Who Am I?
“If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!”
J.M. Barrie ~ Creator of Peter Pan
Always climbing, never growing up and continually undertaking new adventures in the world, much like Peter Pan, these are themes that continue to drive me today. In addition to still loving a good tree climb, I thrive working under pressure, solving complex problems and asking why and how it can be done better. I have managed multi-million dollar projects, created successful technology companies and was a principal for a digital marketing and social media agency.
Specialties: 15+ years consulting, change management and business experience. 8+ years in business and project management. Global and foreign project management experience as well as people management and development. Strong marketing, instructing & sales with a technical background. Start-ups, business development, social media, communications & team building. Managed outsourcing, integration technology, mobile and web development and more.
Real Colors® is a dynamic workshop experience providing participants with the skills to understand human behavior, uncover motivators specific to each temperament and improve communication with others
The basis of this workshop is the Real Colors® Personality Instrument: a user-friendly, intuitive tool that identifies four personality types common to all people—Gold, Green, Blue, and Orange. While represented visually above, here are the traits that correspond to each color.
While there are several ways to measure personality, this workshop provided some of the best feedback and insights into my personality. I am a very ‘strong orange’ personality. In fact, I had the highest Orange score of anyone in my class.
- ORANGE – 90% – Dominant, quick to decisions, clever and quick witted, create energy & excitement.
- GREEN – 66% – Rely on facts, ask questions, wander from idea to idea, use puns or play with words or word meanings.
While not as dominant, here are some key color attributes from Blue & Gold that I exhibit.
- Blue – 44% – Direct and honest, take time to listen, voice appreciation to others, verbally expressive and outgoing.
- Gold – 44% – Use clear and precise language, cut the small talk, reach conclusions and make up their minds quickly, show concern by discussing ways to solve others’ problems, focus on things that need to be done.
Most recently taken March, 2015, the purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.
- Where you focus your attention—Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I)
- The way you take in information—Sensing (S) or Intuition (N)
- The way you make decisions—Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
- How you deal with the outer world—Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
My MBTI type is ENFP, also described as Extraverted Intuition with Feeling.
- E – Extraversion – People who prefer Extraversion tend to focus their attention on the outer world of people and things.
- N – Intuition – People who prefer Intuition tend to take in information from patterns and the big picture and focus on future possibilities.
- F – Feeling – People who prefer Feeling tend to make decisions based primarily on values and on subjective evaluation of person-centered concerns.
- P – Perceiving – People who prefer Perceiving tend to like a flexible and spontaneous approach to life and prefer to keep their options open.
The Inspirer – Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.
The Clifton StrengthsFinder
™ measures the presence of 34 talent themes. Talents are people’s naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied. The more dominant a theme is in a person, the greater the theme’s impact on that person’s behavior and performance. Here are my Top 5!
- Woo – love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person
- Strategic – create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
- Maximizer – focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb
- Competition – measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.
- Activator – make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They can be impatient.
One of my core values, both professionally and personally is to continually learn and find ways to improve. That being said, when I started my rotation as a Workday instructor, it was important for me to find a way to get feedback from the class that I could use to improve as an instructor and apply to the next class. After researching different methods and rating scales, I decided to use the S.P.I.C.E Model
because it was important for me to not only know if I was being rated a 3 out of 5, but also how and where I needed to improve. The SPICE model is a research-supported audience evaluation tool that measures specific skill areas, which can then be targeted for improvement.
Below are the areas measured and my results on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the top rating. The survey was taken over 7 classes and 3 months with over 60 responses (roughly 75% of students completed the survey).
- Speech – 4.68
- Can be clearly heard and easily understood, using pauses and inflection to vary pace and tone.
- Presence – 4.77
- Appears energetic and in control of the presentation, effectively using gestures and movement to enhance concepts.
- Interaction – 4.28
- Encourages participation, asks questions, and appears receptive to comments or suggestions.
- Clarity – 4.22
- Presents an organized, clear message, using concrete examples, supported by uncluttered, easy-to-read slides
- Expertise – 4.77
- Logically explains and simplifies the content while meeting stated learning/session objectives.
Below is some imagery of my two dominant personality themes. Click here to see the details around ORANGE and GREEN.