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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Personality Evaluation

Today I took a personality evaluation, through a company my employer uses for recruiting staff. I thought the results were spot on:


John, your responses indicate that you are steady, conscientious and mild-mannered. You persistently work toward achieving accuracy, and you show a great deal of interest in issues concerning what you feel is right versus wrong. You are a loyal and unassuming perfectionist who desires security and clear guidelines. Your sensitivity to criticism and caution of the new is qualified by your use of gentle persuasion and firmness when making your position known. You may prefer a few close friends rather than many casual acquaintances.

Communication Style

John, you prefer to tell people what to do in a straightforward fashion, rather than use persuasion. You are very effective in expressing yourself factually and sincerely. You are precise, frank, sensitive to tone, and can become discouraged if criticized unfairly.

Also, John, you use a diplomatic tone in order to work peacefully with people. You do not intimidate others and, in turn, you do not appreciate verbal intimidation.

You express yourself in a factual, to-the-point manner. Your communication style is precise. John, you are intent on getting things done right, and you insist on maintaining the highest quality. You focus on the disciplined mastery of details and systems, and you use principles and tradition to help you maintain an orderly environment. You need to know all of the details all of the time, are cautious of changes in the system, and often take negative feedback personally. You function well when supplied with rules, manuals, and systems. You prefer that details and proposals be presented in writing. If not pressured, you rarely make mistakes.

Leadership Style

Leadership Style: Traditionalist You expertly perform your leadership role by managing your people through systems and procedures, and requiring them to follow your organization's rules. You exercise a conservative and watchful style while making sure that projects are handled correctly. You show respect for colleagues' positions and you expect the same in return. You may desire time alone to think matters through and to plan and design systems and procedures. You may prefer to deal with your subordinates one-on-one. You pace yourself and your people well in order to reach your goals.


You balance solid, goal-oriented achievement and a relaxed approach to life. You may fluctuate between periods of highly motivated, achievement-oriented activity and periods of more easy-going behavior. Alternatively, you may demonstrate a sustained, moderate level of effort toward your goals. While you may not demonstrate an intense desire for achievement for its own sake, you are able to summon a sense of purposefulness and self-discipline when needed. The level of your positive motivation toward achievement may depend on the task or situation.

Motivational Needs

John, you tend to be motivated by praise for tasks well done, and by having enough time to complete projects. You are more productive in a structured environment where there are few abrupt changes, and where there is basic job security with good benefits. You desire a professional culture where criticism is carefully administered, and where tradition is respected. You can be demotivated if systems are not firmly established and routine procedures are not in place. You can become discouraged when criticized unconstructively or unfairly. You tend to be less productive when not supported by enforceable rules, clear directions, step-by-step plans, or written communications.

Primary Motivators

  • A structured environment that has few sudden or abrupt changes.
  • The security of basic benefits.
  • A worked out system and quality products.
  • Praise for specific accomplishments.
  • Standard operating procedures and sound actions.
  • Fairness in dealings with individuals and groups.
  • Time to do things right.

Primary Demotivators

  • You are constantly criticized.
  • The rules are changed without plenty of notice.
  • There is a lack of procedures, quality and fairness.
  • There is not a worked out system.

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