2009.02.25 19:21:59
Susan Jackman

Would you like to get inside my head and understand how I work?

This is from a very professional personality analysis done on me a few years ago. It is amazingly accurate, I have to say. I didn't change anything, it's all here, the good and the bad.  :)

Personalysis Summary for Susan A. Jackman

Rational > Preferred style

Susan likes communication roles that generate many choices.  Prizes individuality of thought and is challenged to make ideas work.  In approach, is thoughtful, exploratory and agreeable.  When managing, consults, questions and stimulates others to handle organizational affairs. Uses diagnostic skills and persuades others to look at alternatives to get things done.  Frustrated by individuals who are unable to take initiative or deal with changing circumstances.

Preferred style

Susan is a cordial person who likes to plan, organize, and direct a program of work.  Employs a thought provoking style and enjoys a variety of interests.  Comes across in a resourceful manner and is able to help others reframe their thinking.  Tends to focus on what is and what could be.  Prizes the chance to map the road to be traveled.

Takes pleasure in the ability to see beyond the obvious.  To build for today and improve the future are strengths.  Does not want to be structured and lose freedom to make own choices.  These behaviors, as well as the ability to apply the mind to figure out the nature of things, foster a sense of self-mastery.

Style limitations

Because Susan is so knowledgeable, enterprising, and agreeable, others at times may interpret this as being out-of-touch, incautious, or too visionary.  Such a transformational style could be misunderstood when a deliberate approach may be indicated.  There are times to be innovative, and there are times to get grounded and be practical.

Since a change-oriented mode of action is not always appropriate, Susan may need to shift styles consciously.  Find behaviors in other dimensions that show more gravity and realism and are less likely to be perceived as too idealistic, isolated, or the like.  Another option is to team build with someone who comes across as more cautious and down-to-earth.

Satisfying job activities

We are able to operate in our comfort zone when we are in a position that utilizes the strengths of our preferred style.  Broadly speaking, Susan prefers communication and diagnostic roles.  Enjoys job functions that call for exploring new fields, investigating subjects, and searching for discourse while throwing light on its meaning gives great pleasure.  These talents, as well as potential to transform the use, purpose, or form of things, contribute to peak performance.

Frustrating job functions

Generally, Susan should not choose roles that require conforming to a fixed way of doing work.  Dislikes being circumscribed by rules and regulations.  Should keep clear of methodical, repetitious tasks that prevent using a resourceful mind.  Assignments that deal with indifferent processes, procedures, and systems and allow no personal input should be avoided.

In addition, has a distaste for jobs that demand doing things in a uniform way.  Cannot readily be challenged in a bureaucratic organization.  Any functions that accent adhearing to standards rather than generating ideas, enforcing sameness instead of making changes, or keeping thins as they areas opposed to making improvements do not draw on Susan’s strengths. ­­

Socialized > Communication expectations

Susan expects management and others to be clear about the target to be achieved and provide an explanation.  They ought to explain what needs to be done and why.  Expects to use experience and share own ideas.  If approached right, will be self-directed and productive.  To overcome problems, is alert, looks at alternatives and figures out a plan to get results.  Does not respond well to rigid management and is not influenced by group opinions.


Susan expects to identify what has to happen while responding to directives of decision maker.  Without experiences, thinks you should respect those who have the power to perform according to their instructions.  Believes you ought to stay on target and put their plan into effect.

With experience, takes the liberty to know, to believe, and to speak freely.  To use a dynamic talent, think quickly, and measure up to own high standards are strong expectations.  When given an assignment, has the power to concentrate on the goal and work in a penetrating fashion.  Will use own ingenuity, act with conviction, and accomplish the task without delay.

Expectation of others

Susan feels that management and others ought to give clear instructions.  Also, they should provide a chance for input.  Follows the lead of those who are strong-minded, give colorful examples, and implement a go-ahead plan.  Expects those in charge to be knowledgeable, explain themselves when questioned, and inspire their associates.  Does not react well to those who are not straightforward.

