Profiling tools have been around a long time.
In today’s complex business environment, organisations need to make profound shifts in order to stay competitive. As a business owner knowing how and where people work best can be powerful information for you as a business owner or leader. Some profiling tools such as DiSC have been around a long time, others such as Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile (EMP) are younger.
If you have been employing people for a while, you will have likely found that some people are just not a good fit to both your profit as well as team moral; not to mention the personal stress levels of managing them.
When I was younger and working my way very quickly to the top I had no idea everyone was different. I just expected everyone to see things the same way I did, and so often I was frustrated with the results that came from that thought and way of being. It wasn’t until I started working for a training company that trained corporates in MBTI that I realised we are all so different. This was the biggest lightbulb moment of my life; realising that others wanted information given to them in a different way to how I was giving it out. At the time I was a 24 year old – world wise, and yet so young in experience. It was then I realised that people communicated in differing ways to suit their needs. Boy, did I have so much to learn.
From this point on I decided to find out as much as a could about tools that could help me in my life, and business life, so that I communicated to others in a way that made sense to them. It’s a long journey, and am I there yet? No. there is always so much more to learn and practice.
We are all different and understanding more about those differences can help you build your business, your team and your own self to be the best you wish to be. Profiling tools can be used as guidance, or a way to reflect back on what occurred, and what can be done better next time. As a business owner or manager of a team, having information that is gathered from a profile can also help you make decisions. For example, personality profiling might help you identify the right fit for your project team. Having a profiling tool is one of the best ways to ensure you are able to communicate clearly, assist in recruiting new employees and repositioning existing personnel.
Working with a profiling tool can help you to understand yourself better. AND As a leader, it’s important to understand your own leadership style and how this impacts on the effectiveness of your team. Then you can understand and work with your team more effectively, and to get the best out of them.
I learned how I led, and how others perceived me, and the vast gap between them. Profiling was instrumental for my growth, and ultimately the growth of my team and my business. It is a tool that should be considered for your journey and success.
I need to be clear though, personality profiling isn’t about identifying the ‘ideal’ profile; it is not about being right or wrong – every personality type has its pros and cons. Profiling isn’t about putting you into a box, or looking at you as a psychologist would. It is about helping you to understand more about yourself, so that YOU and YOUR TEAM can improve. Leading from within; learning about YOU to improve and succeed.
It is about building an understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses and others – the different personalities within the team – what their challenges could be and how we can support them to work best together. When everyone feels comfortable and supported to best perform in their role, the workplace culture is positively impacted.
Profiling tools can be used in building trust and psychological safety, which in turn results in a better efficiencies and bottom line results. Merinda is accredited in various profiling tools and can assist you and your team to get the results you’re after.