scroll down

I’ve mentioned before how my role affords me the chances to study various leadership styles at close quarters. As I hone my own abilities as a leader and mentor, I consider these glimpses my most rich sources of learning.

Some months ago, I posted a tool, a simple online questionnaire by which to gauge one’s collaborative style. There are no right or wrong answers and the result that you draw is indicative of your personal style. That said, all 4 archetypes – the Prime Mover, the Seeker, the Catalyst, and the Amplifier – are needed, to take teamwork forward effectively.

Knowing your type allows you to hone and perfect your teamwork style, to make you the most effective collaborator you can be. Recognising what category other people conform to helps in managing the various personalities in your team more effectively and enabling the betterment of everyone’s productivity.

Today, I thought I’d share more about the Prime Mover archetype with you.

Prime Movers are those persons, whose commitment to something bigger than themselves, provides them with the endurance to get through anything, and inspires others to also adopt that quest as their own. Without their passion, or perseverance to realise the future, companies and employees would experience a lack of fulfilment, leaving them disoriented, unchallenged, confused, and uninspired.

I’m sure you can immediately cite examples of such energising leaders – my main example of a Prime Mover is invariably Dhirubhai Ambani. His ideas were always big, but rooted in practicality.

The first office of Reliance Commercial Corporation was a 350 sq. ft. room with one telephone, one table, three chairs and two office assistants. The legendary growth of his business since then, was fuelled by many people, and that was made possible by a detail-driven strategy, led from the front by his vision.

If you’ve drawn the result of Prime Mover from taking the Collaborative Scorecard survey, then you possess the skills to lead a team from the front, to be the one they turn to for clarity and decisions. You cut through ambiguity, and present your team mates with a clear, actionable way ahead that they can trust in and follow – resulting in a constant forward momentum. Essentially, you are/will be linchpin that holds your team together.


Closer to my sphere of work and influence, I knew I’d met a Prime Mover, when a client’s brief to me was a single line, “I want the best office in Bombay.” That one sentence gave me volumes of insight into how to manage the commission. Prime Movers always have grand vision, but insist on very exacting standards, in this case, a tight rein on budgets… Once you identify those boundaries, what you design, and how you achieve it, is your choice.

Recognising this at an early stage allowed me, to not view the client’s bullet-point instructions as constraints, but instead see them as perimeters within which my team and I could exercise our creativity feely. The results were reflected in the client’s delight with the finished job.

Do take the survey here to know your collaborative style is. I’ve found it a very useful tool to gauge people and make the adjustments needed to achieve optimal results in my team relationships. I’d also love to know who you regard as Prime Movers, and why they fit that bill, especially the ones who’ve touched your life directly.  

Other Articles

Knowledge Sharing

My #RacetoRaise: A fundraiser campaign for Jai Vakeel Foundation at Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020

The Collaboration Quotient: 5 Ways To Know If You’re A Prime Mover

Reliving My Entrepreneurial Journey With ‘Shoe Dog’

5 Keys to the Algorithm for Success

Identifying 5 Biases That Are An Impediment To ‘Thinking Clearly’

Making A Watermark With Bisleri

5 International Masters Who Inspire Me

My 5 Key Takeaways from the Smart Office Summit

A Workplace Embodying A Global Outlook, Rooted in Tradition

Five Implications for all Businesses from ‘Zero to One’

The 3 Indias and the Shift Towards Co-working Spaces

5 Times I Moved To A New 'Normal'

Evolution of Work Culture: From Ergonomics to Empowerment

India’s New Leading Position in the Global Workspace Arena

5 Lessons Reinforced from Pacing a Faster Runner

5 Reasons Leadership is Overrated- Part 2

5 Reasons Leadership is Overrated- Part 1

My 5 Key Takeaways From The Goal

JTCPL Designers’ Pick: 5 Team Members Name The Best Features In Their Own Workspace

