Coping with the Demands of Work:
You are capable of dealing very effectively with the routine, day-to-day stressors such as time pressure, difficult working conditions and heavy work loads. These routine, ongoing stressors do not cause you difficulty.Even occasional high levels of stress are not too difficult for you to deal with. You demonstrate the emotional control and optimism to sustain strong performance in spite of the daily stresses of work. Your approach to work reflects a strong ability to recover from setbacks and sustain consistent work performance under stressful conditions while
remaining open to change that others often resist. You are able to control emotional reactions to disappointing results that would discourage many others. You are generally quite optimistic and confident about performing well. Even when discouraged by setbacks, your self-confidence and optimism will enable a fairly quick recovery. This is an important strength that will help your performance in a wide range of work situations You approach change at work like most people in that you are willing to accept and support most typical, minor changes at work. However, for more significant changes, it is also important that you understand why change is important before you are willing to give it your full support. You are not one of those people who supports every change just because somebody asked you to. While you are not skeptical of change itself, you do want to know how it will benefit you and your work.
Working with Others:
Your work style is very well suited to working in teams. in highly interactively groups and in one-on-one relationships. You find it easy to cooperate and share accountability with others and enjoy working in the company of others. Where there are significant differences between group members, you are capable of adapting where necessary to avoid conflict. You do not seem to have a strong preference for working with others or for working independently. You are independent and self-assured enough to work effectively as an individual contributor and, yet, you have the interpersonal skills and openness to work effectively in team or group settings. Your preference for one or the other is likely to depend on the particular circumstances. Like many people, you demonstrate the skills necessary to work effectively in most types of service relationships that do not demand high levels of resilience against difficult situations.
You are independent and self-assured enough to work effectively as an individual contributor and, yet, you have the interpersonal skills and openness to work effectively in team or group settings. Your preference for one or the other is likely to depend on the particular circumstances. Like many people, you demonstrate the skills necessary to work effectively in most types of service relationships that do not demand high levels of resilience against difficult situations.
Getting Things Done:
You enjoy being successful and achieving strong results at work. However, for you this is not primarily a competitive motivation. You are motivated to do the work necessary to achieve results. You are not driven to outperform others. You don’t see work as a competition between you and others. While you are reasonably confident and willing to be assertive, you will do this not so much to finish ahead of others but to be sure the work gets done. You appear to be a savvy worker who knows how to get things done in your work setting. It is one thing to want to achieve results but you also know how to use the resources around you and be organized enough to actually get things accomplished. You have a high level of “know how” that enables work to get done efficiently and on time. You understand the importance of careful planning and organizing to ensure that everything necessary for success is accounted for. You show every indication of being a smart worker who is a quick study when problems arise. This ability to recognize when problems occur and quickly determine solutions enables you to keep work going forward with little or no interruption in spite of obstacles. In part, this is because you are confident in your own abilities.
Leading and Influencing:
Your style is not overly aggressive and you don’t always seek out leadership roles. However, you have the confidence and desire to succeed that occasionally result in you taking on a leadership role where it is a good fit for you. You are usually successful in selective leadership roles, in part, because you are open to feedback from others in most cases and seek opportunities to learn about the issues at hand. You have shown a mix of attributes relating to the consideration you show others at work. This consideration of others is an important aspect of your leadership effectiveness. You have shown that you are open to understanding others’ perspectives and needs but you are not always willing to place the collective interests of others above your own. Also, you sometimes are willing to miss commitments you have made to others if you have to choose between those commitments and other responsibilities that are more important to you. Aside from leadership roles, you have some of the subtle skills that are important to be able to influence others. In certain situations, you are confident enough to be willing to be both assertive and adaptive in most situations where that might increase your ability to influence others around you.
Growth and Workplace Citizenship:
Your strengths regarding personal development and contributions to your work place are based on a willingness to accept personal accountability for your actions at work while, at the same time, recognizing and adapting to what is important to your employers. For example, you accept accountability for your own work outcomes up to a point but you recognize that in some cases other factors out of your control impact your outcomes. You would like to continue to develop new skills but you do not have strong aspirations to high level positions that seem out of reach for you. You accept a level of responsibility typical of most people to do the right thing and to be a positive influence. This approach will serve you well especially in work environments where there are clear expectations about what employees are expected to do. Part of your balanced approach to work is that you do not feel the need to adhere to higher standards of work place behavior than you observe in others around you. Your style is to follow rules and guidelines and to look out for the interests of others to the same extent as others do. There might even be occasions where you bend or ignore the rules in order to accomplish some desired personal result if you see that same behavior among others. This perspective will serve you well in work environments where people are expected to make their own success. Your balanced outlook leads you to be willing to help others and spend effort on behalf of co-workers, unless this is not in your best interests. When this type of effort is not rewarded, you are likely to spend less time and effort helping others. You see the importance of helpfulness in the work place but don’t want to be the one who sacrifices more than anyone else for this type of effort. This balanced work style will serve you well in work settings where the organization doesn’t really reward helpfulness in any meaningful way.
