Alison 101

A couple months ago we took a personality profile for work. I had forgotten about it for a bit, then the results were just revealed to us in a detailed 20 page profile last week. The intent is to learn more about ourselves, and understand where others are coming from as well, so we can more effectively communicate and work together.

I was classified as a helping inspirer. (The results came in very similar to my Meyers-Briggs profile, where I am an ENFP.)

In a nutshell, I’m considered the personality type that is the glue that holds teams together . . . I’m all about collaborating and cooperating.

I value freedom, flexibility, reflection, but also crave consistency. I freak out over conflict and high pressure and all I really want is for people to let me know that I am important to them and that they appreciate me.

On good days, I’m sociable, encouraging, sharing, persuasive, enthusiastic and demonstrative. On bad days, I can be frantic, hasty, excitable, reliant, and stubborn.

And I’m that person who has lots of ideas and can motivate people to get on board with them . . . but don’t expect me to follow through and see that they happen as I get depressed and bored in dealing with details.

Overall, I was really impressed with the accuracy of the report . . . I found myself nodding my head and saying YES YES YES to about every description in my profile. It was crazy spot on. All of my coworkers did the same with their reports, actually, so it was pretty cool.

It really breaks things down – from how I act under stress, how people can best relate to me, my weaknesses, my strengths, how to manage me, even how I change to compensate for my work environment versus personal life.

Anyway, I just thought it’d be fun to share some of the statements that really hit home about me and some are just pretty funny.

I’m sure anyone who knows me can attest to the truth on at least one of the following:

  • When communicating with Alison, do not fail to allow enough time to talk with her. 
  • Alison has a difficult time saying no or asking for help.
  • Alison should not be left alone in the office. 
  • Do not assume her sunny disposition means that she agrees with everything you say.
  • She is good at reading people and situations and will seldom be far wrong about the motivation or intent of another person. Despite this, she is often hurt when a relationship goes wrong.
  • Alison is always acutely aware of what is and isn’t appropriate behavior.
  • Usually verbal and persuasive, she will withdraw quickly from confrontation unless provoked to the extreme, where then she may go “off the deep end” verbally.
  • Her occasional failure to face up to disagreeable facts can mean that problems are sometimes ignored rather than solutions sought.
  • She may open her mouth and fall in.
  • When managing Alison, recognize that she needs to be able to come and go as she pleases.
  • At work, Alison is motivated by the availability of support staff to assist with her paperwork. 
  • She is socially interactive, while preferring to view the world realistically and tangibly.
And that, my friends, is Alison 101, haha.

Comments

  1. This is so funny! LOL at several of them. I think this is one of the funnier ones: Alison should not be left alone in the office. What does that mean? You’d be bored and lonely with no one to talk to? And the coming and going as you please, they follow up with you know what’s right and wrong – so obviously even though you want to come and go as you please you won’t be doing it. 20 pages sounds pretty in depth – definitely interesting stuff there!

  2. Yeah, don’t leave me alone, I won’t be productive, I get lonely!!!

    Well, I actually really do come and go as I please and I need that . . . I can’t have someone micromanaging my schedule! Though, if I was hourly and in say, a call center environment, I definitely wouldn’t because of course that wouldn’t be appropriate.

    my mom read my full profile and said, “99.9% spot-on” crazy how accurate this stuff is!

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