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Dr Speller Assignment #1 8-25-08

Dr Speller Assignment #1 8-25-08

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204-17_Your Surname_Essay1.doc Complete online the Personality test at http://www.personaldna.com/.

Based on the results, provide a brief written answer to the following questions about your learning behavior: 1. Where, primarily do I direct my energy? I love information and learning. When I am not working I spend up to 14 hours a day reading emails, exploring the internet just following where links and information lead me and watching Youtube, and other rich media viewing outlets. I like providing aggregated information like the “Drudge Report” but via mass distribution of opt-in emails to media outlets and individuals as opposed to a passive methods like a website that requires people to go to a site. If Drudge came to me like through a RSS feed, I would be prone to read or review it more often, but there are too many websites – too little time. 2. How do I prefer to process information? I am not sure exactly what this means, but I am completely multi-media oriented. I watch a lot of Netflix documentaries, Movies, read emails, the internet and listen to Podcasts. I am visual, kinetic and audio based on where I am at and what the environment allows, but I am ‘always on’, but unplug for hours or days at a time to allow for ‘processing’ of the information by my brain and allow my sub-conscious to ferret out what rises to the top in terms of importance and urgency to act on or follow-up/follow-through on investigative queries [to the ‘answers’ of life I have questions to]. I like tactile magazine and books that I can write notes in the side margins and circle and highlight information to preserve ideas.

3. How do I prefer to make decisions? I like to receive input via brain-storming sessions, input from involved parties and any relevant research that can be done from a variety of sources, depending on the subject or line of inquiry being done.



I save everything on yahoo because it has unlimited storage. Some old stuff does not retrieve well so I also .CC & .BCC to gmail and inbox.com. Backups are essential and email address to individuals become ‘virtual folders’ so when I go to search for something I can locate by association of WHO I sent it to as well as the subject to narrow the 14,000 or so emails, drafts and other data I have interacted with over the years. As I said this is about your learning behavior and life styles since that all comes into to play in Management of Individuals and Organizations. I hope that this is helpful. I am interested in seeing how others approached these questions, so this is my personal response to you. Where, primarily, do you prefer to direct your energy? • People? • • • • • • Yes Things? Not so much Situations? Not sure Ideas? A lot Information? Even More Explanations? To anyone who cares to listen and has more than a 30-second attention span Beliefs? I'm coming to the end of them....

How do you prefer to process information? • Facts? If such a thing exists... • Ideas? like behinds. everybody has some 2

• • • •

Personal knowledge? Whatever benefit that my offer as a somewhat researched and informed 'opinion' The unknown? trying to 'know' Clarity? rarely Ambiguity? mostly

How do you prefer to make decisions? • Objective logic? try my best • Personal beliefs? not so much any more

How do you prefer to organize your life? • Advanced planning? as much as is possible • Stability? try • Structure? try • Flexibility? try harder • Situational? as much as the situation allows

I do expect brief statements with an example or two of behavior to document your preferences.
Your may quote directly from the personality results if you agree with them.

Bring a written draft of your self assessment to class on August 26, 2008. You are an Advocating Inventor.

about you You are an Inventor
• Your imagination, self-reliance, openness to new things, and appreciation for utility combine to make you an INVENTOR. The biggest challenge I have is helping people to catch-up or keep up with the knowledge I have and to express to them the same ‘picture’ [Made to Stick – Heath Brothers] • You have the confidence to make your visions into reality, and you are willing to consider many alternatives to get that done.


Having been self-employed for a decade and launching 3 businesses, I know the price that has to be paid to succeed. • The full spectrum of possibilities in the world intrigues you— you're not limited by pre-conceived notions of how things should be. Getting people on board to participate is a steep hill, but the smart guys want to steal instead of participate and think they are ‘slick’. That often leads to having to do it yourself for awhile. • Problem-solving is a specialty of yours, owing to your persistence, curiosity, and understanding of how things work. It is fun to provide solutions – not as fun to help people understand them to implement them. • Your vision allows you to identify what's missing from a given situation and your creativity allows you to fill in the gaps. I practice this daily and my communication is good, but people are busy, distracted and have very short attention spans and thinking capabilities under these circumstances. • Your awareness of how things function gives you the ability to come up with new uses for common objects. It takes a lot of patience to help people ‘see’ what you envision. I persist over time to bring it to them piece-by-piece. • It is more interesting for you to pursue excitement than it is to get caught up in a routine. I easily get bored by repetition and like new challenges and environments. • Although understanding details is not difficult for you, you specialize in seeing the bigger picture and don't get caught up in specifics. I like the architecting better than the project management. • You tend to more proactive than reactive—you don't just wait for things to come to you. I look for ways to fix what is broken or improve the process if possible. • Generally, you believe that you control your life, and that external forces only play a limited role in determining what happens to you. The harder you work, the luckier you get. The ‘numbers game’ often plays out to one’s advantage.


