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Emmett Dulaney: Personality types, part two

Thu, 2012-08-30 15:49 -- univcomm
August 30, 2012

Previously, I babbled a bit about personality assessments/tests that are often used in various stages of the employment process, including the application phase. This week, I would like to share with you something about my own personality as reported by three assessment tools. This information comes from the printouts or descriptions accompanying them. Some are worded to talk specifically to me while others talk about my “type” in general and thus read rather oddly, but all are quoted directly nonetheless:

  • (Those of this personality type) “Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals … When committed, organize a job and carry it through …” (MBTI)
  • “Instinctively, you occasionally go off by yourself to think through things. Because of your strengths, you may feel more optimistic about life during weeks you invest at least five hours mulling over ideas, possible solutions, and/or opportunities ...” (StrengthsFinder)
  • “Gets things done by getting involved, gathering information, and questioning. Imagines many possibilities and senses all kinds of new problems and opportunities…” (Basadur Creative Problem Solving Profile)

Obviously, what is listed here is not the full description for any of the three — space won’t allow that — but only the opening narratives. Among them, there isn’t a single thing that I would disagree with. The problem is that I fear they apply as much to you as they do to me. I would venture to guess that — regardless of your own personality type — when committed, you can organize a job and carry it through. I will also go out on a limb a bit and say that you may feel more optimistic about life if you spend at least five hours mulling over possibilities. This last one is a stretch because I have never met you, but I am also going to proclaim that you get things done when you get involved.

When I was very young, I was fascinated by a “mentalist” who was popular at the time. I was fortunate enough to see him in person when he came in the area, and I also watched him on television, read his book, etc. His insight amazed me and it wasn’t until many years later that I came to realize that much of what he was saying to the crowd would often apply to anyone. While I am paraphrasing and can’t remember his words directly now, they were many times proclamations along the lines of: “you’ve recently been thinking of something meaningful to you,” “someone in your family has either been sick or has passed away within the past 10 years” and “you are looking for answers to some very difficult questions.” He was always right.

Likewise, enlightenments such as those the personality tools offered have to share a pretty strong batting average as well. I will close with one of my own insights, and this one is specifically for you based on my assessment of your personality as determined by your reading style: You will find that using the right tools may deliver superior results.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology. The Falls School of Business is one of Anderson University’s largest academic departments offering eight undergraduate majors as well as MBA and DBA programs. The school is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is a member of the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA).

Columns from Anderson University’s Falls School of Business are published Tuesdays in The Herald Bulletin. Tuesday’s columnist is Emmett Dulaney, who teaches marketing and entrepreneurship.