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Friday, June 8, 2012
10:47 PM | | Edit Post
As part of my management training, I was required to take a personality test. At first I thought, hmmm...I wonder what this is all about. The good news...I have a personality. The bad news...it wasn't all that surprising.
We were all presented with one sheet of paper that had four columns and we were told to check off the words that applied to us.
Some of the words: firm, bold, goal driven, creative, fun loving, infectious laughter, accurate, discerning, factual, enjoys routine, adaptable, patient.
The column you had the most checks in was your personality type.
Not surprising, I am an otter/socializer. My strengths are that I'm optimistic, energetic, a motivator, an innovator, and a risk taker. My weaknesses are that I hate structure, I avoid detail, I tend to be impatient and I day dream often.
I AM THE QUEEN OTTER. I have just about every stinkin characteristic of this category. There were only six of us in the entire group. The dominate group was the Golden Retriever. The peacemaker. They are warm and friendly, loyal and good listeners. My second highest column.
These results weren't very surprising since we all work in a school district and people are our business. The two dominating personalities were people central. The other two, which are task oriented, the beaver and the lion, were much smaller.
The training held my attention but it didn't really clarify how to work with the task oriented people efficiently. I mean let's be serious without task oriented people who are firm, bold, goal driven, accurate, discerning, and factual, few things get done.
Knowing this, however, doesn't help me convey information more efficiently with them. I like to tell a story. They don't really like to listen. I seek approval and attention. They don't like to give it. I day dream and they find that annoying.
How do I know? I've been married to a beaver for nearly 16 years and I still haven't figured out how to effectively communicate with him.
Are you married to someone with a similar or completely different personality?
- I'm a 41 year old (gasp) freelance writer, school cafeteria manager, wife and mother. I have three children and one anxious and overweight beagle. I use my blog to make others laugh, to share some cool crafts, to document my lunchlady adventures and to lament about the challenges faced by us all on the journey called life. Thanks for visiting. Please leave some crack...um...I meant some comments.