Is that Really Me?
Written on the 22 July 2014 by Markku Kauppinen, Extended DISC North America
One of the best parts about my professional life is that I have the opportunity to work with so many talented and successful individuals. Many also happen to be our clients. They are people who are very passionate about their work and have a genuine interest in helping other people to achieve their goals and become more successful in their professional and personal lives. While these individuals come from different educational and industry backgrounds, all of them share one common denominator: they are all very self-aware. Not only that, all of them have taken a very honest and candid look at themselves and are comfortable with their strengths and weaknesses.
Typically, they also have a healthy sense of humor about who they are. They do not take themselves too seriously and rarely use their own behavioral style as an excuse for bad conduct.
“It says here that I am not aggressive enough. I think I am pretty aggressive. I go after my goals. I know you do not know me that well yet, Jim, but don’t you think I am pretty aggressive? Also, I think I am pretty detailed-oriented. I have learned from my mistakes and really try to get better at taking care of details...not that I LIKE details, they usually drive me crazy!” Susan said laughing out loud.
“I see....” Jim replied.
“Do you think some of my colleagues may find me too aggressive? I really do not want to come across that way...I want to focus on my goals, but it is important to work toward the goals together. It is more fun that way too, don’t you think? I remember working for this one guy years ago. He was a real jerk. The only thing he was focused on was his own goals. Everything was about him, him, him. I could not stand that guy....”
Author: Markku Kauppinen, Extended DISC North America