Tips, tactics and strategies to help you have a Perfect Workday AND a lighter heart.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Incessant Babbling....But, It's a Good Thing!!
Drucker would be proud of me. The late-writer and educator, known as the Father
of Modern Management, said that knowledge workers, which most of us
now are, must be our own chief executive officers. In today’s workplace, where
many of us will work for 50 years for a variety of organizations and in a
number of careers, we must make our own decisions when guiding our work lives.
was an advocate of understanding where our strengths lie. He also said that
knowing how we perform—the essentials of how we learn, get along with others,
and get tasks done—might be even more important than understanding our
with those thoughts in mind, last week I took a behavioral assessment as part
of my plan to make some life and work changes.
surveys and assessments scare some people. Not me. Except for the Econ 31 final
I slept through at UNC-Chapel Hill I’ve always liked taking tests; the pressure
makes it fun and finding out what I know and where I stand is revealing.
some areas the results of the survey I took reaffirmed some of my
self-assessment. It showed that I’m a fast learner who is highly creative and can
successfully juggle a number of projects within an erratic schedule. My scores
showed that I enjoy working with others and am able to view “matters in a very
patient, mature manner.” (that last part should stun some of those closest to me)
the results weren’t all blue birds and lemonade. Some scores showed that I tend
to be a little too forceful if things aren’t going the way I believe they
should. I need to learn better planning and scheduling skills. My favorite
negative result came in the area of Sociability; results showed me to be too talkative.
(I’m sure those closest to me will NOT be stunned by that) In fact, the survey
said I probably tended to ramble on at times to the point of rattling
on incessantly. (this is the point those closest to me are pointing at
the screen, nodding their heads and saying, “well….yeah!”)
of these types have to be taken with a grain of salt. We are never as good or
as gross as we believe we are, or as a test shows. But, if you can take the
results as suggestions to improve weak areas and increase your strengths it’s
possible to make a jump to another level of accomplishment and success.
you haven’t taken a behavioral assessment in a while, or if you’ve never taken
one, you should. We all need affirmations and revelations if we are to move
through life successfully.
more thing; the survey said I was rich, tall, handsome and could tap dance.
really, I faked the part about being able to tap dance.