If you want to be different:

• Try applying your creativity to more artistic arenas, and letting your imagination take less practical forms. I have been doing that lately and it has enhanced my analytical capabilities for solving a variety of problems.

how you relate to others

You are Advocating
• Being social, empathic, and understanding makes you ADVOCATING. My passion to help people often annoys them. I tried to stop and understand for many years but finally decided I would pay better attention to body language and help only those who want help, not those who need it. • Some people find being around others exhausting—but not you! You are energized by spending time with friends, and you are good at meeting new people. I try to be more sympathetic and understand people’s limitations, but am tired of living under their limiting rule. • One of the reasons you enjoy conversation as much as you do is that you often learn about yourself while talking things out with a friend; you realize things about your own beliefs while discussing them with others. I often ignore other’s opinions about me because they lack the time to get to know me, ask any questions or allow me an explanation. I have taken many of these types of evaluations for decades and them all say about the same thing: You are a bright talented guy – but people will hate you for that so be humble. Being ‘who you are’ should not be a point of embarrassment, especially because other folks are easily threatened or insecure. • You have insight into what others are thinking and feeling.


This ability allows you to be happy for others, and to commiserate when something has gone wrong for them. I feel like a Star Track ‘empath’ at times, sometimes ‘overreading’ body language and mood. To alleviate this distraction, I tell myself “It is them – not me, their problem, not mine, let them work through it and quit playing god.” • You are highly compassionate, and being conscious of how things affect those close to you leaves you cautious about trusting others too hastily. I have always been a very open person, but people have a penchant for wanting to store bones in the closet for a rainy day as weaponry, so I have learned to play life a little closer to the vest and be a bit more guarded and closed. • Despite these reservations, you are open-minded when it comes to your worldview; you don't look to impose your ways on others. Everyone has choices to make, that is what makes “free will” [under God] and Democracy [of sorts] so great. • Your sensitivity towards others' plights contributes to an understanding—both intellectual and emotional—of many different perspectives. I try to ‘see’ and feel from other’s perspective as long as they are not trying to purposely be hurtful or deceptive. • As someone who understands the complexities of the world around you, you are reluctant to pass judgments. We are all growing and have a lot of growing to do, so allowing that to happen in its due time and process is a time-table that cannot be rushed.

If you want to be different:

• While it's important to think about others, don't forget to take some time for yourself, and occasionally to put yourself first. I have had to be very deliberate to learn this and practice this. • Take some time to spend with a few close friends; although it's difficult to find people to trust, it's worth the effort. I do and it is worth the effort – really feels good to get together with friends. • When you have great ideas, it can be hard to relinquish control, but it can also feel good to take the pressure off and enjoy someone else leading the way.


As long as people have some ethics, it can be a good thing.

Your Personal DNA Maps
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Advocating Inventor
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Your Personality Chart
»Glossary of Traits
This chart shows thirteen personality traits. Each bar indicates the percentage of test takers who entered a lower value for that trait than you did. For example, if Confidence is at 80, that means that 80% of people entered lower values for confidence questions than you did. Based on a sample of 30,000 users. Click here to learn more about the traits.

Confidence Openness Extroversion Empathy Trust in others Agency Masculinity Femininity Spontaneity Attention to style Authoritarianism Earthy/Imaginative

Low High Low High Low High Low High Low High Low High Low High Low High Low High Low High Low High Imaginative Earthy

90 82 94 54 26 90 70 44 36 58 20 18 7

Aesthetic/Functional Functional Aesthetic 30

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