I have a direct that is the professional equivalent of a hermit. She just wants to get in and out as quietly as possible, doing her job while flying under the radar. I suspect she has some stuff going on at home as she's expressed that she likes to leave her homelife there and just get through her workday. She has no immediate ambitions; doesn't do a lousy job, but isn't stellar either. I'm in a term position and expected, in my time, to turn her into something stronger (I'm recognized as having been the best at the position she's in), and she has expressed a desire to learn from me. She's entry level management with minimal people skills. I can help her perform tasks better, but I can't do much more without improving communication between us.

I think she's a blend of D & S, but I can't crack her shell enough to be sure. I am a high C with a healthy dose of D and I. One on Ones are painful for both of us. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to break through her protective barrier? I have 6.5 months left to work with her, which seems like so little time to even lay the ground work. Any feedback is appreciated. I'm sure there's an obvious solution and I just can't see the forest for the trees.