Tuesday, July 13, 2010

We've Got Personality....Part 2

Yesterday we figured out what our personality types are. Today we are figuring out just exactly what that means.
First, we should remember the animals and their letters:
B = Bull
O = Owl
L = Lamb
T = Tiger (think Tigger!)

The man behind the whole “BOLT” personality testing came up with Eleven Ways to Identify the Bull, Owl, Lamb & Tiger. They are…..

1. ASSERTIVENESS & EMOTIONAL LEVEL
    B = High                             Low
    O= Low                              Low
    L= Low                              High
    T= High                              High


2. BODY LANGUAGE
    B= Tight position; very little smile
    O= Perch
    L= Head Bob; Smile
    T= Talks with hands; animated; expressive


3. HANDSHAKE
    B= Hand on top; pump once
    O= Thumb back; block & pivot
    L= On bottom; softer; nurturing
    T= Pump


4. LOUDNESS OF VOICE
    B= Loud
    O= Quietest
    L= Quiet
    T= Loudest


5. SPEED OF VOICE
    B= Fast
    O= Slowest
    L= Slow
    T= Fastest


6. ANSWERS THEY GIVE TO YOUR QUESTIONS
    B= Short & Direct
    O= Lengthy & Detailed
    L= Pleasing Answers
    T= Delayed Reactions


7. THE QUESTIONS THEY ASK
    B= How Much? How Long?
    O= What are the details?
    L= Is everyone happy?
    T= Will it be fun?

8. MESSY VERSUS NEAT
    B= Messy-Neat (Looks like a mess, but they know right where everything is)
    O= Neat-Neat (“What’s a junk drawer?” Everything clean…ALWAYS)
    L= Neat-Messy (Looks like it’s clean, but when you open the drawer…not so much)
    T= Messy-Messy (Don’t really need an explanation…right?!)


9. DECISION-MAKING
    B= Fast
    O= Slower
    L= Slowest
    T= Fastest


10. RISK TAKING
    B= High
    O= Lowest
    L= Lower
    T= Highest

11. PUNCTUALITY
    B= On Time- Exactly
    O= 15 min. early
    L= Depends on who they are with
    T= 5 min – 5 days late.


Let’s Break it on down…..
BULL:
• Likes the bottom line – get to the point
• Fast decision maker
• Neat type of messy
• Results oriented
• Needs to control the situation
• Likes challenges
• Business first, then social
• Prestige & Status far more important than security


OWL:
• Likes detail and a full presentation from A to Z
• Takes time to decide is slow paced
• Very time conscious & early for appointments
• No Mistakes (yours or theirs)
• Does not like over-excitement or emotionalism
• Security more important than prestige
• Likes order and is more “neat neat”
• Doesn’t mind being alone


LAMB:
• Be their friend, give direction, show support
• Slow to decide; often changes mind
• Slow-paced and is messy type of neat
• Understands your mistakes; feels badly about theirs
• More emotional
• Security is more important than prestige & status
• Avoids conflict
• Wants protection & peace
• Social first, then business

TIGER:
• Not into details
• Fast to decide & messy-messy
• Fast-paced and often late for appointments
• Loves recognition & excitement
• More emotional
• Prestige & status more important than security
• Likes a challenge
• Social relationships are important
• Social first, then business


Do you get why this is important stuff? It’s kind of like the “Men are from Venus, Women are from Mars” theory, except for people individually, instead of gender specific. We are different. We face problems differently and we come up with solutions differently. We laughed about how in a Bull Only world there would be only productivity. In a Tiger Only world, fun fun fun. Et cetera.

When we understand, without feeling impatience or a strong desire to shake the personality we find annoying right out of our friends and family, we strengthen relationships! The bulls know to be softer with the Lambs. The Lambs know to have thicker skin with the Bulls. Take it in stride, if you will.

So fess up, if you want...I totally want to know what personality types you are. If you are married, what is your spouse? It would be interesting to see if we generallly really are attracted to opposites. Hmmm....interesting!

You just wait, you will be "profiling" left and right this week! You will like it! It is really quite fun....but then again, I am a tiger....so everything is fun! :) Ha!

(Charles Clarke is the inventor of the theories behind each of the personality types and the tests. He is a consultant that speaks to groups about recognizing personality types in order to build relationships and be more successful. For more information see his website HERE.)

6 comments:

Kristen Maier said...

I'm a mix between an owl and a lamb and my husband is a bull (100%)!

I don't like mistakes, but I understand mine and others. I'm more emotional. I like to be organized, but not so much over the top clean. I like avoiding conflict, but I know to be a better person, all feelings have to be put out in the open. And I'd like to social, but I want to get business first.

Yeah, so I don't know what that makes me... I guess it make me... ME!

Thanks for this little personality highlight. It was very interesting. I'm gonna pass it on on my blog at http://alltheproofineed.blogspot.com with a link to your site. Thank you again.

Lombardo Family said...

Hmm....very interesting test. I'm and Owl then Lamb. My Tiger and Bull were just barely behind that with the same score. So, I guess you could say.....I'm every singe one of them! :o) Sorry we won't be able to hook up in August. Can you tell I'm just determined to see you guys?

Gear Gang said...

I am a Lamb and Ryan is a Bull.
But, I am guessing you already know this :)

Collin & Elizabeth said...

owl then lamb..going to guess without taking it for collin that he is BULL. Very fun! Thanks!

Jelina said...

I'm finally getting to blog reading. I didn't even know you did this. Nice link to Charles Clark, too! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

soo i'm takinga break from homework and totally did this quiz...
I tied with the Tiger and the Owl.. :)

Kellsy

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