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How to Identify Your Unique Working Style

How proactive are you in ensuring that you operate under the ideal working conditions for you? Becoming self-aware of your working strengths and weaknesses can be a tremendous advantage in distinguishing yourself among your peers in the office. By applying a few of the suggestions listed below, you can become more selective in the types of assignments you take to position yourself best for success.

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Take a personality test
Through my research, I’ve narrowed down the two most effective personality tests to define or label your signature working style. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (myersbriggs.org) can measure your level of introversion/extroversion and thinking/feeling tendencies that can allow you to seek more collaborative or individual-based projects that fit your strengths best. If you struggle at work due to social or isolated discomfort, maybe that feeling is driven by the incompatibility of your personal preferences to completing the task at hand. Wealth Dynamics (wealthdynamicstest.net) is a recent methodology developed by Roger James Hamilton who can categorize the type of “wealth creator” you are. Perhaps you the Star, Deal Maker, or Accumulator you never thought you were. Knowing this about yourself might give you that push you need to finally break away and do something entrepreneurial or switch departments.

Solicit feedback from others
After you complete any project, I suggest conducting a debrief session with your team, manager, or stakeholder to understand what went well and what could have been improved. Take advantage of these opportunities to understand what people thought of your contribution and use that information to see how your working style is perceived by others. If you thought you did a great job collaborating but your client felt differently, you may have to re-calibrate your working approach to add value on a future project.

Be honest with yourself
Are you trying to be someone at work you know you’re not? Are you stuck behind a desk crunching numbers all day but would rather be engaging clients face-to-face and selling? Maybe you’re selling but would prefer something more analytical or intellectually stimulating. If you aren’t comfortable in your role, you will never unleash the working style that will maximize your impact. Reflect on the types of activities you really find interesting and motivating and test how much of those activities you do in your job. If it’s less than half, consider a career switch that will ultimately lead to greater sustained success.

Debra Wheatman is a certified writer and career coach who has guided the professional development of thousands of clients globally. She is reachable at debra@careersdonewrite.com

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