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Navigating the Resources

  1. Read the information below about the trait to develop a greater understanding of your strength/opportunity.
  2. Consider the Stop, Start, Continue examples to create your own actionable change behaviors.
  3. Explore the trait more fully by taking advantage of the weblinks below.

Process Orientation

(Need for Structure, Acceptance of Authority, Rule Orientation)

Process orientation measures the extent to which you are comfortable working within established practices and procedures. The resources will provide you with information about process orientation and the impact it may have on your success.


Higher levels of process orientation indicate you work well within a structured environment and readily uphold standards.


Lower levels of process orientation indicate you may be resistant to structure or prefer to work with a great deal of personal freedom. 


Excessive levels of process orientation indicate you may be too reliant on rules and struggle in ambiguous situations.

Identify an opportunity area that you would like to change. Then, develop behaviors that you can Stop (unhelpful or limiting behaviors), Start (behaviors that you can begin now), and Continue (behaviors that you already do well) to improve in this area. Use the examples below to help create your own Stop, Start, and Continue behaviors. 

Stop Start Continue
Working outside of the system. Learning the processes required, keeping a list of the necessary steps, and consulting others when the process seems unclear. Upholding standards in your work.
Resisting imposed structures. Seeking to understand the reason for the structure and setting up systems to ensure compliance. Taking training courses if your organization offers them.
Prioritizing your way over the standard approach. Relying on others who have been successful with their approach and adjust yours to be productive yet rule-oriented. Respecting and accepting the authority of others.