Name a movie or TV show and somewhere on the internet you can find someone’s blog, “The MBTI Types of the Characters of...” Name a well-known personality and chances are, you can find opinions on his or her type as…
Recently, I’ve been working with auditors–my former life as a financial analyst provides insights into work style patterns in their profession and how they compare to many other professions. Below, I’ll be highlighting emotional intelligence sub scales, as described by Multi Health System’s EQi 2.0© instrument, one tool for thinking about these kinds of patterns, so that you can think about how these ideas might apply to the strengths and struggles of your own profession.
Research exists on some of the biggest problems facing the audit profession. The Dallas chapter of the Institute for Internal Audit found that
- The audit function is often undervalued by other corporate leaders
- Audit teams often struggle to recruit, develop and retain employees
- The overall image of the profession needs strengthening; it is seen as less than public accounting and other financial professions.
It doesn’t take much thinking to see how the audit profession’s core strengths, especially independence and assertiveness, might create these issues. Every strength has corresponding blind spots. If you need to be objective and independent, buildinginterpersonal relationships, emotional expression and empathy can seem not only counterproductive but outright dangerous. Think how this might contribute to the first two problems the industry cites.
Cognitive blind spots present a significant roadblock to the full realization of individual human potential. There are many kinds of blind spots, including those that are common to all humans such as the Bandwagon Effect, where individuals become attracted to popular trends,…
Have you noticed that “who you are is how you teach”? Colleagues who are a bit more reserved tend to run quieter classrooms. Teachers who love to read (in what little spare time teachers have!) share that love with students. Our classrooms mirror our strengths and interests in countless ways. (You can download Chapter 2: Who You Are is How You Teach from one of my books which explains a framework for working with normal differences among teachers–and students)
Who We Are is How We Bike–And Teach
I recently realized that who I am is also how I bike. As I did some thorough self-coaching to master new equipment, I found I was taking myself through the same process I use with teachers. Hopefully, my biking experience will help provide an image of key strategies that can help new teachers use their strengths to master their biggest needs in the classroom.!<