Friday, July 17, 2015

Job Strengths Profile: Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler rose from obscurity to lead the charge to the most destructive war in history. What made him such an inspirational and effective leader to the German people in the years before World War II? The time and place of his ascendancy had a lot to do with it; The political and economic circumstances he found himself in allowed Hitler to use his talents to maximum effect, in this case, gaining power before leading an entire country to ruin. How did he manage to persuade so many people to follow him? If it were possible to identify his five strongest talents, what might they be? Here are some suggestions:

Achiever and Self-Assurance: From his early days in the German Army in World War I to his failed attempts to become an artist to his initial activities in politics to the Nazi’s his first victories in World War II, Hitler demonstrated an energy and willpower to go after what he wanted, fueled by an unshakable confidence in himself and his people. There was no difference between his political philosophies and his actions. Both were aimed squarely at the notion that his country had what it took to return to its former glory.

Communication and Futuristic: Hitler was a brutal and deceitful leader and a terrible Commander in Chief, but he was also a mesmerizing public speaker. He had a rare gift for a kind of oratory that would not work in many circumstances but was just right for his national audience. One of the pillars of his communication style was to constantly invoke the German people’s magnificent past and how it ties directly in to Germany’s destiny as the ruler of the Earth. The visions of the future he painted for his fellow countrymen were so compelling that not even the realities of what he was really doing got in the way of millions signing up to follow him.

Deliberative: Specifically, a sense of caution borne out of self-preservation. One of Hitler’s biggest feats was to stay alive as long as he did once he came into power. From the outset, political enemies inside his own country, both civilian and military, plotted to kill him. Hitler’s instincts for protecting himself from enemies enabled him to take actions small and large, reasonable and gruesome (creating his own military unit of personal bodyguards (the SS), eliminating potential rivals during the bloody “Night of the Long Knives,” constantly varying his travel schedule to confuse potential assassins). Eventually, it was his own hand that did him in.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #261: Climatologist

What They Do: Climatology…is the study of climate, scientifically defined as weather conditions averaged over a period of time. This modern field of study is regarded as a branch of the atmospheric sciences and a subfield of physical geography, which is one of the Earth sciences. Climatology now includes aspects of oceanography and biogeochemistry. Climate models are used for a variety of purposes from study of the dynamics of the weather and climate system to projections of future climate. (Wikipedia)

What might be the talents that would allow someone to excel in a position like this? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Developer: To understand the many factors involved in climate and help perfect the tools and methods used to analyze these factors

Input: To gather and catalog many small pieces of data that combine to answer bigger questions

Deliberative and Consistency: To carefully and accurately collect data and determine the results with as little bias or guessing as possible

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Talent Profile: Oprah Winfrey

She rose from poverty to become one of the most powerful people in media and entertainment. With her loyal fan base of millions and projects in film, TV, and publishing, she controls one of the strongest brands in any industry.

If we were to list the top talents that helped enable Oprah to reach such a high level of success, what might they be? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever: The drive needed to compete and thrive in the world’s most cutthroat industries

Arranger: The ability to put people and things where they need to be to ensure successful projects and business operations

Communication and Relator: As a talk-show host, Oprah is perhaps the greatest in the history of television at creating an atmosphere of excitement and camaraderie with her audience, which tends to consist of a specific TV demographic. Her ability to conduct interviews and make visitors to her show feel special is unparalleled

Empathy: An ability to genuinely care about people, not just guests, but audience members and employees of her company

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #260: Doula

What They Do: A doula, also known as a birth companion and post-birth supporter, is a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during, and/or after childbirth, as well as her spouse and/or family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support. The provision of continuous support during labour is associated with improved maternal and fetal health and a variety of other benefits, including lower risk of induction and interventions and less need for pain relief. (Wikipedia)

What are the talents that might make someone excel in this position? Here are five suggestions:

Activator and Responsibility: A high level of responsiveness needed to care for people who are going through a major life event

Relator: A mentality that allows someone to get close to others and develop trust

