Thursday, March 15, 2007
i'm a visonary dynamo....
i took the monster JASPER test today to figure out what some of my strengths where.
this is what i found out:
my unique strengths are:
What you want out of work:
To dream big and to foster your creativity and knack for innovation.
Your colleagues think of you as:
A creative, abstract thinker who is fun to watch in action.
What you have to offer:
Not only new and better ideas for how things can be improved, but also the courage to pursue them.
Your JASPER type
Danelle, your answers indicate that you are a Visionary when it comes to your overall work type. Your JASPER type is a combination of your most prominent work traits and is a good indicator of what you're like at work.
How unique are you?
Your combination of strengths is quite unique - only 13% of people are Visionaries.
Knowing Your Colleagues: The Other Work Types Now that you know a bit about your type, you may want to learn about the other kinds of workers out there. After all, you probably work with many of the different JASPER types on a daily basis. Do any of the below descriptions sound familiar to you? Perhaps one of them perfectly describes a coworker. Read on and you'll find tips on how to best interact with these types.
You are actively taking many of the necessary steps toward moving into a different job or field. You've made the decision to move on and are now doing what's necessary to get there. While you may not have decided what type of job would be best for you, you are nonetheless taking active steps to find a new one.
You could be sending out resumes, interviewing, and waiting to see what comes of your efforts. Or, if you have decided to completely change fields, you may be busy filling out applications for advanced training or schooling. Either way, the essential component to this Career Stage is that you are no longer just thinking about something different or feeling settled in your job; instead, you have taken the big and courageous first step to actually embark on something new.
When it comes being a leader, your style is Innovative
You tend to be inventive and proactive in creating new ways for things to be done. When tasked with leading, you bring a sense of confidence, which can often be motivating and empowering for others. You are quite comfortable in your ability to brainstorm original ways for things to be more productive, and you aren't afraid to take risks if it means finding a new, better way.
While you shine most in your ability to be an Innovative leader, you may still exhibit qualities of other leadership styles. The section below points out the areas in which you also show promise and that you may want to concentrate on developing. What's important to remember is that leadership style is a multi-faceted trait and one that may change and evolve as you advance in your career.
From combining the first letters of the four Personality sub-dimensions on which you scored highest, your Work Personality type is ESRC. 18% of JASPER test takers have the same Work Personality as you.
The ESRC type is the most common, at 18% of test takers, reflecting someone who is Expressive, Spontaneous in working toward goals, Rousing in responding to others and Composed during stressful situations. Does this sound like anyone you know?
You are more Expressive than Introspective when it comes to your interpersonal style. This means that you have an energetic aura about you, and you are perceived to be quite gregarious. You are open and outgoing and draw energy from your interactions with others. You probably enjoy working in collaboration with others rather than working alone
You are more Spontaneous than Deliberate when it comes to how you work toward your goals. This means you tend to push the envelope or suggest new ways of doing things, rather than following the rules every time you do something. While occasionally impulsive, you have fresh ideas and are able to break out of the mold, which is valuable for helping others think of new approaches.
You are more Rousing than Agreeable when it comes to how you interact with others at work. This means that you challenge the status quo, not only in coming up with new ideas but in also calling upon your colleagues to think outside the box. Although you are known to push the envelope, you do so in a manner that is thought-provoking and beneficial to the company. Your animated personality can make those around you feel energized.
You are more Composed than Passionate when it comes to your emotional style and how you respond to stress. This means you have a calm temperament and function in a relaxed manner. You are not one to become highly emotional about bothersome work issues but instead remain composed and collected. People can usually rely on you to bring a calming presence to even very tense situations.
Based on your answers, you are strongest in Communication Skills
You are likely an articulate person and have received positive feedback from others on your writing ability or your skill speaking to groups. Even if you aren't regularly called on to present ideas to others, you have confidence in your ability to convey thoughts and ideas in a clear and eloquent way. You are not one to get overly nervous when speaking to those in positions of authority. Instead, you get excited and energized when given an opportunity to display your skills.
Your Collaborative Work Style
While you're not at a loss when working by yourself, you feel much more productive when you can work with a team and bounce ideas off other people. You enjoy the camaraderie of working with a group and feel much more effective than when working on your own. You are likely confident in your ability to open up and share your ideas and thoughts with others and don't feel insecure when others review your work.
Even though you prefer collaborative work, it doesn't necessarily mean that you are an extrovert or a people-person. In fact, it may be quite the contrary. What is important to note is that your collaborative style is a reflection of the fact that you believe you do your best work when you have the opportunity to work as part of a group.
