Squad Goals: The tricky territory of assembling the perfect team.

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They say that the essence of a good work environment is a team that works well together. As a Manager it is very important that all the cogs in the system are compatible with each other and work swiftly and efficiently as a whole. But all these team members need to get along or at least be able to work together in order for the organization to benefit from them.

The job of the manager or the recruiter, then, becomes one akin to that of a chef. They can make sure that all the ingredients are present in the perfect proportions to make it a recipe for success.

The key ingredient to add to this recipe, however, is “personality”. Different personalities are like assets to any organization. They bring in their own unique perspectives on any matter and it is through the dialogue of these varied perspectives that new ideas emerge.

But we need to make sure that the personalities are well-balanced to make a good team. This isn’t always easy. If there are too many headstrong people, the discussion phase of a project never ends. If there are too many introverts, the team doesn’t communicate properly. If there are more people who cannot keep to deadlines, there is no scope for the project to succeed.

What managers need is a mix of people who contribute individually to make their team a success. But how does one assemble this team of Avengers without the help of the SHIELD? How can one make sure that the Tony Stark and Captain America don’t spend most of the mission fighting over the color of the curtains?

Personality tests help immensely for this. It is very important to know your employee inside out in order to put them in a team they’d thrive in. And while companies often do background checks and aptitude tests, personality assessment is a lesser known but far more effective tool to make sure that the team building is flawless.

A person who likes taking up new challenges and is open to new experiences is more likely to do better under a leader who will let their employees be. A conscientious, routine-loving fellow in a team of creative heads makes sure that the deadlines are followed. Of course, it takes some amount of practice to get this mix right but the results are worth it.

It is an art that is easy to master provided there is science in the form of assessment tests to back it up. So it’s all about knowing your employees! CB5 helps in getting the right team in place.

Why not try it today!

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Why knowing your strengths and weaknesses matters?

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Everyone has heard that story of the hare and the tortoise a thousand times. The hare and the tortoise decided to race one day. The hare was obviously swifter and soon acquired a considerable lead over the tortoise. But the hare was also complacent and hence decided to take a nap till the tortoise caught up. For nothing but bragging rights he left the race unfinished and slumbered away, while the tortoise, slowly but steadily won the race.

What we often forget to see is that this story is about two kinds of personalities. The fast, the furious and the enthusiastic hare and the slow, methodical and perseverant tortoise. In theory the hare could have zoomed to victory with his skills. He could have reached the finish line with time to spare and out-lapped the tortoise thrice in the process. Why did the tortoise think he had a fighting chance in all of this? Why did he assume that he could win the race?

The answer is simple. The tortoise was aware of the hare’s strengths and weaknesses as well as his own. The hare wasn’t. Despite being a shoo-in for winner, he managed to lose the race. This can happen in real life to.

Take the task of choosing careers for example. A doctor needs to be skilled and efficient but her personality can be of many different types. A benevolent and kind doctor would work well in an OPD while the calm, yet assertive, go-getter type would do better in a high pressure situation like a surgery. A student needs to understand which category he/she fits into and choose his/her career path accordingly.

Take the workplace as another example. Not being able to stick to a routine would not work for a manager or a high level official. It would be considered a weakness. But for an advertising copywriter? Having flexible hours is an asset. Being slow and methodical might be a problem for an investment banker but for a fact checker at a research institute, it is an absolute boon.

No one is asking you to change your personality. That is a very difficult task. But being aware of your strengths and weaknesses means that you can use your strengths to their true potential and  work on the weaknesses in advance.

Knowledge of one’s own strengths and weaknesses is not a burden, it is a thing of great value. One can move mountains if one finds the right kind of crowbar. The crowbar, in this case, is unlocking the true potential of your personality and placing yourself in the right place at the right time.

CB5 helps you know your Strengths and Weaknesses. So take the test today and Work your magic!

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How does psychology help you every day?

