Nicholas Gaunt Personal Profile

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Insights Discovery profile is based on Nicholas Gaunt’s responses to the Insights
Preference Evaluator which was completed on 25/03/2009.

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Nicholas Gaunt Personal Profile

  1. 1. DISCOVERY Nicholas Gaunt 25/03/2009 Personal Profile Foundation Chapter Insights® Learning & Development Ltd http://www.insightsworld.com/
  2. 2. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 2 Personal Details Nicholas Gaunt Planning Manager nick.gaunt@enterprisemouchel.com EnterpriseMouchel Rosalind House, Jays Close, Viables Business Park, Basingstoke Hampshire UK RG22 4BS 01256 481 386 Date Completed 25/03/2009 Date Printed 26/03/2009 Insights Learning and Development Ltd. Jack Martin Way, Claverhouse Business Park, Dundee, DD4 9FF, Scotland Telephone: +44(0)1382 908050 Fax: +44(0)1382 908051 E-mail: insights@insightsworld.com AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 3 Contents Introduction 4 Overview 5 Personal Style 5 Interacting with Others 6 Decision Making 6 Key Strengths & Weaknesses 8 Strengths 8 Possible Weaknesses 9 Value to the Team 10 Communication 11 Effective Communications 11 Barriers to Effective Communication 12 Possible Blind Spots 13 Opposite Type 14 Communication with Nicholas's Opposite Type 15 Suggestions for Development 16 The Insights Wheel 17 Insights Colour Dynamics 18 Jungian Preferences 19 AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  4. 4. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 4 Introduction This Insights Discovery profile is based on Nicholas Gaunt’s responses to the Insights Preference Evaluator which was completed on 25/03/2009. The origins of personality theory can be traced back to the fifth century BC, when Hippocrates identified four distinct energies exhibited by different people. The Insights System is built around the model of personality first identified by the Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung. This model was published in his 1921 work “Psychological Types” and developed in subsequent writings. Jung’s work on personality and preferences has since been adopted as the seminal work in understanding personality and has been the subject of study for thousands of researchers to the present day. Using Jung's typology, this Insights Discovery profile offers a framework for self-understanding and development. Research suggests that a good understanding of self, both strengths and weaknesses, enables individuals to develop effective strategies for interaction and can help them to better respond to the demands of their environment. Generated from several hundred thousand permutations of statements, this profile is unique. It reports statements which your Evaluator responses indicate may apply to you. Modify or delete any statement which does not apply, but only after checking with colleagues or friends to identify whether the statement may be a “blind spot” for you. Use this profile pro-actively. That is, identify the key areas in which you can develop and take action. Share the important aspects with friends and colleagues. Ask for feedback from them on areas which seem particularly relevant for you and develop an action plan for growth personally and interpersonally. AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  5. 5. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 5 Overview These statements provide a broad understanding of Nicholas’s work style. Use this section to gain a better understanding of his approaches to his activities, relationships and decisions. Personal Style Nicholas is stimulated by challenges and often shows ingenuity in meeting them. At work he often makes significantly more starts than finishes and he may need someone else to follow through with the details. He is good at getting things done in an assertive way. He enjoys work that allows him to get his teeth into new projects. He enjoys getting things done - sometimes at the expense of others! Developing, fostering, improving and honing his skills is likely to be a life's work for him. He is adept at dealing with crisis situations and will readily take charge, organise and communicate to others a sense of calm, security and confidence. He is usually more effective when he takes time to consider how he really feels. Keeping in touch with his emotions, standing outside of them when necessary rather than allowing them to take over, helps him to stay more fully in control of a situation. Articulate and thinking, he tends to be matter-of-fact and practical. He likes a fast pace and is adept at using functional devices and procedures. He is seen as a powerful leader as he is able to think on his feet. To manage his tensions, he needs to be constantly in control and get things done without wasting time. He dislikes confusion, inefficiency, half measures and anything that he sees as aimless or ineffective. He is a disciplinarian who can be tough when the situation calls for it. He will stick to his ideals with passionate conviction, even though he may find these difficult to talk about at times. In developing the success of his “vision” he may unconsciously tend to compare himself with the success of others, disassociating himself from the envy that this process may generate. Nicholas conveys a fast pace to his peers and above all, enjoys a challenge. He feels more secure when he can control a situation by ensuring other people conform to his thinking. He has a strong ego and achieving significance in life is important to