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Personality Types And Career Success

Every office is made up of different personalities with different strengths and weaknesses. For HR professionals, understanding these personalities is a key component of building successful teams, providing opportunities for advancement, and making other important personnel decisions.

But what role does personality actually play in a person’s professional development? Are some personalities more likely to be satisfied at work than others? Which personality types are more likely to lead more employees?

New data from the infographic below — compiled by Truity, developer of the TypeFinder® personality type assessment and other scientifically validated, user-friendly personality assessments — offers answers to these questions and more.

Some of the most interesting findings about personality type in the workplace include:

  • INFJs showed one of the smallest gender-wage gaps, with female INFJs earning 87 percent of what male INFJs earn.
  • ESTJ man were the highest earners of all type/gender groups at $75k.
  • ESFJs had the highest job satisfaction rating of all types.
  • ENFPs showed one of the largest gender-wage gaps, with female ENFPs earning just 72 percent of what make ENFPs earn.

Check out the full infographic to learn more about all the personality types in your office:

What do you think? Does personality type affect success and job satisfaction in your office?

A Guide For Reading Your Team’s Personalities

You know what would be ridiculously useful? If you could “read” other people.

If you predict how a co-worker would make decisions. If you could predict what they would do…maybe even before they knew it themselves.

How great that would be, right?

Well, below is a free guide that will get you started, and help you begin to understand the different communication styles of everyone on your team. Click the link at the bottom of this post to access the information in the chart.

Personalities

We affectionately call this a “cheat sheet,” because it’s an immediate reference guide for anticipating how people will respond in various situations.

Print this free guide, and use it with your partner, your team, and your entire business.

(And if your group hasn’t done the Fascination Advantage® assessment yet, you can do that right here.)

In our research with hundreds of groups, we’ve seen that the top teams aren’t built around similarities, but around differences. Once you identify the most valuable differences of each individual, your group becomes stronger as a whole.

Start applying this free guide with your group. Start to see how those different communication styles balance each other, and improve results.

Viva la difference!

This post is adapted from Sally Hogshead’s original post “How To Read People (A Free Guide For Teams).”

About the Author: World-class branding expert Sally Hogshead is the creator of The Fascination Advantage™: the world’s first personality test that measures what makes someone most engaging to others.

 

Empowering Your Brand: From The Shades To Personable Sunshine

“The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect,
So hard to earn so easily burned
In the fullness of time,
A garden to nurture and protect…”

—Neil Peart (writer and musician)

In all fairness, I didn’t read it. I only called the post out for the sake of comedic relief when others use popular, head-turning headline hooks. But then a Twitter follower asked me if I read the post in question, because it was actually tongue-and-cheek post about why recruiting is like Fifty Shades of Grey.

But I didn’t care, because I’ll never read that post, or listen to anything referencing the books’ premise metaphorically, or the actual novels themselves, nor will I ever see the movies. I chose to turn the page because what it represents to me and my sensibilities – equating abusive sexual power over women (and/or each other) to love, or at least to something that resembles mutual “like” and attraction.

You may like it and that’s fine. Enjoy. You may continue to leverage the marketing metaphor. By all means. Since the books were published and leading up to the release of the first movie on Valentine’s Day this year, relating the “shades” to HR and recruiting has been a marketing pastime.

Who am I to judge, since I’m now the one referencing the shades in this very article?

You may agree with me or not, but either way, I’m a vocal proponent of domestic violence and sexual abuse awareness. That is something I’ve been crystal clear about it, growing up in it. Plus, now that I have two young daughters, it’s even more acute to me – and I hope to you, too.

In fact, the next time you’re in a room with 6 people, think about the following (according to statistics compiled by NOMORE.org):

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.
  • 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.
  • 1 in 5 women are survivors of rape.
  • 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lives.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.

But that’s me. That’s part of my background, my now life, my persona, my personality, my personal brand, and what I choose to share about the sensitive subject includes being an advocate for awareness. That’s how I hope the world chooses to see me as well.

We are defined by where we stand and how we stand when it comes to our presence and our personality. That has never been truer than with online visibility. On the one hand it’s elevated the visibility of many more individuals across industries (while, some would argue, lowering the bar of quality and integrity).

We’re also under the microscope more than ever, and whatever we share online, stays online. Social media has forced more and more companies to use it as an early warning system to improve risk management, and for good measure, since there are plenty of missteps. Plus, every word we release online powers up the perpetual personality assessors – which are the rest of us.

And since the rest of us are judge and jury who can eviscerate and empower at a moment’s notice, wouldn’t you want to always power up that personable sunshine, the kind that drives long-term innovation and positive change? Wouldn’t you want the world to see how fascinating you are and how valuable you are to that same said world? Especially if you are innovative, passionate and positive?

If you do, understanding how the world sees you can help. There are plenty of personality assessments out there that tell you how you see the world. But how does the world see you? On the TalentCulture #TChat Show we talked about one such way via The Fascination Advantage, a “how the world sees you” assessment based on over two decades of communication research about how people and brands become more fascinating conducted by Kelton Research.

I took the personality assessment and found out that my primary advantage is “innovation,” my secondary advantage is “prestige,” and my archetype is “The Trendsetter,” which is a combination of the two.

What does it all mean? Well, it means that the world sees me as competitive and ambitious, that I’m able to influence direction with a fresh interpretation of market opportunities, that I’m a trailblazer who guides others in often-uncharted territories. I’m able to see opportunities where others see only threats and I implement change with determination.

Right on. I’ll take all these empowering words any day. Sally Hogshead, the creator of “The Fascination Advantage,” shared that, “When you find your more perfect words, that’s when you make a difference.” And because everybody has strengths, it’s the differences that matter and how we maximize our hopefully positive personas.

