I may be a PR pro, but I’m also something of a self-help junkie, fueled by side-gig as a soul-searching yoga teacher (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). So, when I found out that the whole InkHouse East team would be taking the Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS), you can imagine my delight.KTS is a self-assessed personality questionnaire geared toward helping people better understand themselves and others. It’s one of the most widely used personality assessments in the world - and major employers like Bank of America, Allstate, IBM and Coca-Cola put it to use. David Keirsey developed the assessment to expand upon the temperament studies of Hippocrates and Plato, breaking the results down into four major temperaments:Guardian, Artisan, Idealist and Rational.
The results at InkHouse were really interesting - who knew there’d be only one rational person among us! Here are a few helpful insights and tips on each of the temperaments and how to work with them, courtesy of our HR director, Brian McCluskey:
Does It Matter?
There are many theories on these kinds of tests and the role they should or shouldn’t play in the workplace. Some believe they’re completely pointless, as they may be based on outdated thinking. Others say that they can help build stronger companies because they allow managers to have a better understanding of an employee’s strengths, weaknesses and how they perceive or process information.I offer you what I believe is the real point: being self aware and aware of the personalities around us can only make us better as individuals, teammates and communicators. Not only will our work lives flourish, but our personal lives as well.