A Better Boss Or A Raise? Your Choise!

Posted under Motivation on Monday 29 October 2012 at 11:21 pm

It is a known fact that a good motivation can make us work better, spend every effort and achieve the things we’d never be able to achieve without a spark in our mind. A good motivation and motivators are very highly valued in any business. So, what can help us work better and more effectively? Maybe, a better boss? Or a new computer in our office? Or a good pay raise? Or a couple of new assistants? Some of these things can be really important for you, and some can be not. For example, think about all disadvantages and problems linked to having an annoying and unfriendly boss? Good BossIt means chronic stresses and constant feeling of being unappreciated and miserable, right? What worse could it be? It seems like 65 per cent of modern Americans think the same way as you, since that much of business people have chosen having a good boss as the primarily condition for achieving success in business and feeling happy at work.

According to Michelle McQuaid, a specialist in neuroscience, positive psychology and designing a perfect positive environment at workplaces, we all have our own set of priorities regarding what can make us happier at work. Recently, Michelle McQuaid finished working on an extensive study involving 1,000 participants, American executives and officials from a variety of businesses. McQuaid asked them about the most important factors which could help creating a positive psychological environment at their workplaces. It turned out that 65 of the participants have chosen a better relationship with their bosses, and 35 per cent of the participants have opted for a pay raise rather than a better boss. The findings of the survey were recently published in many online and printed mass media and attracted plenty of attention, both from experts and general public.

At that, it turned out that quite a small number of participants are actually happy with their current work and would not change anything. Only every one of three people (or about 35 per cent) reported about being totally satisfied and happy with their job. McQuinn said that about 31 per cent of the participants reported feeling unhappy, unappreciated, uninspired, and unsuccessful at work. Finally, quite a good amount of the participants, about 15 per cent, said that they usually feel bored, lonely, miserable, and depressed at their workplace. The study leader underlined that such a problem as bored and unhappy employees is linked to much more risks and dangers than it is thought. It can be one of the most influential factors which affects productivity, and it is estimated that a lack of motivation among business employees can cost today’s companies up to 360 billion dollars of annual loss in productivity.

Finally, McQuinn reported that as much as 60 per cent of the participants have expressed their dissatisfaction about the current relationships with their bosses. They all said that they would be able to increase their productivity and get enough of motivation for doing a much better job provided they had a better boss, or could get along better with their current bosses. Moreover, almost all of these people pointed at their bosses as one of the key reasons of a lack of professional success and career achievements. In other words, better relationships with bosses can be named as one of the most important factors for modern employees for achieving success and be satisfied at work. Therefore, it is not all about the money for American workers. Actually, these findings of Michelle McQuaid should be very interesting to the highest management of large companies since having a good boss has turned to be that much important for the majority of workers and employees.

True Colors Personality Test, Part II

Posted under Uncategorized on Tuesday 16 October 2012 at 3:31 am

Check out the history of True Colors Personality Test in this article.

People, who chose Orange color (can be related to Fire in Zodiac), are natural born leaders. They are very strong, powerful, have good potential and talents, and usually achieve success in business. They are very resourceful and can be good managers or administrators. They like action, competition, achieving goals and attain results; they are very quick and resilient.

True Colors Personality TestPeople of Gold color (people of Earth) can be characterized with discipline and responsibility. They are always organized, stable, very reliable, punctual and thorough. They believe that the best purpose for life is to serve humanity and find themselves as perfect social workers.

Individuals of Green color (Air in Zodiac) are very creative and imaginative. They have incredible natural vision and can adapt to changes very easy and effortlessly. They can be good investigators or explorers due to their good abilities to systematize and to plan. They are always persistent and determined in their work, and they always seek for information and rely on true facts, not feelings, unlikely to people of the last Blue color.

Those who chose Blue color (Water), understand the world around them through feelings and their phenomenal intuition. These people are very sensitive and very calm, they have nature talents to communicate, cooperate and collaborate very successfully, so they are very good team-players.

