Personality Preferences in Action
The next time youre in a meeting, watch carefully and you can see the different preference types in action. We've created a "typical" meeting script based on some of the more common preference types:
The Fieldmarshal: All right everyone, lets quiet down and get to planning this picnic. Youve all received the agenda I put together?
The Journalist: I got the agenda, but I was hoping we could brainstorm a list of topics to discuss now that were all together.
The Trustee: (Thinks to himself) Does it matter what is on the agenda? We certainly arent going to make any decisions.
The Administrator: We dont have time to brainstorm. I have another meeting in an hour. I thought we were here to talk about Fieldmarshals plan for the company picnic.
The Author: I think the picnic will be a great opportunity to meet everyones families and really become acquainted with each other.
The Fieldmarshal: Has anyone seen The Artist? (Calls her on the intercom) Why arent you in this meeting?
The Artist: I didnt get the email invitation, so I didnt think you wanted my feedback.
The Entertainer: I have a concern. What if it rains? Maybe we should scrap the idea of a picnic.
The Inventor: Well, if it rains, we can wear garbage bags and play some board games in the pavilion!
The Promotor: Have we asked the staff to vote on whether or not they want a picnic? I could do a quick verbal tally by walking around the cubicles.
The Administrator: That would take too long. Besides, our budget for this is small, so a picnic will be the most cost-effective approach.
The Pedagogue: (To the Administrator) Thanks for running the numbers for this budget. I think the picnic is a great idea, and no matter what happens with the weather, everything will work out fine.
The Fieldmarshal: Okay, back to the agenda. Item 1: what food do we want to provide?