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Psychology is, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the study of the human mind and behavior. This may be the most clichéd way to begin the discussion on any topic but it certainly drives home a point. Psychology is nothing extra-ordinary. It pertains to all human beings.

People have a very strange notion of psychology. It would seem to them that psychology is only useful when something is wrong. It is certainly true that psychology and counselling are indeed very useful for anyone with any sort of illness or trauma and one should never hesitate to seek help. But that isn’t where the uses of psychology end.

While it could be argued that psychology can come to a person’s aid in an extreme situation, it can also be a very everyday thing.

So how does psychology help you in your everyday, mundane, routine life? Well, as the definition suggests, it studies the human mind and behavior. These are things that we come across and have to deal with, every single day! We aren’t islands, humans and human behavior is all around us and while we might not have to sit and observe it like the psychologists, it always helps to know a bit more about it to deal with it better.

Let’s take an interesting example to illustrate the many merits of psychology. Have you ever heard of the fundamental attribution error? It is also called correspondence bias sometimes? No? Let’s see psychology at work then.

You are on your usual commute to work when you notice someone you know and smile at them. This person, let’s call him Raj, doesn’t smile back but continues on his way. What do you think? Raj is just a rude fellow who doesn’t seem to bother himself with niceties. You see your work colleague enter late for the second day in a row. “She’s just a tardy person who thinks my time is expendable” you tend to think.

It’s another day and you are running very late. Your kids weren’t ready in time, the milkman gave your house a miss so you had to go and buy milk, your in-laws called at the last minute to discuss something, your spouse is sick. Raj tries to catch your attention on the train station but you avoid him so you can catch the last train to your place of work. You sit frazzled and annoyed throughout your entire commute. Even after all this. You arrive half an hour late and your colleagues give you a certain look. But, why don’t they understand what a bad day it has been for you? You aren’t rude or irritable or late usually. It’s just one of those days! It could not be helped.

But maybe the same was true for Raj or your colleague the other day? Maybe someone on the train thought you were a grumpy and rude person on your way to work the day you were late. Why does this happen?

This is the fundamental attribution error. The tendency to assume that the faults in other people are attributed to their character or personality whereas your own faults are due to the unique situation you are in. We often cut ourselves too much slack and judge others too harshly for the same sort of behavior.

But when we understand that this kind of error can happen, what do we do? We can be more accommodating at work and in our personal lives. We don’t need to take on more work, just understanding other people’s problems helps. And that is where understanding psychology helps to solve everyday problems!

Psychology to the rescue!

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In defense of Individual Differences

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Differences between people are generally considered to be a bad thing. When we see someone who is somehow different from us we are suspicious of them. We tend to celebrate what we have in common, not what makes us different as people

There is a tendency to emphasize more on the unity rather than the diversity aspect of people’s personalities.

“At the end of the day, we are all the same”

But are we really? If we were really all the same, wouldn’t the world just be a boring mass of the same person replicated over and over again. What a lackluster world that would be! One shudders to even think about it.

The truth is that human beings are different. We react to situations differently, we like different kinds of music, we cope with stress differently, we organize things differently, we approach the same problem from various perspectives differently. And it is these individual differences that make us interesting.

Imagine if the world was only full of creative, artistic people, no schedules, no deadlines, “Art for Art’s sake? Wouldn’t that be fun? Fun, it certainly would be but would it be functional? Who would keep records? Who would raise funds for making art? Who would feed the artists? Sometimes, as irritating as the stick-in-the-mud types may be, the world needs them to rescue it from spiraling into chaos.

On the other hand, what would happen to the world if it were only full of routine builders? Like clockwork, they would go to office, work all day, come back home and go to bed. The world would have no cheer, no art, no music. Every day would be the same dreary mess.

The point is that is takes all kinds to make the world. And it is a good thing that we are all different. Each of us has something new and unique to bring into the world.

