How I Behave

The Predictive Index is a workplace behavior assessment tool, intended to help managers get the best results from their workers. Recently, my current employer had me take the assessment. I thought you might be amused at the results.

David is a very verbal, animated and stimulating communicator, poised, and capable of projecting enthusiasm and warmth. A fluent, lively, forceful talker, he is able to sell ideas with assurance and intensity. He has a strong sense of urgency, initiative and competitive drive to get things done, with emphasis on working with and through people in the process. He understands people well and uses that understanding effectively in persuading others to do willingly what he wants them to do.

Impatient for results, David is a confident and ambitious “doer” and decision-maker, a self-starter who can delegate responsibility and authority when necessary. Having a distinctly low level of interest in details which are not pertinent to his goals, he will delegate them whenever possible, relying on persuasion, rather than close follow-up, to assure completion of such work. Venturesome and rather freewheeling, David is uninhibited in expressing and acting on his own ideas, which he will do without very much concern for traditional, established policies. Skillful at “selling” his ideas to others, he is also determined and persistent in expressing and acting on them.

At ease and self-assured with groups or in making new contacts, David is gregarious and extraverted, has a compelling impact on people, and is always “selling” in a general sense. He learns and reacts quickly and functions at a faster-than-average pace. Able to adapt quickly to change and variety in his work, he will become impatient and less effective if required to work with repetitive routines and details or to do structured work under close supervision.

When asked what I thought of the assessment, I responded that I thought it was pretty accurate. I don’t really think I’m a great fit at my current job.

5 comments… add one
  • Guarneri Link

    Well, at least you have more than the normal amount of vert…………

  • Andy Link

    Interesting. Having never met you I somehow formed this notion that you were always calm, cool and collected – not gregarious.

  • I think that gregariousness is one of the several errors in the assessment. It would be more accurate to say that I do many of the things that gregarious people do.

    A better description yet is that I’m assertive and do a good job of working a room.

  • steve Link

    Sounds like if you had inherited a couple hundred million dollars, you could have been a NYC billionaire!


  • Ann Julien Link

    “He learns and reacts quickly and functions at a faster-than-average pace.”

    Yeah, lightyears! This part is you all over. Your assessment is fairly amazing, nacherly 🙂

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