Personalities at Work

I am excited to introduce a new category here in my personality garage — Personalities at Work. One of my friends and fellow Certified Personality Trainer will be a regular contributor. Anita Agers Brooks is going to share all about workplace personalities by tapping into her experience as a successful business woman. I hope you enjoy adding her workplace knowledge to your personality toolbox.

Personalities At Work

Telling me to relax is like telling me not to breathe. My driving choleric personality is motivated by what I accomplish. Not only do I want to do a lot, but my powerful personality wants to do it the fast way. Especially at work.

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I also believe if you can’t remember something it doesn’t do you any good. That’s why I appreciate Florence and Marita Littauer Noon’s simple labels for personality analysis. Two books that help better understand our personalities are Wired That Way, penned by both women, and Personality Plus at Work, by Florence and Rose Sweet. I’ve been able to teach others to recognize why they are who they are at work. It also enables me to help them interpret foreign personality languages. But more on that another time.

The secondary side of my nature is often considered the popular personality, sanguine. No matter where I go, including the workplace, I have an innate need to do things the fun way.

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Polar opposite to my fun-side is the perfection-seeking personality. This sensitive type thrives on doing things the right way at work. This is critical, so they can measure success or failure. They absolutely love charts and graphs which often comes in handy for workplace analyzes when required.

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Diametrically different from my driving temperament is the peaceful personality. They require a work environment that offers short lists to enable them to do things the easy way. Employers would do well to remember this is more than a want — it’s essential to their ability to produce. However, their reliable nature means they usually get the job done (even if it one small step at a time.)

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No matter our personalities, we all have strengths and weaknesses. We often spend more waking hours at work than any other place. Knowing who we are, why we behave as we do, what drives us, where we will most likely flourish, and when we are at optimum performance helps us improve. We all have a place in our business or work, the key is finding how we fit.

©2011 Anita Agers Brooks

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