The Profile of a Disciplined Analyzing Achiever
Daniel Goleman states that Emotional Intelligence has two components:
- Understanding yourself, your goals, intentions, responses, behavior and all.
- Understanding others, and their feelings.
Like most of us I am still working on the first bullet, but focused on learning more every day. If you have had the opportunity to spend any time with me, you have more than likely realized that I am motivated by quantifiable goals. This is reflected in my personal, professional, and most definitely cycling life. However, you may not have understood a few of my intentions, responses, or behaviors. I have been married over 11 years and I’m pretty sure my wife is still trying to figure out a few of these?
Here is a quick snap shot of a few of those areas based on some recognized personality and strength assessments.
I would imagine most of us have taken the MBTI Assessment at some point. I feel that the results of this assessment are a good starting point, but as I have taken more personality assessments this measure has become less useful to me. The purpose of MBTI is to make C. G. Jung’s psychological types more understandable and useful in people’s lives.
According to MBTI, I am considered an: ISFJ (Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)
Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.
The one reason I no longer place too much emphasis on this profile is based on the degree of each of my preferences. The first three indicators could swing either way depending on when the assessment was taken or what mood I was in while taking it. However, the last preference, Judging, can physically not get any higher on the scale. For anyone who knows me, you understand that I am a planner.
Information gathered From: http://www.myersbriggs.org
I have taken the DiSC Classic Assessment to different times and have received similar results both times. DiSC is used to improve work productivity, teamwork, and communication. Of all of the assessments I have taken, I have found DiSC to be the most useful in increasing my self-knowledge and learning to adapt my style to work better with others.
According to DiSC, I am an Objective Thinker
The Objective Thinker Pattern is the first of three in the Conscientiousness family and is a “pure” style. A “Pure” style has only one plotting point above the mid-line. That means that the pure style is not affected significantly by other style influences – what you see is what you get.
People with the Objective Thinker DiSC Classic 2 focus on achieving complete and total accuracy in everything they do. They continually question ideas and processes to ensure that things are done properly. They are systematic, practical and efficient.
C’s make decisions based upon logical analysis of observable, quantifiable information, rather than being guided by the emotions of a situation. They often prefer to work independently, yet they remain objective and diplomatic when dealing with others. And generally those with a DiSC Classic 2 Objective Thinker pattern emphasize the importance of facts when drawing conclusions or when planning actions. They are meticulous about advance planning so as to avoid public failure.
When working with others, they are somewhat reticent in expressing their feelings. They dislike aggression, and have a strong need to control their environment. They do this with facts, figures and accuracy. They tend to get bogged down in analysis paralysis.
Information gathered from: www.discprofiles4u.com
Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. created Strengths-Based Psychology to help individuals uncover their hidden talents. However, at this point I’m not sure how hidden my themes are? The version I used for assessment was Gallup’s Online StregthsQuest.
- Discipline: Your world needs to be predictable. It needs to be ordered and planned. So you instinctively impose structure on your world. You set up routines. You focus on timelines and deadlines. You break long-term projects into a series of specific short-term plans, and you work through each plan diligently. You are not necessarily neat and clean, but you do need precision. Faced with the inherent messiness of life, you want to feel in control.
- Individualization: Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. You are impatient with generalizations or “types” because you don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. Instead, you focus on the differences between individuals. You instinctively observe each person’s style, each person’s motivation, how each thinks, and how each builds relationships. You hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person’s life.
- Learner: You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered — this is the process that entices you.
- Achiever: Your Achiever theme helps explain your drive. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement. You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. And by “every day” you mean every single day — workdays, weekends, vacations. No matter how much you may feel you deserve a day of rest, if the day passes without some form of achievement, no matter how small, you will feel dissatisfied. You have an internal fire burning inside you. It pushes you to do more, to achieve more.
- Analytical: Your Analytical theme challenges other people: “Prove it. Show me why what you are claiming is true.” In the face of this kind of questioning some will find that their brilliant theories wither and die. For you, this is precisely the point. You do not necessarily want to destroy other people’s ideas, but you do insist that their theories be sound. You see yourself as objective and dispassionate. You like data because they are value free. They have no agenda. Armed with these data, you search for patterns and connections.
Information gathered from: http://strengths.gallup.com/default.aspx
If MBTI and Twitter had a baby it would look something like this personality assessment. Good.co is a relatively new company that appears to be attempting to do what we were all told to do after taking any personality profile test–share out results with our co-workers and the individuals we deal with every day. I have not yet invited any of my colleagues to visit the site and connect with me. However, it appears as though they have created assessments on strengths, job fit, peer compatibility, team dynamics, and company cultures. They may be onto something?
My Primarily Type was The Protector:
Like the Protector, you are someone who is a strong team-player who believes in community spirit – what affects one, affects all. You would fully endorse the phrase ‘live together, die alone!’ True to form, the Protector is a solid traditionalist, who believes in not fixing what isn’t broken. You are someone who likes to feel appreciated for his or her work, and while the personal satisfaction of a job well done is important in itself, you are happy if that appreciation takes the form of a big bonus, now and again!
You tend to be conscientious, accurate, and methodical. You like to stick to the plan. You are likely to be well-organized. You are good with deadlines. You tend to always meet your obligations. You will more often than not do your share of the work. You hate to let others down. You are likely to be a team player who doesn’t seek personal glory. You prefer your role to be clearly defined.