Monday, November 14, 2011

Mick’s up on Personalities

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are. - Penelope's Pen

You’ve probably heard of, and maybe even have taken, some different types of personality tests.  Isn’t it fun?  We had fun discovering each other’s personality strengths at work today, and like our boss says, it’s great to learn other people’s personality traits, in order to better understand and relate… and in business, it creates better customer service.

We touched on Peter Urs Bender's Guide to Strengths and Weaknesses of Personality Types.  Here, you can decide if you’re a Driver, Expressor, Analytical, Amiable, or a combination… and if you are Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic.

Check out Dave Ramsey’s spotlight of the DISC Profile for understanding your team at work or at home.  Are you Dominant, Influencing, Stable, Compliant, or a little of a couple of them?

Great for businesses to find the strengths of their teams is a consultation by Al Gonzalez of Give Leadership.  You either strengthen your team as a Warrior, Visionary, Critical Thinker, Nurturer, or a bit of one and more of another.

If you’re looking for a new job, a Career Assessment Test might be helpful in understanding what you are indeed looking for as a good fit.  You could be Investigative/Thinker, Conventional/Organizer, Enterprising/Persuader, Realistic/Doer, Attentive/Server, Artistic/Creator, Social/Helper, and the list goes on.  Is your work style Assertive, Persuasive, or Systematic?  Would you do your best work in Administration, Art, Clerical, Food Service, Health Service, Industrial Art, Outdoors, Personal Service, Sales, Science, Teaching and Social Service, or Writing?

My favorite, though, is StrengthsFinder, where you can determine if your strengths lie in areas such as Consistency, Responsibility, Belief, Deliverative, Relator, among many others… and then what to do with those strengths.  There is also a version for kids

If you are looking to develop leaders from the kids of today, look into KidLead, either for your children or to volunteer, or maybe both.

Understanding your kids, your spouse, and your coworkers can help you excel in life… not to mention everyone around you will be feeling loved and special, because you are treating them like the precious and unique individuals God created them to be.  In return, they will be loving and appreciating you for who you are.

Study up… and go get ‘em!  Happy Exploring!

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”


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