What is your personality profile?

There appears to be a global trend in people wanting to know more about themselves and how they ‘tick’.

It probably explains why personality profiling tools are all the rage these days.

They are being promoted all over social media – and it’s not just the corporates who are using them.Do You Know Your Profile?

Entrepreneurs, business owners, the self-employed, freelancers and individual professionals are also showing curiosity in their personal and psychological make-up.

These kinds of profile-revealing tools are not new, of course.

One of the most famous, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) had its origins before World War 2.

It uses a questionnaire to place people under four categories: Introversion vs Extraversion, Sensing vs Intuition, Thinking vs Feeling, and Judging vs Perception. The result is a four-letter profile such as ISTJ, ENFP or ISFJ, for example.

There are many more out there now. It feels as if it’s almost a new industry, each different concept vying for our attention.

Although there is a danger of profiles being seen as ‘labels’ placed on people, it hasn’t stopped people from signing up to take tests or complete questionnaires.

Profile test creators say understanding how we perceive the world, how we like to do things and how we prefer to think can provide useful insights. Having awareness of how we lead, manage, communicate and behave under pressure can help us to acknowledge our strengths, weaknesses and differences to others.

The ‘results’ can help us as individuals to work, think and tackle tasks in the way that best suits our profile ‘style’, they add.

In a team setting, profile outcomes allow the group to better understand each other better – and adjust for improved communications, collaboration and working together.

Which of these have you heard of or even tried?

I’ve already mentioned Myers-Briggs.

A popular one lately seems to be the Wealth Dynamics profile by Roger Hamilton. Take that test and you could discover you are a Creator, Mechanic, Supporter, Deal Maker, Trader, Accumulator, Lord or Star.

As with all these personality-type profiling systems, you’re given an explanation of what the different outcomes mean – for you and your relationships with others.

Another well-known one in is the DISC profile assessment. It focuses on behavioural traits and centres on four aspects – Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Consciousness.

Then there is True Colors, a methodology which produces a pie chart of colours Orange, Gold, Green and Blue. It’s based on the MBTI model.

In the creativity field and other circles, you may have heard of the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI), a whole-brain approach to our thinking preferences. Those who have taken the questionnaire receive a 4-digit binary profile, for example, 1221, 2211, 2112.

Do You Know Your Profile?The numbers reflect how you tend to think in relation to strategy, people, organisation and analysis of data. Interestingly, an individual’s assessment also includes a ‘shadow’ profile, which reveals how a person might think differently under stress.

The HBDI people make it very clear – as some other profile providers do – that the profile is NOT a ‘label’. The profile is not ‘set in stone’. People simply have preferences and tendencies. They are at one end of a metaphorical see-saw and can slide towards the middle or either end. Or think of it as a volume control. We can ‘dial-up’ a trait, approach or style – or dial it down.

A similar whole-brained thinking preferences tool to HBDI is the Neethling Brain Instrument (NBI), which talks in eight dimensions instead of four. It was developed by creative thinking expert Kobus Neethling.

As you can see, we’re all spoilt for choice.

The fact that these types of personality profile tests and assessments are so popular says something about our world today.

People like to feel they are self-aware and also have an awareness of others. There is also that sense of being part of a community of people who have gone through the same process and having opportunities to share experiences, results and outcomes with each other.

Friends and colleagues influence and encourage others to get their profile done. You sometimes see that in social media posts, groups and feeds.

And there’s a lot to be said for awareness and self-awareness.

Knowing how you are with being a VA. Knowing how you are at starting, running and growing a business. Knowing how confident, competent or complete you are with using tools like Microsoft 365.

An understanding of these factors can help you to assess, plan, take action and review.

Naturally, if you’re sitting at the lower end of the ‘see-saw’ when it comes to using Microsoft 365 you can find help from me. You can ask a question, invest in one of my online courses, book me for live training or attend one of my guest online trainings for other organisations and publications.

Keep watching this space for what’s new.

Shelley Fishel