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Profiles.

The best-adjusted people are the ‘psychologically patriotic,’ who are glad to be what they are.”
― Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type

Over the course of my career, through participating in various team & leadership development programs, I have had the opportunity to complete several self-assessments.  While I don't think that any profiling tool is perfect, I believe they have helped me learn more about myself and how I work with others.  What I think these tools are most useful for is serving as a means to facilitate conversations between people about how we interact with each other and how we can work best together. 

Below I share the high-level results from these tools.  If you are a recruiter or on the selection committee for a role I have applied for, I invite you to register on my 'member page' where you can download copies of full reports if you will find them helpful.

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Strengths finder.

My top 5 themes:

1. Strategic: People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

2. Learner: People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

3. Achiever: People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.

4. Responsibility: People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

5. Individualization: People who are especially talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.

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Discovery insights.

I have completed the Discovery Insights profile twice over a decade apart, both characterizing me as a 'Reforming Observer' (35). Interestingly the MBTI consistently characterizes me as an 'ENTJ,' which maps to 'Motivating Director' (3) on Insights. Somewhere between these lies reality, as many aspects of both profiles fit me.

Insights suggest the following are my key strengths:

  • Uses common sense.

  • Responsibility.

  • Fair-mindedness in implementing systems.

  • Encourages structure and order.

  • Thorough.

  • Does not accept second best.

  • Practical ability in implementing tasks.

  • Keen observer.

  • Open-minded.

  • Commitment to his work.

 

Myers-Briggs (MBTI).

I have completed the MBTI many times, and it consistently characterizes me as an 'ENTJ'. As I mentioned above this is slightly different from the results of the Discovery Insights which has me leaning more on the introverted side of the divide. Aspects of both profiles resonate strongly with me, however. 

MBTI suggests the following are my key strengths:

  • Efficient 

  • Energetic 

  • Self-Confident 

  • Strong-Willed 

  • Strategic Thinking 

  • Charismatic and Inspiring 

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Comparison

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Emotional intelligence (EIQ) inventory.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth (Mayer & Salovey, 1997).

Because EI, unlike personality, is a learned skill, it is an area that I continue to work on and develop. This is one of the more recent assessments I have completed. 

 
Reflective best self exercise. (RBSE)

The Reflected Best Self Exercise™ (RBSE) is a personal development tool that helped me see who I am at my best, engaging me to live and work from this powerful place daily. Unlike most other feedback tools, the RBSE isn’t limited to self-assessment. It invited people from my life and work to share stories of moments they feel they’ve seen me at your best. The RBSE enabled me to gain insight into how my unique talents have positively impacted others and give me the opportunity to further leverage my strengths at work and in life.

Themes that emerged from when I'm at my best:

  • Courageous & resilient

  • Positive & optimistic

  • Driven, perseverance, passion

  • Kind, caring, thoughtful & considerate

  • Nurturing friendship/relationships

  • Bring the out best in people & mentoring

  • Making people feel comfortable, safe, and secure 

  • Advocating for patients, quality, and safety

  • Calm & unflappable

  • Duty, service

  • Leading

  • Looking after people, hosting, altruistic, putting others first

  • Listening

  • Working in teams

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Multisource feedback (360s) & annual appraisals.

I routinely seek feedback to help me better assess my performance and opportunities for development. These include multisource feedback (360s) as well as participating in an annual appraisal process. 

My most recent 360 in 2020 had an Assessor mean score of 4.9/5 from 15 anonymous responses from a cross-section of my peers, people I supervise, collaborators and senior leaders.

Further reports are available via the link below for employers and recruiters. 

 
Healthcare leadership model self assessment.

The NHS Healthcare Leadership Model helps those who work in health and care to become better leaders. It describes the things you can see leaders doing at work and is organized to help everyone see how they can develop as a leader. It applies equally to the whole variety of roles and care settings that exist within health and care.

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