The differences – that’s how we power our personal brands. But unfortunately the carbon footprints we sometimes leave pollute our mindful presence and the very personal and professional relationships that are supposed to be the natural resources critical to thriving.

That’s why I recommend to live as inspirationally as possible and strive for more perfect words, and take ownership of your personality and your personal brand, online or off, to move from the shades to personable sunshine.

About the Author: Kevin W. Grossman co-founded and co-hosts the highly popular weekly TalentCulture #TChat Show with Meghan M. Biro. He’s also currently the Product Marketing Director for Total Talent Acquisition products at PeopleFluent.

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Career Personality Perspective: What’s Your Angle?

I’ve probably taken close to a dozen personality tests over the years. In just a few minutes, you get a trendy acronym or entertaining epithet to hang your hat on.

While I have found value in these assessments, I also see risk in becoming attached to the alluring labels: we can become quite fascinated with ourselves and our newly branded personalities.

I’m all for opportunities enabling personal growth and learning. The knowledge gained from these assessments can create a healthy balance of self-confidence and humility.

Personality tests can also encourage us to adopt a near-sighted view of ourselves. We think we know who we are.

So when I was approached to experiment with yet another personality test, I wondered what “angle” this one was working.

I jumped into the test. Short and sweet.

And surprising.

Sally Hogshead turns the predictable personality test upside-down. She has spent over two decades of research to develop The Fascination Advantage. It’s the world’s first personality test that shifts the perspective from how you see the world to how the world sees you.

This test challenges us to be the observer and the observed.

Understanding ourselves and how others perceive us is the winning combination for personal and professional success. Seeing yourself from the world’s perspective gives you the ability to fine tune your message to others. What you say may sound crystal clear to you, but your listener may hear nothing but static.

When you understand your fascination advantages and how they are perceived by others, you can dial-in those qualities for clear and concise communication.

Now you’re ringing your true cowbell: effectively communicating your “unique value proposition.”

The Fascination Advantage helps individuals find their unique “cowbells” and effectively communicate their workplace value. Brands can develop a signature story to attract, nurture, and maintain top talent.

For career and brand success in the Social Age, we must consistently demonstrate our value across generations, time zones, and cultures.

The ability to be the observer and the observed is a powerful soft skill to have in your reputation management and brand building toolkit.

Are you ready to learn about “The Fascination Advantage?”

We’ve taken the test here at the TalentCulture #TChat Show and it’s pretty awesome. My assessment results were spot-on!

We’re giving you the opportunity to take the test as well:

Go to HowToFascinate.com/YOU

Use code TCHAT and start your assessment!

Fascinate us and share your experiences with the #TChat community!

About the Author: Jessica E. Roberts is the Community Manager for TalentCulture and The World of Work Community. 

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#TChat Preview: How To Become Workplace Fascinating

The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT). The #TChat radio portion runs the first 30 minutes from 7-7:30 pm ET, followed by the #TChat Twitter chat from 7:30-8 pm ET.

Last week we talked about whether or not HR should be split into two branches.

This week we’re going to talk about how to become workplace fascinating.

Of course there are plenty of personality assessments that tell you how you see the world. But how does the world see you? What makes you or your company’s brand most fascinating, and most valuable, to the people around you?

You’re all about to find out. Over the past two decades of research on communication, this week’s guest found seven different ways to communicate and add value to your “audience.”

We’ve taken “The Fascination Advantage” here at the TalentCulture #TChat Show. It’s pretty awesome. And now we’ll give you the opportunity to take it as well!

The Fascination Advantage

Most personality assessments tell you how you see the world. Only one measures how the world sees you.

Here is your code to get your FREE assessment, and find out how the world sees you:

1. Go to HowToFascinate.com/YOU
2. For the access code, enter TCHAT

The Fascination Advantage is the first marketing-based personality assessment. Answer just 28 questions, and you’ll find out how others perceive you. Created by Sally Hogshead and based on results of 500,000 participants, this test will reveal the very best of how the world sees you.

Join TalentCulture #TChat Show co-creators and hosts Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman as we we learn about how to become workplace fascinating with this week’s guest: Sally Hogshead, creator of The Fascination Advantage™: the world’s first personality test that measures what makes someone most engaging to others.

Sneak Peek:

We hope you’ll join the #TChat conversation this week and share your questions, opinions and ideas with our guests and the TalentCulture Community.

#TChat Events: How To Become Workplace Fascinating

TChatRadio_logo_020813#TChat Radio — Wed, February 11th — 7 pm ET / 4 pm PT Tune in to the #TChat Radio show with our hosts, Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman, as they talk with our guest: Sally Hogshead.

Tune in LIVE online Wednesday, February 11th!

#TChat Twitter Chat — Wed, February 11th — 7:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm PT Immediately following the radio show, Meghan, Kevin and Sally will move to the #TChat Twitter stream, where we’ll continue the discussion with the entire TalentCulture community. Everyone with a Twitter account is invited to participate, as we gather for a dynamic live chat, focused on these related questions:

Q1: How do you get a good read on personality traits when screening future hires? #TChat (Tweet this Question)

Q2: How can job ads and employer brand attract desired talent? #TChat (Tweet this Question)

Q3: What are the advantages in knowing what makes your brand more fascinating? #TChat (Tweet this Question)

Until the show, we’ll keep the discussion going on the #TChat Twitter feed, our TalentCulture World of Work Community LinkedIn group, and in our new TalentCulture G+ community. So feel free to drop by anytime and share your questions, ideas and opinions. See you there!!

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