Download the PDF 1. Categorizing employees: Should you hire a lion, beaver, otter or golden retriever? How do you understand how well they will fit with the team? David Meszaros, CFP, a year MDRT member from High River, Alberta, Canada, however, has seen a lot of success in using a personality test that gives candidates a series of words to choose from that they feel best describe themselves. Based on which words the person highlights, the output from the scorecard provides a preliminary indication of one of four primary personality types:.
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One of the lesser known profiles, but just as insightful, was developed by Dr. Gary Smalley and Dr. John Trent. They base their personalities around animal characteristics. Not only are these entertaining but they are very easy for children to grasp as well. While these personality types are certainly broad categories , I find them very easy to remember and communicate.
Knowing their temperaments can make the home, work environment, meetings, and projects run much smoother. Strengths — Visionary, practical, productive, strong-willed, independent, decisive, leader. Weaknesses — Cold, domineering, unemotional self-sufficient, unforgiving, sarcastic, cruel. Strengths — Outgoing, responsive, warm, friendly, talkative, enthusiastic, compassionate.
Weaknesses — Undisciplined, unproductive, exaggerates, egocentric, unstable. Strengths — Calm, easy-going, dependable, quiet, objective, diplomatic, humorous. Weaknesses — Selfish, stingy, procrastinator, unmotivated, indecisive, fearful, worrier.
Strengths — Analytical, self-disciplined, industrious, organized, aesthetic, sacrificing. Weaknesses — Moody, self-centered, touchy, negative, unsociable, critical, revengeful. Take a look at yourself. Which one is your primary and which one is your secondary? Some naturally go together and make for a wonderful set of strengths. Also, be senstive to the weaknesses in yourself and in others. Share This With Others. Golden Retrievers are a wonderful dog and you pretty much sumed them up.
Sooooooooo much F U N! You are right on the money with everything : Just wanted to thank you for being so very brillant! If you get it right, I must believe a man is truely responsible for this! I think that Golden Retrievers are not so much selfish as the article says, but are more self-less. This can be just as bad at times because they have a problem saying no to people. Good point Bill. The weakness being rooted in a selfish desire to be wanted, liked, and perceived as a good person, friend, and employee.
Thanks for reminding me. I think I would have to go with the lion. As a kid, I always wanted one instead of our Pitt Bull. I agree with you. If I get around to getting a pet I would love to have a lioness. The most wonderful of characteristics. Especially in a human female. I just watched the session this morning that deals with personality types and was so enlightened and amused! Gary Smalley said! I found myself starting to analyze my family and friends to discover their personality types as well!
Life will be much easier now! An interesting view on our personality and leadership styles. Chris — you have posted the same response to many of the leadership articles. Anything else to say on the subject? David — Hey, sorry to be late responding to you. That is the only book I know of…. I have found they need lots of accountability. Often the the Otter side has them scattered in various directions with various ideas and the Lion side has them convinced they are right.
See the article on Communicating Amongst the Tempraments see related links above , then lemme know how it goes, OK?. Will Richardson — my apologies for getting back to you later than expected. I must be showing Otter-ish tendencies :. He likes to have fun and makes sure everyone is having fun too — in his opinion. Once the person understands their strengths and weaknesses let them know it is OK. We all have weaknesses and we should celebrate those differences.
One person may have a strength where the other is weak. How many times have you met married couples that compliment each other in this way? The Lion will not want to naturally admit weakness but you need to work with that; anticipate it and keep the communication lines open. Personally found it very informative and useful. They spoke on each of the animal types in front of what looked like a large audience who had done the test and were hearing the results. We use it as part of our Management Training on Understanding Personality Types — always gets rave reviews!
I am a little bit of everything i guess…but i would like to know where i can find a video that would be very easy to explain to kids online do you know of any? I do not know of one. We always looked at the characteristics and asked a trusted friend or co-worker what they thought we were. Good personality profiling gives one an advantage in understading self and others. As such, better commuication. OK,I totally messed up. Please check it out! Sweetness Sarah - If you have created an avatar in WordPress, it will show up there on the right.
If not, WP throws in these little designs as place-holders. When I retired from being a school counselor for a million years, I threw away everything…including my paper and pencil version of the animal prsonalities test. I am back in counseling and NEED this! Computers are not available to everyone all the time. Can you help me find a copy of this test? Many thanks. Mary Pat. Let me know. Hey brehanaaa!!! The fact is, there are traits from all in each person yet there tends to always be a primary an d secondary that are stronger than the rest.
If you are not sure, as a friend or family member. Once they are familiar with the temperaments they can usually tell you flat out what your strongest is.
Where can I take this test online to see if im an otter, beaver, lion or golden retriever thank you. We used this on our church staff and had the best time with it.
Fun and interesting. We studied the next few weeks about all the traits of each animal. I highly recommend it and it is very easy to implement. Just one way to have fun in the church office. For more ideas see my blog at luija. Are you familiar with a video series that Tim LaHaye did, possibly with another author, on the personality types; Otter, Beaver etc? An Otter I am — married to a beaver, best friends with a lion and know very few Golden Retrievers… My otterness — bugs the others… what can I do?
I want to stay on the positive section — not the negative… Help! Can you tell me if the Homes Of Honour video or dvd series on the animal personality types is still available to purchase? As if some ridiculous animal personality typing test proves…WHAT??? God alone knows us, our very thoughts. This is the big lie of psychoanalysis…. Thank you for your comment. This is by no means a theological debate but a look into the uniqueness of each of us and the commonalities we all share in regard to temperaments and personalities.
In trying to better understand my spouse or others I am by no means setting myself up as God but wanting to know them, communicate with them, and love them better. Special Note from Dr. Welcome to Incredible Creatures and to an incredibly powerful way of teaching students and families about their own unique strengths, and how to value and blend differences with others!
Here for the first time, these two outstanding educators have created a curriculum and system for teaching strengths using the four animals that is simply outstanding. Even more, get ready for classrooms, children and their families to change for the better, as each child sees more clearly their own unique strengths, and how to better value, accept and appreciate the strengths of others.
For each temperament type, circle the positive traits in the left column that sound the. It will probably help to cover the right hand. Do not score. For now,.
Personality Types: Lion, Otter, Golden Retriever, and Beaver