Organizational talents

Order & structure

Precise

  • well organized
  • accurate
  • neat
  • methodical
  • meets appointments
  • may be rigid
Is driven by structure; likes to start with a plan, tends to be efficient. Is accurate, has an eye for detail, likes neatness. Has difficulty handling hectic situations, chaos and sloppiness. May find it hard to think outside the box; likes to stick to existing structures and frameworks, may, therefore, come across as rigid. Turns chaos into order; prefers to work in a neat and tidy environment. Is usually on time and meticulous in meeting appointments.
Possible Pitfall:
Detailist

  • balanced between focus on detail and bigger picture
  • sufficiently flexible
Finds a balance between focusing on the bigger picture on the one hand, and working methodically and with focus on detail on the other. Is mostly able to handle chaos and hectic situations. Knows the importance of method but is flexible enough to adapt to changed circumstances. Is able to focus on details when necessary. Values being on time and meeting appointments sufficiently.

Creative

  • focused on the bigger picture
  • creative
  • sometimes sloppy
  • flexible in method
Is driven by a focus on the bigger picture and by flexibility; has strong creative and innovative powers. Has little eye for detail, may even be sloppy. Handles hustle and bustle well; goes with the flow. Has little need for a structured, methodical approach, is flexible in terms of method. May lose sight by planning insufficiently and be consequently inefficient.
Possible Pitfall:
Unstructured
Pragmatism

Practical

  • very practical
  • focused on usefulness
  • efficient
  • calculating
  • solution oriented
Is driven by a practical mentality and by attaining results. Likes to make to best use of means and money, is focused on not wasting anything; tasks and actions have to have added value. Is calculating, efficient and solution oriented. Attaches little value to rituals and special occasions if they don't account to anything extra. Is only interested in theory if it is feasible and adds something to everyday practice.
Possible Pitfall:
Frugal

  • balanced between theory and practice
  • understands value of rituals
  • both abstract and concrete
Pays attention to both practice and theoretical background; will make a cost benefit analysis when necessary. Recognizes the importance of means and money but understands the value of rituals, symbols and special occasions at the same time. Is able to focus both on abstract and concrete concepts and realizes a good theoretical basis may enhance everyday practice.

Abstract-thinking

  • theoretical
  • sensitive to symbols and rituals
  • not calculating
  • abstract
Is driven by a theoretical framework, focuses more on abstract than on concrete aspects. Hardly prioritizes means and money; is not necessarily focused on added value. Values rituals, symbols and special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries without looking for a pay-off. Tends to be more interested in everyday practice when it is based on a theoretical framework.
Possible Pitfall:
Impractical
Purposiveness

Goal-oriented

  • very much result and goal-oriented
  • focused
  • difficulty changing course
Strongly focused on attaining results, likes to work towards concrete goals and stick to them. Is likely to determine objectives and depend on their course; may feel lost when not given a clear direction and given little possibilities to follow the one of his own. May have difficulties diverting from a set course – even if objectives are unlikely to be attained.
Possible Pitfall:
Short-sighted

  • fairly goal-oriented
  • needs some direction
  • able to digress from objectives
Has no outspoken preference for objectives but is unable to quite function without. Needs a fairly clearly defined goal to work towards but knows when to turn into an alternative direction. Is able to improvize when necessary and to handle both clearly defined and vague objectives. Likes to know generally what is expected but doesn't necessarily need to know the ultimate goal in detail.

Process-oriented

  • process-oriented
  • improvising talent
  • changes course easily
Is focused more on processes than on attaining results. Commits little to set goals and hardly sticks to them. Is well able to handle vaguely defined objectives; improvises or changes course with ease. May lack a sense of direction but dares to engage in projects without having a clear purpose. Sometimes risks not attaining desired results
Possible Pitfall:
Directionless
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