What we must do however, is to be aware of individual differences and make our difference our strength. We need to figure out where we can contribute, to our family, to our job, to our organization and make sure that we are in the right place.

Let’s celebrate our differences and make the most of them.

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Self-awareness need not be a spiritual thing.

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Self- Awareness is a high and mighty sounding word. You probably thought of some sort of a spiritual Guru or the Gautam Buddha himself when you read it. It’s true though. Self-awareness is more often than not associated with meditation and yoga and a bunch of rigorous spiritual practices that most of us are not acquainted with or not interested in.

If you do like them, well good for you but let’s face it. For most of us meditation and trying to climb to a higher spiritual level isn’t really our cup of tea. We lead busy lives and often want to leave out these higher pursuits for the post-retirement blues.

Meditation is not for us. But Self-awareness just might be. It’s a common misconception that self-awareness has something to do with chanting mantras and finding answers to life’s difficult question.

That might be one way of doing it. But self-awareness can simply mean being aware of one’s own personality.  There are always aspects of our own personality that we are often completely unaware of.

We know our favorite foods, our beloved songs, we might know the color we like to wear on a bad day but we aren’t often aware of what makes us tick. We don’t know what kind of situations we are good at handling, we aren’t aware of aspects of our personality that help us cope with stress, we aren’t sure of what kind of social situations make us feel uncomfortable, and the list goes on.

But imagine if we were aware of these things. Just imagine if we already knew what we’re good at. We’d step forward with confidence and take charge of the situation without hesitation. We’d be able to avoid situations that we aren’t good at. Or if those situations were unavoidable we’d be able to avoid our own pitfalls.

It would make us better workers, parents, students and, in general, more efficient human beings. This is the power that self-awareness can give us.

But you might ask, how does one attain this kind of self-awareness? Well, the trick is to reflect and study your own personality in such a way that one can use one’s strengths and weaknesses to one’s advantage.

It helps to take some self-evaluation tests like the CB5 to help gauge what kind of person you are and what makes you work the way you do. Combining this with a little bit more self –reflection can make a huge difference to the everyday. So why not try a little non-spiritual self-awareness. You never know how much it might help.

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Know Your Superpowers!

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Imagine if Superman had no idea that he could fly. Or if Sherlock Holmes wasn’t aware of his powers of deduction. What use would their amazing powers be if they weren’t aware of them themselves?

Personalities are complex things. When we aren’t aware of certain aspects of our own personality, those aspects remain dormant. But when we do become aware of these aspects they are nothing short of superpowers that can help us in every walk of life.

When we think of careers, we talk about aptitude, we talk about marks, and we talk about colleges and institutes. It is sad that we rarely talk about personality. Our personality traits are things we carry with us throughout our lives. Our decisions are often based on them, our daily work is shaped on them, and our future is decided by them. And yet we ignore these superpowers that all of us have.

CB5 is a personality test that helps you become more aware of your own superpowers.

The CB5 report when coupled with an Aptitude Test and a consultation with a trained Career Counsellor, gives you an idea of the obvious as well as subtle aspects of your personality that can become assets to your career. Moreover, the Career Shakti report can add a deeper understanding of how one’s personality helps us choose the right work environment keeping our interests in mind.

The benefits of this assessment are manifold. When you know yourself better you can use your strengths better as well as work on things that might be your weaknesses.

This helps you deal with stress better, it helps increase confidence in your personality, it helps you deal with peers and teachers better because it gives you clarity about what you are like yourself.

So being more self-aware need not be restricted to being a spiritual or religious thing. It can be a practical process that helps you choose, decide and advance in your career even better.

Self-awareness as they say leads to progress. So, why not realize one’s inner superpowers and unleash the Superman or Sherlock Holmes today!

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Does Personality Matter?

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In the last three Posts we observed the possible behaviours of Fire Deparment Chief.

