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You may have recently seen a friend post on Facebook or Twitter the results of their iPersonic Personality Type test, revealing themselves as an Analytical Thinker who likes to get to the bottom of things, or a Spontaneous Idealist with a contagious zest for life.

Did you complete the test? What did you think of the results?

If you haven’t had a go, head to the iPersonic website and take the test yourself and see what the results reveal (it takes about 5 minutes and requires no registration).

The results can be quite insightful about some or maybe all of your personality traits and how you might react in certain situations, which can be a real bonus when it comes to planning and executing the route to your goals.

However, have you ever considered what someone else’s profile might be, and how engaging effectively with their personality type can achieve an even bigger benefit for you or the project you’re involved in?

It’s one thing to know what you are like and how you behave when put under pressure, or whether you prefer to work on tasks with people or independently.

But recognising the personality traits of others, and shaping how you present a point or encourage someone to bring their perspective to the table, can really drive positive relations with others and could ultimately lead to a more successful result which has the buy-in of more of the project team.

Take for example if someone is an Independent Thinker (in iPersonic language). They may spend a lot of time sitting quietly in the corner, not contributing to the task at hand and appearing distant from all that’s around them.

It could be that they’re thinking about numerous consequences of the project and weighing up the pros and cons of various strategies to get the best result, rather than being not interested.

Encouraging that individual to bring those strategies to the table could identify options you’ve not considered.

A simple “what are you considering?” question to that individual would give them the opportunity to contribute, and may find the hidden piece to the puzzle you’ve been looking for.

There are several personality profile tests available: Myers-Briggs/MBTI® Personality Type, Insights®, DiSC® Profiles to name but a few, and you may have completed one at some point in your career. I’d encourage the same behaviour with the results of each profile…

Research and consider the personality traits of others as well as your own.

If you can shape how your personality profiles interact, you can create a positive environment that puts you on a strong path towards your goals and those of the project team.

Graham

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