There is a huge variety of opportunities, which this test can be useful and effective for. First of all, it may help us to research and discover our own feelings, habits, thoughts, and ways of understanding and comprehending of this world. Second, as this test can also describe our organizational behavior and life activity, it can be very useful for studying our position in social groups, like in schools, offices, other business organizations. This test may assist us in making correct decisions, recognizing our perspectives in life or business, it may help a manager to choose the right person to employ and help an employee to choose the best office position, or it may help teachers to find more effective approach to their students.

The concept of True Colors remains a subject of interest of numerous contemporary specialists. Diana Vandel, an organizational strategist and the president of Winning Solutions, created a program named Hue-Man Traits Personality Test based on True Colors Concept. This test became a part of numerous training courses in communication and leadership abilities, management of conflicts and other business programs, which are offered by Winning Solutions. Writer, instructor and counseling expert Carolyn Khalil carries out numerous seminars and lectures. Since 1988 she has been helping thousands of people to discover own purpose and change their lives, to recognize own abilities and powers.  According to Don Lowery, one of the creators of True Colors Personality Test, it is one of the most important and efficient models in practical psychology, because it can help anyone “.. to understand and control the realities of life.”

True Colors Personality Test History And Essence

Posted under Uncategorized on Wednesday 3 October 2012 at 1:29 am

True Colors Personality TestA human soul can be compared to a thick unread book with many pictures. Living in developed modern society, with its advanced communications and technologies, busy life, a variety of different relations and connections between its members, we have to know well how to treat people and how to act to be treated fine by those around us. So, we have to read many books-souls and obtain all necessary knowledge and information in order to reach comfort and balance in our everyday interactions with each other.

Sometimes it is not easy for us ourselves to understand, what and how we are managing with things, why we behave or react this or that particular way, and so on. Numerous psychological personality tests help us recognize our potential, increase our self-esteem and support our positive traits, our own hidden abilities and talents, our emotional tendencies and natural predispositions. One of such tests is known as True Colors Personality Test: a small psychological investigation, which can assist in identifying some special distinctive traits of a personality by categorizing all people into four groups, related to Green, Blue, Orange and Gold colors.

This test is not something new and it has quite a long history: the roots of categorizing all people according to their psychological portraits can lead us to 400 B.C., to the thoughts and ideas of the Greek physician Hippocrates. He found out and classified four dispositions of human character, which are know as choleric, melancholic, phlegmatic, and sanguine psychological types. Similarly, ancient astrologers created the system of twelve individual signs of the Zodiac based on the four principal elements of creation: Air, Water, Fire, and Earth.

During the first half of the XXth century many psychologists were researching and developing their own interpretations of old theories about four types of human temperament. In the 20s Carl Jung classified four psychological types under the names of Thinking, Feeling, Sensation, and Intuition. He used this concept for investigating and understanding of social behavior of human being. Jung’s works were translated into English and influenced a lot on a psychologist Katherine C. Briggs. Together with her daughter, Isabel Briggs-Myers, they created the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which helps to recognize and describe 16 different psychological types of people.

In the 60s this problems have been investigated by clinical psychologist Dr. David Kelrsey, who returned to the concept of four types of people named “Portraits of Temperament”. He renamed the four known groups using ancient mythological prototypes (Dionysian, Apollonian, Promethean, and Epimethean). He presented them as four very different categories of people, who behave, think, understand, analyze different ways, who want different things and who must find the way of co-existing with each other. Kelrsey also tried to promote the ideas of self-discovery to wide public by publishing a book, Please, Understand Me, which had quite a good audience or readers.

Finally, in 1978 the main creator of True Color Concept Don Lowry finished his practical investigations and publicized the program, based on the works of Kelrsey, but rather simplified and adapted for practical usage. Lowry’s idea was to identify the types of personality behaviors with the help of colors: Green, Blue, Gold, and Orange. So, the True Colors Test simply offers participants to examine the colored cards and to choose the most pleasant color among those four to identify personal psychological type.

(to be continued)