Let us explore how Personality impacts Behaviour in another Interesting Role – Quality Control Engineer; in a brick manufacturing unit; although we believe that the following can be applied to any QC position in any INDUSTRY!!!

The QC Engineer is expected to ensure quality checks at various manufacturing segments. Co-ordinate with various members of other teams. Ensure zero defect in manufactured bricks as per standards of the company/industry (6 sigma quality). Hold people accountable. Document and report appropriately in time. Make clear decision on rejections.

What could be great attributes for a Brick manufacturing QC Engineer/Auditor?

Let us list out the various facets that we have explored from an earlier POST  https://ceebeefive.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/success-factors/

Knowledge : Must have mastered the relevant know-how of the Brick Technology including Materials, Mechanics, Manufacturing processes, Brick Kiln technologies and possibly various other elements relating to Brick Manufacturing.

Skills : Must have experience over several cycles of the process of manufacturing bricks. Must be skilled on using the testing equipment for brick size (Vernier calipers?) Must have knowledge on Stress testing equipment. Must have experience in recording the information and sampling statistics. Must have experience in spotting defects and ensuring appropriate systemic reporting takes place.

Intelligence : Must have above average Logical and Analytical ability.

Physique : Should be able to work in an office environment and also on the shop floor.

and very importantly …

PERSONALITY!!   This person needs to be Goal Focused, Organised, Planful, Very Detail Oriented, Meticulous,  Rule abiding (ie adhering to standards as defined) Not accommodative (ie unwilling to bend rules), be assertive and willing to state facts as they are and be forthright.

Let us realize that the QC Engineer / Auditor’s job is fundamentally a difficult ROLE. This person is expected to find faults of OTHERS!!!

Inherently the performer of this job is likely to be disliked! So the incumbent ideally should be thick skinned and able to absorb pressures and stress and NOT be reactive.

If we have two persons who have similar themes in the Knowledge, Ability, Skills and Experience but are different in their personalities.  HOW would this impact the outcomes in the QC ROLE?

Let us assume we have PERSON ONE – who is exactly as described above and another person who is as talented and experienced as PERSON ONE. Let us call this one the NICE GUY!! This person is friendly and tactful, somewhat detail oriented and organised; also service oriented and comfortable with multi tasking.

What could be the potential outcomes of the two persons given that both are similar except their personalities and therefore behaviours.

While we strongly believe that Personality cannot be classified as Good or Bad; given a context, Personality can have supportive energy or stress created.

PERSON ONE in our opinion, as described above, will be BETTER suited for doing the job of a Quality Control Engineer.

This person will ensure that the quality standards laid down in the RULE book are always adhered to. He may appear steadfast, unrelenting and uncompromising and will tend not be bend norms or the rules established and unrelenting.

And ….This person is likely to get into conflict and arguments with others whose work he is auditing.

The other person – NICE GUY will be more liked and possibly get selected for the role as he is likely to be more affable and liked.His knowledge, ability and skills will be supportive in getting outcomes.

On the other hand, his Personality is likely to have a contrarian effect!!

His need to be affable, service oriented will push him to look for solutions and find pleasant outcomes. His comfort with multi tasking may create slippages in quality monitoring due to his propensity to be more distractable than the PERSON ONE. 

Or

As while he delivers high levels of Quality, he is likely to feel pressured as the job will expect him to be focused, critical, not necessarily bend to the demands of others and be forthright and hold his ground. Having to do so would go against his personality and this would eventually impact outcomes on the job and the health of the Suitable Person!!

Either ways the outcome is likely to be negative for the person as well as the job outcome.

Personality is a very Important facet which contributes to outcomes in ones life both at Home and in Work related situations.

How can you relate your PERSONALITY to your own situation at home or at work?

Which activities ENERGISE you as they are aligned with your Personality?

Please share your experiences when your Personality has contributed to good or bad outcomes!


Comments, Suggestions and Story/Theme Contributions are always WELCOME!

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