The intention of a personal user manual is to make it really easy for others to understand your working style. It should make it easier to give and receive feedback; make it less likely that you’re misinterpreted; and make it more likely that people can quickly build a productive working relationship together.

What are some honest, unfiltered things about you?

What drives you nuts?

What are your quirks?

How can people earn an extra gold star with you? What qualities do you particularly value in people who work with you?

What are some things that people might misunderstand about you that you should clarify?

How do you coach people to do their best work and develop their talents?

What’s the best way to communicate with you?

What’s the best way to convince you to do something?

How do you like to give feedback?

How do you like to get feedback?