him. As he lives by a rather strict set of rules he may expect others to do so as well. Dominance and independence characterise his behaviour. Nicholas sees possibilities in most situations and can direct others toward making a vision become a reality. With his keen analytical abilities and good strategic thinking, Nicholas can almost always find the rationale for the things that he wants to do. He has an urge for lifelong learning and can shake off depression by simply finding projects that fascinate him. He possesses a natural gift for presentation. When he allows feelings to go ignored or unexpressed, he can eventually overreact emotionally to difficult interpersonal challenges. Nicholas is hardworking, righteous, fiercely independent and convinced that moral good must win above all else. He is convinced that a successful life needs to be tough and that satisfaction must be earned and re-earned. He prefers a “big-picture” orientation supported by reason and logic. AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  6. 6. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 6 Interacting with Others Nicholas can turn his talents to many jobs, but finds more satisfaction from work that allows him to use his creativity and interpersonal skills. Nicholas has a remarkable ability to get people to follow his lead. He likes to lead rather than manage, is normally fair but demanding and will not always be willing to accept change without first knowing why. Nicholas is alert to changing situations and will act quickly to get results, giving direction or instructions to others as he thinks is necessary. When Nicholas is in charge of a project he offers the team long-term vision and the ability to inspire and communicate that vision to others. He strives energetically to ensure the well-being and happiness of his loved ones, operating from a strong position of protectionism. He may need to work at taking the feelings of others into account and to learn to express his appreciation of others more readily. Seen by most people as outgoing, flexible and fearless, Nicholas can rise to meet any challenge. Nicholas likes to be valued for his directness and strength in relationships. He wishes to be valued for himself. He might confess to being puzzled by others' perception of him as rigid and intractable. This perception may result from his tendency to express his independent views rather directly. He has a tendency to blame other people for difficulties he encounters and may sometimes dismiss others' opinions as of relatively little or no value. He can be a good team player, but does like a somewhat individual approach. He needs to be aware of being too outspoken, over-talkative and overly logical with some colleagues. His outgoing nature may lead him to misinterpret the significance of some issues. Decision Making With his enthusiasm and spontaneity, Nicholas brings a refreshing approach to decision making. Others may see his decisions as unrealistic in certain circumstances. He enjoys the executive role and usually rises to challenges although he needs someone around with enough common sense to bring up overlooked facts and take care of important details. In decision-making he may prefer to apologise for exceeding his authority rather than getting permission in the first place. He needs to learn to consciously delay making decisions until he has considered more information as he may have overlooked sounder alternatives. To make quick decisions he likes matters to be logical, so he requires and expects rationality in most situations. He is comfortable in leadership positions and readily accepts responsibility for making things happen. Nicholas is seen by many as a natural leader and decision maker. Nicholas can usually get to the heart of any situation and implement an effective solution. He has a tendency towards making higher risk decisions. He likes to convert everything into possibilities, ideas, plans and schemes and his initiative and imagination leads him to start many new projects which he may not always complete. Nicholas enjoys making decisions. He likes to be in control of things and values efficient and effective decision making. In practising active and long-range thinking and planning, he is logical, analytical, objectively critical and prefers to be convinced by reason. As an extraverted, future AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  7. 7. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 7 oriented person, he may fear failure but knows how to turn it on its head into something positive, if the event occurs. Nicholas's tendency to think “out loud” enables others to follow his line of thinking. Personal Notes AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 8 Key Strengths & Weaknesses Strengths This section identifies the key strengths which Nicholas brings to the organisation. Nicholas has abilities, skills and attributes in other areas, but the statements below are likely to be some of the fundamental gifts he has to offer. Nicholas’s key strengths: Excellent communication and presentation skills. Takes advantage of opportunities. A strong work ethic. Competitive and wants to win at all costs. Intuitive and optimistic. Able to turn vision into a reality. Action oriented - rises to the challenge. Challenges convention. High ego strengths. Ability to communicate his vision to others. Personal Notes AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 9 Key Strengths & Weaknesses Possible Weaknesses Jung said “wisdom accepts that all things have two sides”. It has also been said that a weakness is simply an overused strength. Nicholas's responses to the Evaluator have suggested these areas as possible weaknesses. Nicholas’s possible weaknesses: May not dot all the “i”s and cross all the “t”s. Sometimes lacks attention to detail. Dislikes and rebuts personal criticism. High sense of urgency can create stress for others. Doesn't always take time to hear others views. Can be thick skinned and appear self-opinionated. Becomes defensive or dictatorial if challenged. Avoids showing his true feelings. Dislikes and avoids routine tasks. Makes decisions hastily. Personal Notes AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  10. 10. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 10 Value to the Team Each person brings a unique set of gifts, attributes and expectations to the environment in which they operate. Add to this list any other experiences, skills or other attributes which Nicholas brings, and make the most important items on the list available to other team members. As a team member, Nicholas: Brings boundless energy to any situation. Can be relied upon to pull more than his weight. Demonstrates leadership and involvement. Responds well to immediate challenges. Always looks for ways to improve his and the team's, performance. Adds excitement (and unpredictability) to the team through intuition. Provides inspiration and perspiration. Brings direction and realism to every project. Is innovative and imaginative. Is a creative problem-solver. Personal Notes AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  11. 11. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 11 Communication Effective Communications Communication can only be effective if it is received and understood by the recipient. For each person certain communication strategies are more effective than others. This section identifies some of the key strategies which will lead to effective communication with Nicholas. Identify the most important statements and make them available to colleagues. Strategies for communicating with Nicholas: Be clear on completion details. Look for signs that say “I'm losing interest”. Be enthusiastic and positive. Talk tangibly and with enthusiasm. Focus on the task at hand. Move swiftly from topic to topic. Be straightforward, fast, efficient and to the point. Ask him, don't tell. Allow him time to consider all the information. Keep personal comments to yourself. Keep up with his pace. Be thorough, organised and on time. Personal Notes AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  12. 12. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 12 Communication Barriers to Effective Communication Certain strategies will be less effective when communicating with Nicholas. Some of the things to be avoided are listed below. This information can be used to develop powerful, effective and mutually acceptable communication strategies. When communicating with Nicholas, DO NOT: Underestimate his abilities to decide for himself. Impose a “can't be done” or defeatist attitude on him. Speak too slowly or hesitantly. Be vague or leave things open to interpretation. Be surprised if he breaks the rules. Use “what if” or “buts”. Be indecisive, unclear or “woolly”. Be messy, unstructured or ill-equipped. Get carried away by his enthusiasm. Try to hoodwink or mislead. Be negative or non-communicative. Procrastinate, prevaricate or interrupt him. Personal Notes AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  13. 13. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 13 Possible Blind Spots Our perceptions of self may be different to the perceptions others have of us. We project who we are onto the outside world through our “persona” and are not always aware of the effect our less conscious behaviours have on others. These less conscious behaviours are termed “Blind Spots”. Highlight the important statements in this section of which you are unaware and test them for validity by asking for feedback from friends or colleagues. Nicholas’s possible Blind Spots: Nicholas may unconsciously seek material dominance, social standing and status. It is difficult to know what to expect from him next. He would much rather engage in quick intellectual banter than complete some mundane task or consider spending quiet time on his own. He is a born entrepreneur who is constantly overselling his next great idea and attempting to generate support for it. As an extraverted, future oriented person, he may fear failure above all else. He tells rather than asks, and whilst confident in communicating, can be rather overpowering at times. There is also a tendency for him to become very defensive if challenged. He may appear aggressive and too strong willed at times. Since he is a natural critic, he tends not to demonstrate his appreciation of the positive attributes or contributions of those around him. He sometimes has difficulty in absorbing other peoples' points of view. He can sometimes make mistakes by making decisions before receiving all the information. Occasionally Nicholas may miss opportunities through a lack of awareness of the need to conclude the planning detail. He may need to learn how to contain his disappointment in the performance of others by having more realistic people expectations. He tends to dismiss views of others which differ widely from his own. He could sometimes slow down and pay closer attention to the finer details of his projects. Personal Notes AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  14. 14. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 14 Opposite Type The description in this section is based on Nicholas's opposite type on the Insights Wheel. Often, we have most difficulty understanding and interacting with those whose preferences are different to our own. Recognising these characteristics can help in developing strategies for personal growth and enhanced interpersonal effectiveness. Recognising your Opposite Type: Nicholas’s opposite Insights type is the Supporter, Jung’s “Introverted Feeling” type. Supporters are affable, amiable, steady, loyal individuals who get on well with others. They build a close relationship with a small group of associates in the work environment. Nicholas will see the Supporter’s efforts being directed at retaining the familiar and predictable. Supporters look for constant appreciation from others and may be slow to adapt to change. They will often go the “extra mile” to help someone they consider as a friend. Nicholas may suspect the Supporter requires assistance in eliminating the old and embracing the new. Supporters are cautious, conventional, diplomatic and sincere and may avoid decision making until many of the facts and details are available to them. The Supporter is intent on maintaining a low profile. In order to perform well, the Supporter needs specific and detailed instructions before starting a job. Nicholas will experience frustration when the Supporter, if challenged, becomes stubborn and defiant. Supporters are easy going and low key people and like to feel needed and significant in other peoples’ lives. Even if a mistake has been made by someone else the Supporter may spend a lot of time sympathising and attempting to diffuse responsibility. Disagreements or opposing views can be stressful to Supporters. If the conflict in the workplace becomes too great they may become restless and uneasy, often withdrawing to avoid further conflict. Personal Notes AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  15. 15. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 15 Opposite Type Communication with Nicholas's Opposite Type Written specifically for Nicholas, this section suggests some strategies he could use for effective interaction with someone who is his opposite type on the Insights Wheel. Nicholas Gaunt: How you can meet the needs of your Opposite Type: Expect some resistance if you are suggesting change. Always seek his willing co-operation. Recognise his quality of service. Take time to listen to his feelings about the reactions of others. Remember that he may not be revealing his real underlying concerns. Take time to discuss all the details. Nicholas Gaunt: When dealing with your opposite type DO NOT: Put him “on the spot” in front of others. Be brusque, overbearing or harness him to unrealistic deadlines. Sweep aside his doubts without full consideration. Interrupt his thought processes. Speak too quickly. Fail to respect his need for occasional isolation. Personal Notes AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  16. 16. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 16 Suggestions for Development Insights Discovery does not offer direct measures of skill, intelligence, education or training. However, listed below are some suggestions for Nicholas’s development. Identify the most important areas which have not yet been addressed. These can then be incorporated into a personal development plan. Nicholas may benefit from: Reaching decisions only after weighing up all the alternatives. Accepting rather than rejecting negative feedback. Modifying his sometimes harsh voice tone to more appropriate levels. Gently asking some quieter people to express their point of view. Recognising that his bull in a china shop approach is sometimes inappropriate. Realising that some others are not as quick as he is. Reducing his high profile stance. Trying to finish one thing completely before moving to the next. Making compromises to maintain good relations. Really listening to the views of others. Personal Notes AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  17. 17. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 17 The Insights Wheel Nicholas Gaunt 25/03/2009 BLUE R E F O RM E R RED R 16 1 D E 116 101 I V R R E E C S 15 2 T B O O 36 21 R 136 121 14 3 35 22 34 56 41 23 113 156 141 104 55 42 C 133 54 43 124 O M O 153 144 O 13 4 R 33 24 T D 53 44 I I V N 52 45 A A 32 25 T T 12 5 O 152 145 O R R 132 51 46 125 50 47 112 149 148 105 31 49 48 26 30 27 11 6 129 128 S 29 28 R U E P 7 R P 10 O I R P T S E 109 108 N R I 9 8 GREEN HE L PER YELLOW Conscious Wheel Position 43: Motivating Director (Accommodating) Personal (Less Conscious) Wheel Position 3: Motivating Director (Focused) AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  18. 18. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 18 Insights Colour Dynamics Nicholas Gaunt 25/03/2009 Persona Preference Persona (Conscious) Flow (Less Conscious) BLUE GREEN YELLOW RED BLUE GREEN YELLOW RED 6 100 6 50 3 0 3 50 0 100 0 3.16 1.92 3.92 4.40 2.08 1.60 2.84 4.08 26.4% 53% 32% 65% 73% 35% 27% 47% 68% (Conscious) (Less Conscious) AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.
  19. 19. Insights Discovery 3.0 Nicholas Gaunt Page 19 Jungian Preferences Nicholas Gaunt 25/03/2009 Attitude/Orientation: 100 0 100 Introversion (I) Extraversion (E) Rational (Judging) Functions: 100 0 100 Thinking (T) Feeling (F) Irrational (Perceiving) Functions: 100 0 100 Sensing (S) Intuition (N) (Conscious) (Less Conscious) AFH Consulting © Copyright 1992-2009 Andrew Lothian, Insights, Dundee, Scotland. All rights reserved.

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