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Chapter 15. Tips to Follow

What can you learn from your profile that will improve your personal life and career? Many insightful discoveries are possible, providing you are open and honest with yourself and follow these tips:

Tip #1: Accept the fact that your profile is yours and yours alone. It reflects your personality, characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses. It is not a scientific analysis, but puts you into a more favorable position to sense where you can make improvements. The more you study your profile, the more you will gain from it.
Tip #2: Often it is beneficial for you to compare your profile with others. Or to show and discuss your profile with another person you respect who can assist you in making your most valuable interpretation. To help you in making a comparison, an additional profile is provided on pages 106 and 107. You may copy this profile for the use of others. Match any responses with your profile to see if there are any insights you can gain. Pay particular attention to the author’s suggestions (interpretations) at the bottom of each profile.
Tip #3: Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a perfect or “model” profile. Among the twelve categories, we all have our weak areas. Most people who are honest with themselves have at least one column in their profile under 5. If none show up, it may be an indication that the individual is “blind” to a weakness that is obvious to others.
Tip #4: A balance between weak and strong areas is often noticeable. For example, an individual may show a 9 or 10 in three areas and a 4 or under in a like number of areas. This is a healthy sign because the very fact that the individual has exceptionally strong areas indicates that the weak areas discovered can be raised. The number one benefit of doing a profile is to discover a weak area where immediate improvement can be made. It is possible for a person to have 7 or 8 very high categories only to have one or two extremely weak areas that are holding the person back from making the career progress that otherwise would occur.
Tip #5: A single area with a score under 5 can have a negative influence on the remaining 11 areas. Example: A low score in INITIATIVE (being a procrastinator) could delay or neutralize the positive effects of other areas. All 12 categories are inter-dependent which means that one very weak area can “pull down” one’s effectiveness in all other areas.
Tip #6: By the same token, a very high rating on one or more categories could “pull up” the effectiveness of the individual in other areas. Example: A person who rates high in ATTITUDE and SENSE OF HUMOR probably does better in the COMMUNICATION category than would otherwise be the case.
Tip #7: One should keep in mind that a high score in one area does not necessarily “cover up” the weakness in another area. Example: Lack of job competencies (SKILL CATEGORY) will eventually surface even if the individual has a great ATTITUDE and SENSE OF HUMOR.
Tip #8: Share results selectively with others—especially superiors and career guidance professionals—so that additional insights may be gained.
Tip #9: Build a new profile every few months. If you use a personal computer, put your first profile into storage and add new ones for comparison purposes. This will help you track your progress.
Tip #10: Loan your book and inventory to co-workers and friends to help them when they are going through “down periods.” Or present them with a book of their own.
Tip #11: Build your own self-help library. More and more ambitious career people are turning to self-help programs to maintain their motivation. You can start your library by selecting from the titles shown on page 101, or order others listed in the back of this book.
Tip #12: When necessary, see a professional. As far as most categories are concerned, improvement remains a do-it-yourself challenge. This does not imply, however, that professional assistance should be avoided. Just the opposite. When the battery in your car runs down, a recharge is the first possibility. But sometimes a new generator, cable, or battery is the solution. When personal problems are critical, seeing a professional counselor and possibly joining a support group can be a wise choice. This is especially true in the field of mental health.



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