Primary and Backup Thinking Styles
Life Style Inventor (LSI) is a methodology that is used to measure about 12 specific styles of patterns of thinking that can either help or hinder a person from reaching his or her potential, It is organized into three general clusters as follows, constructive, passive/defensive, and aggressive/defensive. The objective of this paper is to compare my computer-simulated evaluation of my personal life style based on the 12 styles of pattern against my personal behavior in real life and be able to find synergy between the two, and work on the weak life style to be able to reach my potential personally and professionally. This paper will review my primary and backup thinking style, impact on management style, genesis of personal style, and conclusion and reflection of the entire exercise as it concerns me, and my environment.
Primary and Backup thinking Style: - The LSI survey indicated that my primary personal thinking style is the Conventional style with percentile rating of 93%, while the backup are; humanistic-encouraging, dependent, and competitive with percentile rating of 90%. Critical examination of my survey with respect to both my primary and backup styles actually has close manifestation in my life and work, I could attribute the conventional life style I leave today from my family up bringing which was later compounded from my first employer (Schlumberger Oilfield services). The slogan in Schlumberger has always been “exhibit low profile” in fact; low profile is part of the mandatory training you will undergo when you join the company. Secondly, my mother raised us in a midst of traits due to the family. The Humanistic-Encourage is all part of me, I personally derived joy in seeing people grow, I take responsibility of ensuring that my team perform in their job, the unconditional positive regards is one thing my employer describes me when I was the Information management manager and business owner. My humanistic-encouragement tendency fetch me zero attrition in my time as IM manager. The other two backup styles, I know that I have competitive life style which is manifested in the quest to win in all situation, however the dependent life style as revealed by the survey is opposite of me in some extent.
It is also important to identify the lifestyle that has been working against me otherwise called the limiting style. I have identified the perfectionist life style as one that is limiting me from attaining my full potential. I agree on the interpretation because I am too analytical, and this makes me always want to achieve zero tolerance thus spend too much time in achieving or accomplishing one task. I have come to realized that there are only two places for perfectionist people, the heaven or lunatic asylum according to Henry Ward Beecher, apparently there is no need for that. I will be looking at this limiting style closely henceforth.
Taking an in dept analysis of each lifestyle,...