Saturday, August 15, 2009

What's Your Personality Type?

On to something a little less depressing...

A color test on my favorite message board prompted this one. According to that little exercise, I'm a nympho with a whole slew of personal insecurities who insists on being a victim. Interesting, but not even close. I wonder who comes up with this stuff?

So, I was thinking about some personality type exercises that they did at my last job for the purposes of understanding each type of personality better so that they could enhance our team interaction. This was provided by the human resources office and was pretty interesting. I was a contractor, so I wasn't included in the session, but got to have a look at the materials and results and include myself in the group a little later on. I don't think anyone got the point of the whole exercise, but I could see where, if properly used, you could get the best performance out of a team simply by aligning each persons natural personality assets with the types of tasks in which they have a propensity to excel.

Knowing your personality type has value in other ways as well. By identifying your type, you can begin to understand your areas of strengths or weaknesses and use them to your advantage or begin to take steps to control negative behaviors that come natural to your type if you choose. Of course, as one who has to analyze, I had advance warning about my character traits before I even knew there was a test. :) I wish I had realized some of these things when I was young. Maybe I would have chosen a different career path! Ya live, ya learn.

There are a couple of good tests out there but this is the one I found with the least confusing questions. To be successful, you have to answer the questions with the truth, not what you want the truth to be. HumanMetrics Personality Test

I'm an INTJ which was confirmed years ago when I took a similar test for the purposes of possibly changing careers. It's the only time in my life that I get to be a Mastermind. :)

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From Keirsey.com "The Rationals"

Rational Portrait of the Mastermind (INTJ)

All Rationals are good at planning operations, but Masterminds are head and shoulders above all the rest in contingency planning. Complex operations involve many steps or stages, one following another in a necessary progression, and Masterminds are naturally able to grasp how each one leads to the next, and to prepare alternatives for difficulties that are likely to arise any step of the way. Trying to anticipate every contingency, Masterminds never set off on their current project without a Plan A firmly in mind, but they are always prepared to switch to Plan B or C or D if need be.

Masterminds are rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population, and they are rarely encountered outside their office, factory, school, or laboratory. Although they are highly capable leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once they take charge, however, they are thoroughgoing pragmatists. Masterminds are certain that efficiency is indispensable in a well-run organization, and if they encounter inefficiency-any waste of human and material resources-they are quick to realign operations and reassign personnel. Masterminds do not feel bound by established rules and procedures, and traditional authority does not impress them, nor do slogans or catchwords. Only ideas that make sense to them are adopted; those that don't, aren't, no matter who thought of them. Remember, their aim is always maximum efficiency.

In their careers, Masterminds usually rise to positions of responsibility, for they work long and hard and are dedicated in their pursuit of goals, sparing neither their own time and effort nor that of their colleagues and employees. Problem-solving is highly stimulating to Masterminds, who love responding to tangled systems that require careful sorting out. Ordinarily, they verbalize the positive and avoid comments of a negative nature; they are more interested in moving an organization forward than dwelling on mistakes of the past.

Masterminds tend to be much more definite and self-confident than other Rationals, having usually developed a very strong will. Decisions come easily to them; in fact, they can hardly rest until they have things settled and decided. But before they decide anything, they must do the research. Masterminds are highly theoretical, but they insist on looking at all available data before they embrace an idea, and they are suspicious of any statement that is based on shoddy research, or that is not checked against reality.

Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Ulysses S. Grant, Frideriche Nietsche, Niels Bohr, Peter the Great, Stephen Hawking, John Maynard Keynes, Lise Meitner, Ayn Rand and Sir Isaac Newton are examples of Rational Masterminds.

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I think they got it right.

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