Identify and Adjust … An Example

identify and adjust

identify and adjustBy Pete Liska

In my previous blog, I discussed several personality types and what the Center for Coaching Certification (CCC) teaches in their Certified Professional Coach (CPC) program.  I will share some examples here so we can see the application and impact of what was said.

Recently I was talking with my new friend who I’ll call John.  I asked John what he likes to do. He was extremely passionate with his career, which is in the technology sector.  John designs mobile device applications.  From talking to him the past week or so, I determined that his primary style is Achiever and Celebrator secondary.  How did I get to that conclusion?  I identified his personality type by listening to him talk. In our discussion, with the different subjects, I could see his personality type coming through.  We both participate in athletic events and John focused on making the play, and if a play isn’t made or an opportunity is blown, he quietly displayed discontent.  He clearly wanted to be successful and was used to excelling at whatever he is doing, whether working or playing a friendly game with friends.   He is primarily logic and also aggressive.  This is an Achiever personality type.  John’s personality type also influences his goal setting in the workplace.  He is wanting to complete development of a new mobile application and watch the delivery to users.  He is very intent about doing a great job and making the delivery on time to the users.

Earlier I talked about individuals having a primary and secondary personality type.  John also has a Celebrator personality.  While being an Achiever when exercising and in his work life, he likes having fun as well.  He likes a party, going out to celebrate events with friends and family.  When he successfully delivers at work, he relishes doing the job well.  Much like that, when he’s participating in sporting events he celebrates both team and individual victory whether it by saying something or going out afterwards.

In my coach training I learned to flex to his style.  This means be logical when he is logical and when he wants to have fun use humor and laugh with him.

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