I listened to a podcast today featuring Tom Vander Ark on the way to a meeting in the Jeep, and so I strolled over to his website when I had a free second and found this handy little post, that they apparently do over at Google: A User Guide to Me.
Man, wouldn’t it be cool to have a user guide on your co-workers? THAT would be handy!
We do something similar in RX640 Entrepreneurship in Healthcare/Life Sci at Butler: I have the students do a strengths and personality CV, or a Know Thyself Kit – but it would be even better to have these warehoused somewhere so we can access them. I try to put up some pet projects in a 1 page summary of what I’m up to as well, because regular resumes and CVs only really talk about the past – they don’t really focus on where you’re heading. And as a futuristic-obsessed #1 strength, I can’t be the girl who just focuses on past accomplishments.
But, for fun, I’m going to walk through Vander Ark’s user guide below. Ready?
- Strengthsfinder: futuristic, maximizer, intellection, ideation and input and that’s consistent.
- INTJ – every. Time. On the MBTI.
- DISC – D, with a little I.
- Education – that’s in the bio – I won’t bore you.
- Family: Parents, check. Brother, check. Jack the cat, check.
What I’m working on (pet projects):
- Obsession with maker and third spaces right now.
- Coloring books (for obvious reasons) – but particularly around wellness and mindfulness.
- Getting BU Well autonomous and driven by the students – they’re doing great!
- Setting up next year’s children’s interprofessional book project at BU.
What I think I’m good at:
- Seeing how things fit together. And the weirder the two things, the better.
- Coming up with crazy, but cool ideas.
- Getting things done. And, actually implementing those crazy ideas I figure out in bullet 2.
- Editing. (That doesn’t, however, mean that I love to do this one all the time.)
- Starting. While I can get things done, I prefer to start them, get things going, then hand them off to someone else for maintenance, so I can move on to starting another fire in another area.
What I’m told I’m good at:
- Getting things done.
- Social media.
- Connecting the dots.
My least favorite things:
- The weeds. That means the nitty gritty details. I can do this, but I’d prefer to stay at the 50K view. There’s typically more breathing room up there anyway.
- Paper clip wars and meetings. Much like the weeds. Example: A 2 hour discussion and debate on whether or not we should distribute learning materials as PDFs or PowerPoint slides. Leave me off the invitation list for this one. Better yet, don’t have the meeting in the first place. It. Doesn’t. Matter in the big scheme of the Universe. Example 2: rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, as one of my friends says. Irrelevant. Dicta. Don’t go there.
- Sports. I don’t get them, nor will I ever. Silly.
Good ways to work with me:
- Send me an email, and give me a deadline.
- Don’t call me, unless it is urgent.
- Tweet or text. See email above.
- Give me the facts.
- I get things done BEFORE they are due. Rolling last minute drives me crazy.
I can always help with:
- Ideas and brainstorming.
How I learn:
- Visually, and by stories.
- Data is good too, but it usually needs context.
- I’m actually a rhythmic learner too…guess I need to create more raps about my learning.
That was fun.