Friday, November 12, 2010

Fieldmarshal and Mastermind

Dan and I took a personality test based on Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers personality typology. Our results are below. All I have to say is poor Quinny. OCD central here.

MICHELE: Your Type is
Extraverted Intuitive Thinking Judging
Strength of the preferences %
33 12 1 56

Portrait of the ENTJ - Keirsey's Fieldmarshal
Of the four aspects of strategic analysis and definition it is the marshaling or situational organizing role that reaches the highest development in the Fieldmarshal. As this kind of role is practiced some contingency organizing is necessary, so that the second suit of the Fieldmarshal's intellect is devising contingency plans. Structural and functional engineering, though practiced in some degree in the course of organizational operations, tend to be not nearly as well developed and are soon outstripped by the rapidly growing skills in organizing. But it must be said that any kind of strategic exercise tends to bring added strength to engineering as well as organizing skills.

Hardly more than two percent of the total population, Fieldmarshals are bound to lead others, and from an early age they can be observed taking command of groups. In some cases, they simply find themselves in charge of groups, and are mystified as to how this happened. But the reason is that they have a strong natural urge to give structure and direction wherever they are - to harness people in the field and to direct them to achieve distant goals. They resemble Supervisors in their tendency to establish plans for a task, enterprise, or organization, but Fieldmarshals search more for policy and goals than for regulations and procedures.

They cannot not build organizations, and cannot not push to implement their goals. When in charge of an organization, whether in the military, business, education, or government, Fieldmarshals more than any other type desire (and generally have the ability) to visualize where the organization is going, and they seem able to communicate that vision to others. Their organizational and coordinating skills tends to be highly developed, which means that they are likely to be good at systematizing, ordering priorities, generalizing, summarizing, marshaling evidence, and at demonstrating their ideas. Their ability to organize, however, may be more highly developed than their ability to analyze, and the Fieldmarshal leader may need to turn to an Inventor or Architect to provide this kind of input.

Fieldmarshals will usually rise to positions of responsibility and enjoy being executives. They are tireless in their devotion to their jobs and can easily block out other areas of life for the sake of their work. Superb administrators in any field - medicine, law, business, education, government, the military - Fieldmarshals organize their units into smooth-functioning systems, planning in advance, keeping both short-term and long-range objectives well in mind. For the Fieldmarshal, there must always be a goal-directed reason for doing anything, and people's feelings usually are not sufficient reason. They prefer decisions to be based on impersonal data, want to work from well thought-out plans, like to use engineered operations - and they expect others to follow suit. They are ever intent on reducing bureaucratic red tape, task redundancy, and aimless confusion in the workplace, and they are willing to dismiss employees who cannot get with the program and increase their efficiency. Although Fieldmarshals are tolerant of established procedures, they can and will abandon any procedure when it can be shown to be ineffective in accomplishing its goal. Fieldmarshals root out and reject ineffectiveness and inefficiency, and are impatient with repetition of error.

Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging

Strength of the preferences %
I: 33
N: 75
T: 62
J: 44

All Rationals are good at planning operations, but Masterminds are head and shoulders above all the rest in contingency planning. Complex operations involve many steps or stages, one following another in a necessary progression, and Masterminds are naturally able to grasp how each one leads to the next, and to prepare alternatives for difficulties that are likely to arise any step of the way. Trying to anticipate every contingency, Masterminds never set off on their current project without a Plan A firmly in mind, but they are always prepared to switch to Plan B or C or D if need be.

Masterminds are rare, comprising no more than one to two percent of the population, and they are rarely encountered outside their office, factory, school, or laboratory. Although they are highly capable leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once they take charge, however, they are thoroughgoing pragmatists. Masterminds are certain that efficiency is indispensable in a well-run organization, and if they encounter inefficiency -- any waste of human and material resources -- they are quick to realign operations and reassign personnel. Masterminds do not feel bound by established rules and procedures, and traditional authority does not impress them, nor do slogans or catchwords. Only ideas that make sense to them are adopted; those that don't, aren't, no matter who thought of them. Remember, their aim is always maximum efficiency.

In their careers, Masterminds usually rise to positions of responsibility, for they work long and hard and are dedicated in their pursuit of goals, sparing neither their own time and effort nor that of their colleagues and employees. Problem-solving is highly stimulating to Masterminds, who love responding to tangled systems that require careful sorting out. Ordinarily, they verbalize the positive and avoid comments of a negative nature; they are more interested in moving an organization forward than dwelling on mistakes of the past.

Masterminds tend to be much more definite and self-confident than other Rationals, having usually developed a very strong will. Decisions come easily to them; in fact, they can hardly rest until they have things settled and decided. But before they decide anything, they must do the research. Masterminds are highly theoretical, but they insist on looking at all available data before they embrace an idea, and they are suspicious of any statement that is based on shoddy research, or that is not checked against reality.


This is where I spend my days now. Well, not in the lobby of the library. My office is actually down the hallway right between the research librarian desk and the stacks of different codes on the wall. This is the Thurgood Marshall Law Library for the University of Maryland.
This is the entrance to the law school. Pretty huh? Actually all of the buildings down here are.
I will post more about the job (and hello, more pictures!!!) later.
For now, this tiny post will have to do.

My Star

This whole job thing sure does get in the way of me posting about my sweet little dear.
Quinn is adjusting WONDERFULLY to her new routine and loves her school. She comes home everyday with fun little stories, wonderful jokes, cute new songs and an even stronger self-esteem.

Quinn was nervous the first few weeks. She was worried that she wouldn't make new friends or that she would miss me too much. Well, she has made lots of new friends and while she does miss me, she is growing up and it is a part of life. Don't get me wrong, there has been some drama with Quinn having to learn to share toys, time, attention... but all in all, I'd say it is an exciting new chapter in our lives.
Quinn's school is great. They give us a daily report card on everything from Quinn's listening skills that day, her attitude, and even the length of her nap! They give her homework almost every night too. At first it was simple coloring assignments where she had to follow the directions. Now she is doing writing assignments! They have bible stories and lessons twice a week and they pray before lunch as a group. Quinn is really enjoying all of the play time and circle time. Her teacher even wrote on one of Quinn's report cards the other day about how she was her best student and always paid close attention during learning time. Ms. Noelle also said how Quinn is so eager to please and eats up anything that she teaches her.
My girl loves learning and she was even the Star Student this last month!!!!If you can't read it-
Quinn's favorite color is brown.
When she grows up she wants to be a chef.
Her favorite activity is recess on the playground.
And lastly, her favorite food is carrots?!?!

I am so thankful for this girl. I honestly can't imagine my life with any other kid. I must have done something right for the Big Man Upstairs to give me such a happy little angel to call my own.

another thing

Oh yeah, another thing that I love about my job is the HUGE BREAD BAKERY that bakes its bread on my walk to the parking garage in the evening.
I get to spend 15 minutes inhaling yummy bread baking almost every day.