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Assess your organization’s personality

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Consultant Sandra Fekete began to suspect that most of her clients suffered from a skewed idea of their organizations’ cultures. She’d talk with them on the phone to develop a sense of the corporate identity. Then she’d go visit and find something totally different.

Fekete concluded that organizations develop characters with their own quirks and ticks. To test her idea, she designed a personality test for organizations based on the Myers- Briggs personality test and administered it to her own firm.

 It seemed to work, not describing a particular staffer but capturing the feel of the place.

 Try it out on your organization or department:

  1. We are most energized about:
    a. Working directly with customers and other people.
    b. Developing ideas, products and services in-house.

  2.  We communicate internally by:
    a. In-person chats and phone calls.
    b. Notes, memos, letters and e-mail.

  3. Our organization reacts to change:
    a. Quickly.
    b. After giving it some thought.

  4. Our new products and services are:
    a. Cost-effective, practical extensions of successful products or services.
    b. Innovative ideas, often different from the current product line.

  5. Our organization is:
    a. Practical.
    b. Innovative.

  6. Our organization values:
    a. Common sense more than
    b. Imagination more than common

  7. A decision’s potential impact on
    employees and others is:
    a. Rarely considered.
    b. Usually a factor in the decision.

  8. Our organization expects people to:
    a. Leave their personal problems
    at home.
    b. Be supportive and caring when
    co-workers have problems.

  9. Our organization tends to believe:
    a. People don’t have to like each
    other to work together well.
    b. Group harmony is important
    to do jobs well.

  10. Meetings tend to:
    a. Follow a set, often written,
    b. Have a general purpose, allowing
    the project to evolve.

  11. After decisions are made, our
    organization is more likely to:
    a. Develop follow-up plans, assign
    responsibility and set a schedule.
    b. Leave the option open for
    changing the decision later.

  12. Our organization is:
    a. Decisive and regimented.
    b. Reasonably organized chaos.

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