Creativity (Creative Stimulator v. Conventional Accomplisher):
Your work style is comfortable with creative and innovative work activities, although there are limits. Consistent with that, you are willing to work in new, uncharted areas where less is known as long as there are clear expectations about the objectives and limitations. Like most people, you can be creative in some situations while enjoying the structure of other situations. You have a strong preference for work that is structured. with established order and procedures. Novel or frequently changing work situations that require new ways of working are not likely to fit with your preference for consistent, reliable settings. You would be uncomfortable in this type of challenging, uncharted work where approaches that worked yesterday may not work today. While you are willing to take some risks at work, there must be a significant amount of information about the degree of risk and the possible results before you would feel comfortable with the decision. You find some levels of stimulation enjoyable but you don’t try to seek out stimulating problems just for the sake of stimulation.
You have a flexible work style. You enjoy working in jobs that are not highly structured but with enough to ensure that the direction and available resources are sufficient to be successful. At the same time, you are willing to work closely with others or independently as the work may require. You would likely not enjoy extreme work conditions where there is no structure or very rigid structure. Your personal rewards and satisfaction appear to come from a variety of sources including belonging to a supportive organization and performing work that is intrinsically interesting regardless of whether it is with others or not.
Work Interests (People, Data, Things):
You describe strong interests in working with people as well as with data and things. Having strong interests in all three of these types of work is somewhat unusual but provides a clear indication that you are a person who will find interest in virtually any type of work. A strong interest in working with people reflects the importance of interpersonal relationships in the work place and also demonstrates your likely confidence in working with others. At the same time, you also have a strong interest in the analytical and problem solving aspects of working with data. This more intellectual and abstract aspect of work is also very appealing to you and likely reflects your trust and interest in facts and details as a basis for making decisions at work. Along with people and data, you express a strong interest in working with things such as machinery and tools. This interest reflects an enjoyment of work that is typically more “hands on” or manual and less analytical or interpersonal.
Working in teams is not a strength of yours, although you are able to function effectively in group situations. You can be cooperative but you don’t have a great desire to work with others. In some cases, rather than adapt to the ways others work, you will pursue your own direction. You would be effective in jobs that involve some teamwork but would prefer jobs where teamwork was only an occasional part of the job.
Consideration For Others:
Like most people, you sometimes put your own interests ahead of co-workers. In other situations, you will put coworkers’ interests ahead of your own. You certainly can be cooperative and frequently are, but you don’t feel the need to cooperate in all cases. Also, there may be some situations, such as when you don’t trust others around you, where you may do something different than what you said you would do. Overall, you can be counted on by others in most situations.
You are equally capable of working in team settings and individual-contributors settings. You don’t have a strong preference for one over the other. At the same time, you don’t have a strong desire to set your own direction and you are not strongly self-motivated to achieve results on your own. For this reason, you are better suited to a work environment where, in most cases, you would be working with others who set the direction.
You have a mix of the attributes necessary to be highly influential. You can be persuasive in the wide range of work situations that are not especially difficult. However, where people hold strong beliefs that differ from yours, you may not be willing to be as assertive and persistent as needed. Also, you may not have enough interest in adapting to other people’s views that are different from your own. This mix of attributes should be adequate for the types of influence required in most jobs but you should avoid jobs like high level sales jobs that emphasize the importance of influence skills to be successful.
You are motivated to achieve success to the same extent most people are. You certainly enjoy success and are often willing to make a considerable effort to achieve success. However, success or achievement at work is not always your main motivation. You can find satisfaction in other aspects of your work life whether these include working with others, the work itself, or the simply the income it provides. While your work motivations would be a good fit for many jobs, you would be best suited to jobs where there isn’t a strong culture of winners and losers.
