How do we know how others would like to be treated if we only look at things from our perspective? Understanding personality and generational preferences is so important because we learn about opposing or differing perspectives. To improve some of the key challenges in the workplace requires this understanding. These challenges include poor soft skills, low emotional intelligence, lack of engagement, and a negative culture. Many articles address how these problem stem from Boomer and Millennial conflict. Continue reading “Improving Workplace Conflict Requires Understanding Preferences”→
Several courses I teach include discussion regarding the importance of understanding personality preferences. Students often take personality tests to determine their “type”. Part of their type includes whether they are introverts or extraverts (Myers Briggs spells extravert with an “a” instead of an “o”). In my training to become a qualified Myers Briggs MBTI trainer, I learned that people have preferences for how they like to receive and process information. We were told it was similar to how people prefer to write with their right or left hand. That is why I found the recent Wall Street Journal article titled How an Introvert Can Be Happier: Act Like an Extrovert to be so interesting. The title contradicts some of what I learned in my training.
I often speak to students and career groups about how to obtain a dream job or reinvent a career. I have listed some of the most important points from my lectures, with appropriate links to articles, to explain the process. Be sure to click on the links listed under each step to watch videos and read the articles to get step by step instructions.
Define Your Goals:People fear making mistakes. Although it can be argued there are no mistakes, only learning experiences, part of avoid mistakes is to have good goals. The goals must be measurable with timeframes listed for when you wish to achieve those goals.
Create a Personal SWOT Analysis: SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. By creating a personal SWOT analysis, you can work on capitalizing on your strengths and find solutions for any weaknesses or threats.
Analyze Your Competition: When you are interviewing, you must remember there are a lot of others that are competing for the same job. Think of those things that you bring to the table that your competition does not. What do others have that you need to be working on in the meantime? Have you done your research? If an interviewer asks you the question: “Why did you pick our company?” . . . do you have a good answer? Know the answers to difficult job interview questions.
Use what You Have Learned to Succeed: Continue to use the things you have learned in order to obtain the job. Don’t stop setting goals. Stay connected through social networking in case the job doesn’t work out.