Your Questioning Work Style
While you trust the decisions of your superiors, you feel better when you understand the reasons behind certain decisions. You aren't comfortable simply accepting things at face value; rather, you prefer to critically assess others' decisions and offer your own opinions.
Even though you see the value in questioning the rationale behind organizational decisions, that doesn't necessarily mean you question everything. Instead, you are tactful and speak up only when you believe there could be real benefit from such a challenge. As such, your colleagues and superiors likely appreciate your willingness to put yourself out there on behalf of the organization.
The concept of Values addresses the aspects of a job that are the most important to you. Values can be either tangible or abstract, but they are things from which you derive the most meaning and motivation.
The graph shows how important each of the six Values is to you.
As you can see, the value most important to you is Balance
While you are likely very dedicated to your career, your outside interests, well-being, and personal relationships come first. For you, work should be flexible enough not to interfere with your personal life, and it should allow you the freedom to pursue outside interests. It's important to you not to be overworked or over-stressed, and you don't want a job that will potentially interfere with your personal life and sense of overall balance.
Your high score indicates that Personal Growth is an important value to you. For you, work should be one of the main ways you experience new and exciting challenges. More than just a job, you believe that work should provide the freedom to use your talents and the opportunity to find personal meaning.
Achievement ( 7 )
Your high score indicates that Achievement is an important value to you. You are likely driven and determined to achieve as much as you can in whatever you do. Not only do you want success, but you also probably desire the expert-status and admiration that come with it.
Helping Others ( 6 )
Your score indicates that Helping Others is of moderate importance for you. While you ideally would like your work to benefit society in some way, you recognize the limitations of such an altruistic work objective. Instead, you do what you can to help others within your job, even if that doesn't necessarily mean directly making the world a better place.
Security ( 6 )
Your score indicates that Security is of moderate importance to you. While you no doubt prefer to know that your job is safe, you don't necessarily make career decisions based on it. Instead, you simply enjoy the consistency and stability of a secure environment, and like few unknowns to pop up along the way.
Financial Success ( 1 )
Your score speaks to the fact that monetary rewards are not too important to you. While you may still desire financial security, you are not simply motivated by the prospect of affluence nor do you make work decisions based on it.
It's important to remember that your values change over time and as you enter different phases of life. As you age and grow, what was once important early in your career may be replaced by something completely different. For example, if you have children, you may value Balance more than Achievement.
There are many different aspects to a workplace that can affect your job satisfaction. Based on your personal experiences in a variety of work settings, you have probably developed preferences for the type of environment you like to work in. Work Environment assesses what's most important to you and those things that simply don't matter much when considering the physical, emotional, and functional aspects of your workplace.
Flexibility ( 10 )
Because of your adaptability, you favor a workplace that fosters a sense of fairness and affability, a place that understands and is willing to accommodate you. This environment is relaxed, feels safe, and most likely exists in a less traditional workplace.
Supportive Atmosphere ( 8 )
You want your workplace to be one that is compassionate, fair, and accommodating of people's personal needs. While you don't expect your employer to cater to every whim, you desire a feeling of safety and support. It is your hope that your workplace will foster open communication and a sense of intimacy.
Fast-paced atmosphere ( 5 )
As someone who most likely favors a consistent and low-stress work routine, you probably don't get energized or excited by the hectic nature of a fast-paced work environment.
Consistency ( 4 )
As someone who doesn't need to have the same routine each day, you don't place much importance on the consistency and stability more traditional work environments usually offer. Instead, you may prefer a more spontaneous and unpredictable environment.
Professional atmosphere ( 3 )
While you may not be opposed to a traditional office environment that requires a certain degree of professional dress and manner, this type of setting simply isn't a top priority for you.
While each job has its own unique set of tasks, most jobs involve one of three general work categories: Data, Objects, or Ideas. Work Tasks measures the type of work you most enjoy.
You most prefer working with Objects
You enjoy the physical aspect of objects such as machines, tools, laboratory equipment, or natural resources. You like working with your hands, and enjoy tasks that involve something you can touch or manipulate. Despite the fact that you favor the concrete aspect of object-based work, you likely also have a knack for creativity and coming up with new ideas for projects and have little desire to sit at a desk all day.
Although you may not currently be in an occupation that involves physical items, having good dexterity, being patient and deliberate in your approach to completing tasks will help you excel in this area. You may want to consider some object-heavy occupations such as a mechanic, surgeon, or landscaper.
People who prefer work tasks that involve Ideas tend to take great pleasure in brainstorming creative ideas and having discussions about abstract concepts, which usually involve collaborating with their colleagues. Not overly concrete, idea-people like to be the ones who come up with the ideas as opposed to figuring out how to implement them.
Idea-people can be found in the following occupations: advertising, copywriting, architecture, software development, and writing.