“Everything’s fine – I’m in charge”

My dad occasionally likes to say that he doesn’t want to read other people’s minds, but sometimes he sure wishes they could read his. And there are days when I definitely know what he’s talking about.  In that vein, I’m sharing my results from a personality test.

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Our office took the Myers-Briggs test last year, and our HR consultant — the very savvy and wonderful Martha Duesterhoft of HR Ally — analyzed the results. I was surprised to learn I was an extrovert. Perhaps, dear readers, you might be confused as to why, but if you’re new to me, then you only know the “new” me, Lola, the one who likes other people and is chatty and so forth. The ol’ introvert is still in there, but I’m still getting used to the extrovert version.

In any case, I LOVE personality analysis tests. Can’t get enough of them. I once signed up for Chemistry.com just because I loved the personality test questions so much. I just really enjoy learning more about myself, so I suppose I’m an introspective extrovert.

Okay then, back on task. After Martha received our short-form results from the M-B test, she put together a very thoughtful analysis to share with our group. At the time, not one of my colleagues had a similar personality type, which I thought was pretty nifty. I was out of the office for most of Martha’s presentation, but returned just in time for my results, and oh, how illuminating they were. Martha read the headline, and my colleagues went berserk with laughter.

Myers-Briggs Profile:  ENTJ – “Everything’s fine – I’m in charge”

For ENTJ types, career satisfaction means doing work that:

  1. Lets them lead, be in control, organizing and perfecting the operating systems of an organization so that it runs efficiently and reaches its goals on schedule.
  2. Lets them engage in long-range strategic planning, creative problem solving, and the generation of innovative and logical approaches to a variety of problems.
  3. Is done in a well-organized environment where they, and others, work within a clear and definite set of guidelines.
  4. Challenges and stimulates their intellectual curiosity and lets them work with complex and often difficult problems.
  5. Gives them opportunities to meet and interact with a variety of other capable, interesting and powerful people.
  6. Gives them the opportunity to advance within the organization and to increase and demonstrate their competence.
  7. Is exciting, challenging, and competitive; where they are in the public eye and where their accomplishments are seen, recognized, and fairly compensated.
  8. Lets them work with other intelligent, creative, ambitious, and goal-oriented individuals whose competencies they respect.
  9. Lets them set and meet goals and implement their organizational skills to keep themselves and others focuses on the larger goal while accomplishing all their objectives in a timely and efficient manner.
  10. Lets them manage and supervise others, using logical and objective standards, and policies that utilize each person’s strengths but without having to deal daily with interpersonal squabbles.

Work-related strengths and weaknesses of ENTJs include:

Strengths

  • Can be visionary leaders
  • Work best in organizations where opportunity exists to rise to the top
  • Ambitious and hardworking; honest and direct
  • Good complex and creative problem solvers; able to make logical decisions
  • Able to keep long- and short-term goals in mind

Weaknesses

  • May be demanding, critical, and intimidating
  • May place work above other areas of life
  • May overlook relevant facts and important details in haste to make decision
  • May not express encouragement or praise
  • May not invite or permit input and contributions from others

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While these are supposed to be work-related points, they absolutely ring true for other areas of my life.

So, now you can read my mind.


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