In business, as in life, success often depends about the quality of the interactions we have. Understanding ourselves is a great first step but ultimately it is about understanding ourselves in relation to other people and of course getting to better understand them. Our behaviour has an impact and that impact has a consequence: the impact is how we leave people feeling and the consequence is what occurs as a result of that impact. I once asked an SVP of a large energy company how his people saw him (I had already asked): “A livewire, a bit of a joker who loves the joust, they love me,” he said. Nope. So I told him: “They say you’re a sarcastic, self-indulgent bully who makes a joke of everything.” So we can see our SVP was aware of his behaviour but he viewed it from the standpoint of himself, rather than those on the receiving end.
We've all been there. Big Ben bongs, Champagne glasses clink and as the final strands of Auld Lang Syne disappear into the horizon your thoughts turn to the New Year. This year.
This year I'm going to...
My New Year's Resolution is to...
As T.S. Eliot said: “To make an end is to make a beginning.” It's a blank canvas: a fresh start. As of 00:00 on 1st January 2014 you can be or do anything you want to, (which may or may not be precipitated by the aforementioned Champagne!)
But all too often we find ourselves making grand declarations: “I'm going to go for a run five times a week,” without the ability to follow it through. So how do you make a decent resolution and actually stick to it? That's where SMART comes in:
Make your resolution/s specific – focus on what it is you would actually like to achieve. Want to see more of your friends in 2014? Your goal could be to put a date in the calendar each month to see a certain friend.
The Hulk vs Bruce Banner relationship was originally conceived for Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as a mixture of previous ‘horror-but-moral’ tales such as Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, exploring the two sides of the same coin, paradoxically polarising them as well as blending them.
The Bruce Banner character is a quiet, thoughtful scientist, a little bit awkward and introverted who accidentally creates his alter ego ‘The Hulk,’ an angry ball of extraverted rage. Banner is a serious guy and indeed in order to escape his predicament and to ensure ‘The Hulk’ is contained at one point he disappears, working as a doctor in the slums of Calcutta. But ‘The Hulk’ is only temporarily buried within Banner; he has not been eradicated, because he is part of him.
I had a group of Directors from a Global Energy Company together teaching them psychology. They really ‘got’ Jungian type but struggled with Sensing vs Intuitive. So I got them into two groups and asked each group to agree what the film ‘American Beauty’ was about. The Intuitive types said it was:
A film about shining a torch in the underbelly of American life searching for hope and seeing ugly and beauty, good and bad, in what is there.
The Sensing types came up with:
Pretentious crap about temptation: some guy having a mid-life crisis, trying to hit on a schoolgirl and in the end getting his just deserts.
It’s funny when you look around the room on Christmas Day and you see some people initiating games, singing in the new Karaoke machine and generally making merry. They will have their new brightly coloured jumpers on, and telling everyone about each present they got. Around the periphery there’s a group who are reading, taking it all in and quietly looking at their presents, content with their own thoughts and company. To the Extravert it seems the Introverts just need to come out of their shells, and to the Introverts it seems the Extraverts just have to speak out every waking thought. So the Extraverts feel sorry for the Introverts, as they believe you can’t really be having fun if you’re quiet. And the Introverts feel sorry for the Extraverts, as it is so sad not to be able to sit quietly and enjoy one thing without jumping around. So this Christmas strike a balance: Extraverts just need to tell the world, they need to speak out their innermost thoughts and they are happiest then they do so. Introverts really do prefer some peace and quiet and they are happiest when they can be quiet and focus on one thing. So live and let live and have a Happy Christmas Extraverted or Introverted.
I often get asked the question “what motivates people?” And of course the honest answer is “it depends who we’re talking about.” We all have different drivers and motivations and so it’s best not to try to find a silver bullet ‘universal’ motivator and instead get to know the individual, their drivers, aspirations, dreams, and their realities. Now this may sound a little ‘nice’ but of course it isn’t. Getting this right means happier and more productive staff who want to be there because the environment fits with them. The question of ‘fit’ is usually measured by the ‘harder’ metrics such as ‘experience,’ ‘expertise,’ ‘knowledge,’ etc and these are certainly the areas cited when it “doesn’t work out.” Yet we know that in reality it is about the interaction between personality type and environment.
We are currently adding to our ‘careers’ section on the personality profiles to help you think more deeply about the ‘best fit’ kinds of roles and organisations for you. We hope you find it helpful.
We've recently added a range of buttons to make it easier to share your personality on your website.
You'll find the buttons on each of the personality type pages - just click 'Explore' above and go to your type, then click the 'Grab the code' button on the right to get your button. We really hope you like them!
Much of the literature and many of the sites about Jungian type outline specific job roles for particular types. My (ENTP) list included Computer Programmer, Lawyer, Actor, Engineer and Entrepreneur. The problem I have with this is that I don’t think it is possible to pigeonhole someone into a specific job according to their personalities as this ignores the organisation, the values and the culture, which are far better determinants of suitability than a job title (which in themselves can be ambiguous). Even individual jobs, (say) an accountant, are not universal and differs from industry to industry, organisation to organisation and person to person. So what can we learn about personality and career choice?
Miley Cyrus has been getting a lot of press lately for her radical style, particularly in her music videos and for her performance at this year’s VMA awards. But we thought we’d have a look at her personality and see how it fits with what she’s projecting in her performances. In a recent interview she describes the experiences of some of her latest work:
Being passionate about something means not really stopping for anything
I’ve never really had to sacrifice for my career before and I’ve had to a bit with this record