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People Puzzle Essay

1) What would you tell [Student’s Name] if [s/he] asked you the following question: “What is it like to be on the other side of me?”

Kelven, you are a very strong minded individual. You remind me of my uncle who is a professor and is known by our family as the “serious”, “straight-forward” uncle. When in your presence or communicating with you, it is like listening to a father figure or leader of some organization.

2) How does [Student’s Name] typically interact with other people? Can you think of a recent example?

Kelven, you interact with people well. You are not open at first, but seem to feel a person out. I remember first meeting you as my supervisor years ago. My first impression was a person who was stuck up or self-centered. I soon learned different and respect your attributes.

3) Have you ever been in a situation where you saw [Student’s Name] take on new tasks or roles? Describe this situation and what [s/he] did?

Yes, as you took on new roles with additional supervisory roles in the company, Kelven, you showed us and your superiors the ability to adapt and multi-task many responsibilities.

4) What has been a particularly demanding goal for [Student’s Name] to achieve?

Kelven has openly expressed his desire to work full time in ministry and own his own restaurant.

5) When you observe [Student’s Name], which of the following pictures come to mind?

LION BEAVER OTTER GOLDEN RETRIEVER
A lion came to mind because Kelven is a leader of the pack and/or desires to be the alpha dog, so to speak.

Ms. Atonya speaks of me as a lion who is the leader of the pack. To her, I am a person who feels a situation out before opening up to it. Firm but adaptable to any situation is how Ms. Atonya describes me.

Ms. Champion 360 Interview (Letter to Editor)

6) What would you tell [Student’s Name] if [s/he] asked you the following question: “What is it like to be on the other side of me?”

You are a very passionate and caring individual. You always seem to have the best interest in mind of anyone you meet. You give more of yourself than you expect from others.

7) How does [Student’s Name] typically interact with other people? Can you think of a recent example?

A recent example doesn’t come to mind but I know you to ease your way into the lives of others. I don’t know if you are feeling a person out, contemplating or simply letting things evolve, but you do seem to not rush into an interaction.

8) Have you ever been in a situation where you saw [Student’s Name] take on new tasks or roles? Describe this situation and what [s/he] did?

I remember over 10 years ago when you were placed into the Assistant Pastor / Interim Pastor at your home church. You lived in Dallas and traveled weekly over 100 miles to perform your duties. If I remember correctly, you performed these duties for over six months.

9) What has been a particularly demanding goal for [Student’s Name] to achieve?

Full time ministry and counseling to youth.

10) When you observe [Student’s Name], which of the following pictures come to mind?

LION BEAVER OTTER GOLDEN RETRIEVER
You are easy going but do procrastinate at times, .

Ms. Champion adds that a lion and golden retriever come to mind when observing me. She sees me as a procrastinator who is passionate about people and work.
Communication Skills Test Report

(Testyourself.psychtests.com, 2013)
The report displays strengths, potential strengths, and limitations. As a C/S type personality, I tend to be passive in my approaches to people. According to Carbonell, “you are one the most passive types, but you tend to be reserved in the ways others like” (Carbonell, 2008, p. 77). This passive approach reveals my passion to help people on a personal level.

(Uniquely You, 2013)

Who is the “Me I See”?

The “Me I See” has a C/S personality type. Passive by nature, I tend to give an impression of being disinterested in people or their issues. One of my motivating factors is being sure of other’s expectations before proceeding (Axiomsoftware.com, 2013). I see me as a person who has solid strengths but noticeable weaknesses as well. I am precise when it comes to details and facts. However, if not presented with a question, I tend to withhold my opinions until asked. This speaks of my hesitancy to take any risks. I do tend to remain to myself and not be as outgoing as possible. Thinking more positively and not being afraid of failure can beneficial in controlling my behavioral tendencies (Uniquely You, 2013)

As I review my 360 Interview Survey Results from individuals that know me, both seem to express similar concerns. I am looked at as a person who procrastinates at times, taking time to feel out and get comfortable in situations. With these patterns, it is wise for me to come out of my comfort zone and be more decisive (Carbonell, 2008). I value support, stability, and accuracy. I rely on data before making decisions and more than likely, take an objective approach (Resources Unlimited, 2013). These attributes describe the “rocking the boat” mentality. No one desires to be the person who rocks the boat or causes it to sink. My personality profile depicts this kind of mentality.

According to Peterson, “when flat-brained, we say crazy things that seem reasonable to us at the time” (Petersen, 2007, p. 26). As a C/S Type Personality, my firm and strong personality can at times become damaging. One way to counter the flat-brain syndrome is to have goals that reduce emotional disturbance, clarify thinking, increase self-confidence, and build supportive friendships (Petersen, 2007). Thinking clearly can help me see different options and make decisive decisions.

Hallmark Purpose

I am committed to having the mindset Christ had toward His Father, seeking to glorify God in every area of my life. God did not intend for me to be passive and non-decisive in life. I am an overcomer and will conquer my fears. “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:25, King James Version). My desire in life is to work full time in ministry. I seek to serve God and others. My rationale for having the mindset of Christ is to simply reflect and embrace the true Christian lifestyle. “Me I Want To See”. The person I want to see in me is transforming from a passive person to a purpose driven person. I do not desire to just simply get by in life in my relationships with others. Hesitancy is not productive.

The courses in PAC500 are challenging me personally. Developing superior listening skills and solving the people puzzle is not just for my counselees. I am beginning to look at myself now before even considering anyone’s problems. My purpose lies in developing the whole man, inside and out. This first begins at home and spread abroad. My hallmark is now a solid foundation to build upon. I am currently looked upon as helpful and considerate. I have a servant mentality. The “me I want to see”, is adding the qualities of boldness and decisiveness in the continual process of developing the whole man.

References
Axiomsoftware.com. 1994. Axiom Software – Profile Interpretations – High C. [online] Available at: http://www.axiomsoftware.com/disc/interpretations/disc-interpretation-high-c-only.php [Accessed: 2 Sep 2013]. Carbonell, M. 2008. How to solve the people puzzle. Blue Ridge, Ga.: Uniquely You Resources. King James Bible. 1976. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc p. 1425. Petersen, J. 2007. Why don’t we listen better?. Tigard, OR: Petersen Publications. Resources Unlimited. 2013. Untitled. [Online] Available at: http://www.resourcesunlimited.com/everythingdisc/disc-everything-disc-workplace-profile.pdf [Accessed: 2 Sep 2013]. Testyourself.psychtests.com. 2013. Sample Report. [online] Available at: http://testyourself.psychtests.com/tests/showsample.php?name=communication_skills_r_q&page=page1 [Accessed: 2 Sep 2013]. Uniquely You. 2013. Untitled. [Online] Available at: https://www.uniquelyyou.com/myaccount [Accessed: 2 Sep 2013].

Solving My People Puzzle: Phase 1 Grading Rubric
Student:
Criteria| Points Possible| Points Earned|
Assessment Content & Organization * 360° Interviews, Communication Skills SnapShot, and DISC SnapShots (Graphs 1 & 2: Preface, Charts, Descriptions, and Conclusions) were presented with sufficient organizational clarity | 20| | DISC Description * Core DISC index clearly identified and satisfactorily supported from the assessments and course resources * Core motivation and shading concisely described and satisfactorily supported with evidence from course resources| 20| | Overall “The Me I and Others See” Description * Overall strengths identified and concisely described with evidence from course resources and assessments * Overall shortcomings


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