a little simplistic but that may help make it easy to use. She also brings in warm references to Jesus and Christianity. getAbstract suggests that this book could be a helpful starting place for understanding work styles and improving team dynamics.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to define the attributes of each elemental work style: Fire, Wind, Water and Earth;
  • How knowing these differences can make you a better manager; and
  • How to use 28 element-based principles to improve your company.

About the Author

Laurie Beth Jones is the bestselling author of Jesus CEO; Jesus, Life Coach; Jesus in Blue Jeans, Teach Your Team to Fish and The Path. She teaches team building as an international business consultant.



Elemental Attributes
Individual work styles follow certain “elemental” attributes. You can understand and categorize your employees according to four elements – earth, water, wind and fire – and use this information to match people to appropriate tasks and team mates.


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