Cooperative response

When other are clear about the game plan, Susan will undertake an energetic action.  Has learned you should be industrious and avoid guilt by staying busy.  Feels you ought to be attentive and advance toward a definite purpose.  It is second nature to use problem-solving talents to produce something of tangible value.

To overcome problems, Susan considers options and narrow alternatives.  Gets a rise of energy, gets on top of off-target conditions, and stays proactive.  May resist those who are indecisive; but, if approached right, will map out probabilities, execute with vigor, and try to make an impact.

Communication: right and wrong approaches

We learn how to gather information and interact with others early in life.  Susan can readily relate to those who are direct, single-minded, and individualistic.  But may misread those who are open, flexible, and gregarious.  May distort their behavior as being unfocused, vacillating, and wasting time.

Their tendency to use generalized language may be mistaken for being vague and deceptive.  Is not at ease with people who avoid confrontation and may misperceive them to be weak.  To relate to Susan, remember to state objectives up front, stay focused on the task at hand, and demonstrate firmness.

Instinctive >Motivational needs

Susan needs have choice and predictability.  Motivated to discuss the downside of issues and alternatives.  In making decisions, is not impulsive and will not be rushed.  Needs to dialog and understand probabilities, establish priorities and proceed on a sound basis.  Under pressure, consults, asks questions and keeps control.  Recharge time is critical to restore energy, and feedback is necessary to attain self-confidence.  Frustrated when others do not take action and inform the latter.


Susan is strongly motivated to gather information to comprehend why and how things happen.  Feels the need to critique whatever is going on and predict problems.  Wants to review what has talent place and plan for the future.  Protects freedom to anticipate the possible consequences in order to match a preconceived ideal.

To get in front of any difficulties comes naturally.  Empowered by the chance to play various scenarios and increase certainty.  Wishes to come up with a way to proceed.  Desires to work on a long-term timeframe and conduct self in an orderly way.  Needs time for reflection and self-renewal after devoting oneself to the demands of the workplace.


In learning, Susan applies thought process that primarily features an if-then approach.  The intent is to foresee the outcome of various choices.  When trying something new, uses visualization and repetition.  Becomes alert to what is heard, felt, or observed.  Understand the nature and meaning of experiences.  Recombines them to form new images.  Enjoys being on a learning curve.

Feels more effective if able to converse with others and sees how things are related. Becomes aware of what has been previously unknown.  Benefits from feedback and positive reinforcement to build a repertory of abilities and techniques.  Values what is learned for its own sake.  Satisfaction is increased with unsought praise for mastering the knowledge or skill.  Values feeling appreciated.


In making decisions, Susan needs to probe to get more data.  Ponders how all the factors involved are connected.  Is reluctant to act in haste or be put in a situation that demands an off-the-cuff reaction.  Listens for “why” and “how”.  Consider what could happen and discusses the issues.  Wants to be sure policies and procedures are in place to reduce future disturbances.

Implements decisions after performing an assessment process, conducting a personal investigation, and making a reliable forecast.  Follows a well-conceived strategy to achieve a planned effect. Tries to safeguard independence and does not want to be told what to do.   Becomes anxious if others put on pressure to take an unexamined course of action.


When dealing with change, does not want to be surprised. Feels threatened with shifting conditions unless able to talk about all the questions upfront.  To know the situation and who can be counted on is uppermost in thought.  Recognizes that old ways must go to make way for the new, but wants to consider worst-case scenarios.  May find it hard to close down the mind.

Under pressure, Susan fears loss of predictability and liberty.  Assesses to resolve any trouble and find a way to be accountable.  Can reach deep for resources and maintains a back-up plan.  Would rather do nothing than gamble on chance. Could be strengthened by teambuilding with someone who is more adaptable under stress and able to take a big-picture approach

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