5 Quotes from Sales EQ to prove we are all sellers

5 Writings On The Walls At Spaces That Inspire

5 Reasons Goal Setting Is My Annual Ritual

Creating An Exponential Future Through An Engaged Organisation

5 Reasons Why Slow Is The New Fast

The Infinite Optimism for the Future at Abundance 360

Spaces: Turning a workspace from Good to Great

5 Rules of Workspaces – And How We Broke 4 Of Them While Creating Our Own

Museum Hopping For Design Inspiration

JTCPL Sessions: Art At Work With Arzan Khambatta

Knight Frank Partners With Delos: Moving Towards Spaces That Nourish Mind, Body And Soul

5 Strategies To Designing Your Environment For Success

Designing A Whole New Personality Through Habits

Construction Week Awards 2018: 5 Ways It Strengthened Faith In the Industry

Heart At Work: Dr Aashish Contractor's Health Tips For The JTCPL Designs Team

Automaticity: The Red Pill To Being Who We Want To Be

4 Reasons Why Will Power Doesn’t Work

Creating Academic Environments To Cultivate Unique Ability

Venture Capital Firms, The Incubators Of Disruptive Ideas

Designing Spaces for Those Who Drive Change

Coworking for the Gentry

Applying the Powers of Pre-Suasion to Life

The Changing Role of CRES in a Coworking Future

Exploring Discovery's Move to a Coworking Space

How The Coworking Culture Will Influence Large Companies

The Future of the Commute: Science fact, not fiction

Success Needs A Sense of Purpose... And This Book

Evolution of Workspaces – Part II

Creating a Co-working Community

Evolution of Workspaces - Part I

An Outlier's Route To Success

Launching 2018 with 5 Multiplier Strategies

An Ode to the Indian Masters

The world belongs to those who read

Success Equals Constant Progress For The Marathon Called Entrepreneurship

Human Potential: Optimism

Leap of Faith

​Unlocking Human Potential

Gratitude - The Underrated Value

Why Our Brookfield Project Hit The Right Note

The 3 Lessons I Now Realise I Learnt In College

4 Ways in Which Marathon-Running Is Like Running a Business - Part II

How Running A Marathon Is Like Running A Business - Part I

The Multiplier Effect of Great Collaborations

The Qualities I Value Most in Client-Partners – Emirates Group

Prepare for Departure – My Thoughts on Long-Haul Air Travel

Know Your Collaborative Style & The Archetypes

The Seeker & Knowing Your Collaborative Style in a Workplace

Know Your Collaborative Style in a Workspace - The Prime Movers

My Top Technology Picks in Building and Design, Continued

My Top Technology Picks in Building and Design

The Symbiosis of Culture and Workspace Design

KBS Creations – The Workspace As a Family Home

The 5 Leadership Traits That I Have Honed

Optimising Workspaces for Millennials

Better Running Through Proper Pacing

Designing a Workspace That Celebrates Millennials

My Lessons On How To Set And Achieve Goals In The New Year

Workplace Design and The Art of Sustainability

Life Lessons From Marathon Running

A Collaboration Scorecard For Leaders

The 5Ds Of Success

On Attending The CE Worldwide Conference

My Experience at FOAID 2016

The 'Prince' and the 'Ruby'

The Best Office In Bombay

Engagement and the Global Workplace

10 thoughts on “Engagement and the Global Workplace

  1. Rajendra Bendre

    Great post Ninad!

    We are at our joyful best in places that blow our breath away! Usually at the edge of the unkown, uncertain and the dangerous a precipice, a mountain top, down snow clad mountains while skiing, when the immensity of the landscape in front of us is incomprehensible and so on.

    Will be great when work spaces take our breath away and at the same time bring us all together to express our collective intelligence to make our work an expression of art!.

  2. Swati Balgi

    Congrats Ninad ! Nice to read expert’s views on Workspace Design. Will look forward to read more on your blog.
    Swati Balgi

  3. Praveen

    Ninad nice to read your post…Happy Ken”s session was impactful. .Let’s continue this collaboration around workplace knowledge..

  4. Kiersten

    Hello there! This blog post could not be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept talking about this. I am going to forward this
    post to him. Fairly certain he will have a very good read.
    I appreciate you for sharing!


    You’re so awesome! I don’t believe I have read anything like this before.
    So nice to find another person with a few original thoughts on this
    topic. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up.

    This website is something that is required on the internet, someone with a
    little originality!

Comments are closed.