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Create your personal user guide with a Manual of Me

Originally conceived by Ben Dattner and developed further by the bright minds at Leapers, a Manual of Me is a really useful tool for showing people how they can best work with you. A Manual of Me creates positive conversations among teams about strengths, differences and inclusive collaboration. We reference the tool regularly in our training sessions on neurodiversity, and this resource shares some more context for those keen to experiment with a Manual of Me, as well as some advice from those who already have.
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The Manual of Me is a tool to help you gather and share insights about how you work. It’s a personal user manual, so people can understand how best to work with you, quickly.

It's been an especially purposeful reference in our work around neurodiversity — because as a tool it gets everyone sharing around their unique strengths and differences.

The process of creating your Manual of Me will combine coaching style questions, and reflection - you will build up a better understanding of what motivates you, where and when you work best, how you engage best with others, and much much more.

And once you've collected your thoughts, you'll have a handy guide to share with others - so they get to know you better, quicker.

Questions and prompts you might include...

• How I like to receive feedback...
• My quirks are...
• It drives me nuts when...
• Something you might not know about me...
• Things that energise me include...
• Things that drain me include...
• My ideal working space looks like...
• The skill I'm most keen to build is...
• The basics you should know about me are...
• The things that prevent me from doing my best work are...
• I'm really looking forward to...

Good to know

• At the Leapers Manual of Me site you can find a free and interactive template for creating your Manual of Me, and other smart team tools.

What If You Had to Write a "User Manual" About Your Leadership Style? Reflections on a similar process from Adam Bryant

• More on our NeuroAware, our neurodiversity awareness training programme.