Preference for Structure:
You prefer work that is somewhere between a highly dynamic and unstructured environment and one that is highly predictable and routine. While you would enjoy the challenge of a job that occasionally has unexpected demands, a highly unpredictable, ever changing environment would be discouraging and uncomfortable for you. Similarly, you are not the type of person who is content to do the same routine task day in and day out with little or no change. That environment is likely to be boring for you.
You have a moderate approach to risk-taking in the workplace. You are willing to take risks where the possible failure is not too great. At the same time, you are not a risk seeker. You prefer other approaches to trying to achieve success. Generally, when you have experienced past failures you will work hard to avoid taking the same risk again. You are well suited to most types of jobs but certain high-risk, high-reward jobs would not be a good choice for you.
Interest in People:
You have shown a high level of interest in working with people. This high level of interest enables you to be more tolerant of differences between people, more willing to attach importance to the concerns of other people, and more open to input people provide to you about yourself. These are important consequences of your interest in people and provide a strong foundation for success in jobs that involve significant time with other people.
Interest in Data:
You have a very strong interest in work that involves the analysis of data, facts and information. You seem to enjoy gathering data, analyzing it and drawing conclusions from the facts. You probably have strong analytical skills and enjoy using them to investigate problems or issues.
Interest in Things:
Your interest in working with things is broad and comprehensive. You have a great curiosity about how things work, what you can accomplish with them, and how you can learn about them. This interest holds for a very wide range of things. You take great pleasure in building things or operating equipment or machinery.
You have an outstanding ability to develop careful, detailed plans that organize work in ways that allow you or others to succeed. Your attention to detail is a distinctive strength of yours and allows you to develop plans that are thorough and complete. You are able to see all the pieces that must fit together in a well developed plan. One reason you are good at this is that you like to be well planned and organized. You value orderliness in your work. You are very well suited to work that can be planned in advance and carried out in an orderly manner.
You have a balanced mix of the ability to be creative at times and to provide steady, consistent performance in a relatively unchanging environment. Overall, you prefer a work situation that provides the occasional excitement of a stimulating challenge but, for the most part, requires a steady level of energy and performance in a predictable environment.
Learning and Problem Solving:
You enjoy solving complex problems to achieve results quickly. You are a quick learner who has little difficulty mastering new information. As a result of these strengths, you enjoy the challenge of complex or new situations at work. You would be successful in a work environment that requires people to process complex information and make accurate decisions based on that information.
Reliability and Consistency:
You are a very dependable person at work. People know they can rely on you and you won’t disappoint them. You do not let major problems at work interfere with your performance or your commitments to others. You have the ability to keep your energy up even when discouraging things happen. A primary reason for this strength is that you take the time to reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses to improve your effectiveness.
Openness to Change / Ambiguity:
You are able to deal with the changes that happen around you as effectively as most people. While you view some changes as positive, changes that you see as negative are difficult for you to support and, usually, you are not interested in investing your time and energy to understand the other point of view. You are effective in most work environments, but you are not well suited to those with rapid and frequent change or where things often are hectic or unclear.
Recovery from Setbacks:
You are more able than most to quickly recover from occasional setbacks at work. Your ability to quickly recover your energy after negative outcomes is based on your optimism, resilience, and self-awareness. Except in extreme cases, you do not let setbacks interfere with your performance. You are able to control your emotional reactions to most circumstances at work. This is an unusual strength that is valuable in many different work settings.
You have an unusual ability to handle stressful situations at work. Nobody likes stress, but you are able to cope very effectively by keeping your emotions in check and recognizing that you will be able to deal with stressful situations. While you don’t seek out stressful situations, you are able to maintain a positive perspective and don’t let things bother you too much. This allows you to maintain consistent levels of performance even in the face of challenging situations.
Like most people, you accept accountability for some of your outcomes but not for others. While you are an honest and trustworthy person, you sometimes prefer to attribute your mistakes to circumstances or bad luck. In other cases, however, you accept accountability for mistakes. Overall, you often consider the consequences before accepting accountability for your work results.
You have a mix of attributes that influence your success working with others. In many cases, you are cooperative and willing to tolerate the occasional frustration of working with others. In some other cases, however, you prefer not to spend the energy to deal with other people’s problems. You are like most people in this regard. Even with customers who you handle well usually, sometimes you will put your interests ahead of theirs’ if that seems appropriate to you.
You are like most people in that you are willing to be a leader in certain situations but you don’t have strong aspirations to be a leader. You are not a highly assertive person but you are willing to provide direction to others if necessary. You can be an effective leader in many situations but it is not the most important thing for you at work.