Harmony: Someone who can help calm the waters during what can be a time of emotional upheaval

Developer: Someone who can not only assist but also educate family members in how to manage the pregnancy process and take care of a newborn

Monday, July 13, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #259: Nurse Practitioner

What They Do: Nurse practitioners (NP) are advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) who are educated and trained to provide health promotion and maintenance through the diagnosis and treatment of acute illness and chronic condition...Nurse practitioners (NPs) manage acute and chronic medical conditions, both physical and mental, through history and physical exam and the ordering of diagnostic tests and medical treatments. NPs are qualified to diagnose medical problems, order treatments, perform advanced procedures, prescribe medications, and make referrals for a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions within their scope of practice...In the U.S., Depending upon the state in which they work, nurse practitioners may or may not be required to practice under the supervision of a physician. (Wikipedia)

What are the talents that might allow someone to excel at this kind of profession? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Restorative: An inner drive to help people get well

Analytical and Input: To successfully diagnose and recommend treatments for illnesses

Deliberative: To "do no harm" in the course of examining and treating patients

Friday, July 10, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #258: Park Ranger

What They DoA park warden, park ranger or forest ranger is a person entrusted with protecting and preserving park lands – national, state, provincial, or local parks...The profession includes a number of disciplines and specializations, and park rangers are often required to be proficient in more than one...Regardless of the regular duties of any one discipline, the goal of all rangers remains to protect the park resources for future generations and to protect park visitors. (Wikipedia)

A park ranger's duties may include visitor education, dispatching, maintenance, administration, firefighting and law enforcement. What are the talents that might allow someone to excel in this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Activator and Adaptability: Someone who's capable of wearing several different hats and isn't afraid to move around a lot during the day in order to get things done

Deliberative and Responsibility: Someone who feels a deep sense of ownership of the preservation and care of the natural spaces in their care, and who will go to great lengths to make sure the land is protected

Input: The ability to absorb and store lots of information about a given park as well as the numerous policies and procedures used to care for it

Friday, July 3, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #257: Tailor

What They DoA tailor is a person who makes, repairs, or alters clothing professionally, especially suits and men's clothing. [The term] refers to makers of men's and women's suits, coats, trousers, and similar garments, usually of wool, linen, or silk. Traditional tailoring is called "bespoke tailoring"...This is unlike made to measure which uses pre-existing patterns. A bespoke garment or suit is completely original and unique to each customer. (Wikipedia)

A quality tailor will never have to worry about not having work, especially in high end shops where customers will pay big money for custom made and altered clothes. What would it take for someone to excel at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Arranger and Deliberative: To correctly but the right pieces together and make sure it's done right the first time

Individualization: Someone who's eye is always trained to see the particular characteristics and qualities of specific customers so that they can be fitted just right

Restorative and Maximizer: Someone who always strives for a high level of quality, whether it's altering existing clothing or creating new outfits from scratch

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #256: Cruise Director

What They Do: A cruise director is a high-ranking or senior officer of a cruise ship with responsibility for all onboard hospitality, entertainment and social events, who acts as the public face of the company. Responsibilities of a cruise director may include: Scheduling of entertainment, activities and social events, officer in charge of entertainment staff, public announcements, conducting and supervising safety briefings or drills for both passengers and crew. (Wikipedia)

Although “cruise director” suggests working on a ship, it can also be a nickname for land-based business roles that perform the same function. These jobs involve event, convention, or seminar planning and are always in demand by companies that need people who can manage functions that involving scheduling large groups of people.

What are the talents that might allow someone to excel at this kind of position? Here are five suggestions:

Activator and Arranger: Someone who is always on top of things and knows how to keep schedules and events organized

Command: Someone who knows how to “lead from the front” and get employees, vendors, and contractors moving in the same direction to provide excellent service

Discipline: Someone who knows how to take care not just of the fun things, but all aspects of and event, including issues of safety and regulation

Positivity: Someone who can add upbeat energy to interactions with staff and customers, looking on the bright side of situations that arise while making sure maximizing enjoyment for the guests