RedJen's Musings 2.0

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Too Much Information

I have always had a thing about trying to find out more about why I am the way I am and why I think the way I do. Don’t get me wrong, I like me and I’m comfortable with me, but sometimes I seem to puzzle people, so it’s almost like I’m trying to figure out how other people see me so that I can relate better with others.

What to know more about what makes me tick? I was given the privilege to being involved in a rather extensive set of Leadership classes. As a result, I have had the opportunity to take part in multiple self assessment workshops. If you would dare…

Here are some of the results:
Personality/Temperament – Myers-Briggs/Keirsey
My personalityINTJ – Mastermind: Being very judicious, decisions come naturally to them; indeed, they can hardly rest until they have things settled, decided, and set. They are the people who are able to formulate coherent and comprehensive contingency plans, hence contingency organizers or “entailers.” Another INTJ Analysis
My temperamentRational – Rationals value competence and intelligence. They strive to learn, know, predict, and control the resources in their environment.
Find out about yourself: http://keirsey.com/ or BLOGinality

Work Related Behavioral Profile – DiSC – This focuses on what your actions say about wants and needs. The Personal Profile System is available from Inscape Publishing.
Words that would describe me: Forceful, risk-taker, adventuresome, decisive, inquisitive, reflective, factual, logical, controlled, change-oriented, fault-finding, spontaneous, diplomatic, systematic, conventional, courteous, careful, restrained, high-standards.
My DiSC profile pattern: Creative – “Persons with a Creative Pattern display opposite forces in their behavior. Their desire for tangible results is counterbalanced by an equally strong drive for perfection, and their aggressiveness is tempered by sensitivity. Although they think and react quickly, they are restrained by the wish to explore all possible solutions before making a decision.
* Creative patterns exhibit foresight when focusing on projects, and they bring about change. Since individuals with a Creative Pattern have a drive for perfection and demonstrate considerable planning ability, the changes they make are likely to be sound, but the method may lack attention to interpersonal relationships.
* Creative persons want freedom to explore, and they want the authority to examine and retest findings. They can make daily decisions quickly but may be extremely cautious when making bigger decisions: “Should I take that promotion?” “Should I move to another location?” In their drive for results and perfection, Creative persons may not be concerned about social poise. As a result, they may be cool, aloof, or blunt.”
Emotions: accepts aggression; restrains expression
Goal: dominance; unique accomplishments
Judges others by: personal standards; progressive ideas for accomplishing tasks
Influences other by: ability to pace development of systems and innovative approaches
Value to the organization: initiates or designs changes
Overuses: bluntness; critical or condescending attitude
Under pressure: becomes bored with routine work; sulks when restrained; acts independently
Fears: lack of influence; failure to achieve their standards
Would increase effectiveness with: warmth, tactful communication; effective team cooperation; recognition of existing sanctions

Team Strength – Innovate with C.A.R.E. Profile is available from Inscape Publishing.
My natural leadership role: Refiner
Approach: Conceptual/Methodical
Description: “The Refiner challenges concepts under discussion. Believing that consequences matter, the Refiner will want to plan how new endeavors are implemented and prepare for surprises. They like to create order from chaos, by improving the process by which ideas are implemented. The Refiner may play “devil’s advocate” to test the soundness of an idea and try to improve it. They prefer order and are comfortable being methodical. They derive satisfaction from the mental exercise of the debate and may lead others to examine the merits of an idea, using a systematic process in generating and exploring ideas.”
Contribution: “Making sure that the concept is thought through and examining how it can be improved and implemented.”
Weakness: “If allowed to control the group or the process, the Refiner may lead the team toward choosing low-risk ideas, filtering out ideas that may have greater risks but also bigger payoffs.”
Instinct: “Articulation of the problems caused by new or unique ideas; improving ideas before implementation.”

When taking on the Lead role, I shift into a different pattern: Facilitator
Approach: Conceptual/Spontaneous/Normative/Methodical
Description: “The Facilitator monitors the contributions of team members and contributes as needed to keep the development or implementation process moving in the right direction. The Facilitator identifies the need for hands-offs from one role to another and facilitates the process. Understanding and empathizing with at least three of the four C.A.R.E. Innovation pattern, the Facilitator is able to move with ease into a variety of roles, and take on tasks associated with each role.”
Contribution: “Objectively viewing the activities of the team to see what is missing in the process and stepping in at the appropriate spot to keep things moving. The Facilitator plays an important role in moving the group toward its objectives, particularly if conflicts occur that threaten to divert team members from their goals.”
Weaknesses: “Unless a well-defined role in the team is assumed, the Facilitator may be ignored by others who are more strongly committed to their own role (e.g., creating, advancing, refining, executing).”
Instinct: “Managing the team process and hand-offs between team members.”

And if that wasn’t enough: 100 Things About Me