Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Work Style

I prefer synthesizing the big-picture and working from that understanding to accomplish any goal. I dive deeply into details and facts to understand the big picture. Sorting through large amounts of information is not intimidating. When working on a project, I know where I am and how to reach the goal. What "floats my boat" is my sense of practical creativity in the moment, which ultimately paves the road to that final destination.

I am a natural optimist: I view the glass as half full rather than half empty. I don't waste my time worrying about the past or the future. Most of my energy is focused on the here and now.

I naturally communicate information, ideas, and feelings. I enjoy sharing new information with others. My ideal setting is where an open exchange, intellectualization and ongoing discussion can take place. I can handle an open-ended, semi chaotic environment with a limited amount of noise. I recharge my emotional batteries by interacting with others. A looser environment keeps me from becoming anxious and bored. I draw my energy from working with a group, and I provide others with energy and enthusiasm in turn. I confirm my knowledge and insights by teaching the material to someone else.

I intentionally spend a lot of time pondering future and cultivating the behaviors, activities, skills, knowledge, processes, and ideas that will be important. My preparation frees me to be present-tense-oriented; I do not have to plan to excess. I keep a close eye on what I expect to unfold, and as long as things are moving in the right direction, I’m patient and can let them develop.

I can keep records and write reports, but this is not my forte. When taking directions, I generally will comply. I like getting things done in a routine or orderly fashion, and I love processes that make me, and the groups I work with more efficient. At the same time, I am alert to new opportunities and creative alternatives and I enjoy embracing novel, possibly better ways of completing the task at hand.

My preference is to collaborate to complete tasks, but having someone breathing down my neck and telling me exactly how to do something only works for me for a short period of time. Eventually, though, it will make me snap.

I know where I am in the present moment and I know where I have to go. The details between the here-and-now and the end point are clear in my mind and I am aware of the protocol and paperwork needed to bridge those two points, but formalities are not my primary focus. What overrides them is the final product. If someone questions how I’m going to get the job done, I will be able to fudge an answer, but you should probably know that I will do it my way.

I am very aware that success and achievement are important. I base my name and reputation on what I have accomplished, and to a lesser but meaningful degree on whom I know and who knows me. Although I enjoy seeing my name in print or in the spotlight, what really motivates me is my ability to use past success, achievement and recognition to illuminate others.

When making a presentation or speech, I can talk effectively without notes. Part of what drives the emotional content of my spoken word is my spontaneity, and the feelings of the moment. I draw my energy and confidence from the crowd. I have spent the better part of my life developing this style, which touches people in a manner that ensures they will remember everything I said. I know how to work a crowd!

I know that I have what it takes to inspire others and spur them to action. It does not matter if the group is large or small; I know how to move the crowd. My enthusiasm and intelligence motivate others toward a goal before they cross the starting line.