Folks, I celebrated my birthday and now I’m back at work attending an “offsite”. For the uninitiated an offsite means I get to spend eight solid hours for three consecutive days in a conference room this week. There are some wonderful things one can discover about themself while trapped in a windowless box with 17 of your not-so close colleagues.
My first goal was to figure out the funky carpeting. If you’ve ever been to a theatre, you may have noticed how wacky the carpeting patterns can be. I think they’re hideous so people won’t notice all the stains from popcorn and spilled beverages. Before I started nodding my head Monday, I attempted to comprehend the carpet pattern in the Marriot. I crossed my eyes, I squinted, and rubbed my socked feet in the synthetic fibers. I was hopeful reindeer would appear if I crossed my eyes just right and whisk me away to the North Pole. (you know like those posters which were so popular in the early 90’s)
Alas, the reindeer scenario was a dream that didn’t come to fruition. There I was stuck in a hotel meeting room listening to the instructor complain about his three failed marriages. I was fortunate enough to get one more chance to learn more about myself. Personality test here we come. This time I took a DiSC Personal Profile System exam so we can decide why I’m so uncooperative in the workplace.
Here’s your opportunity to show how well you know the blogger known as Monkey Boy. Determine which Profile Pattern best suits Monkey Boy:
a) perfectionist – Goals include stability & predictable accomplishments; main fear = antagonism.
b) persuader – Judges others by ability to express themselves; enthusiastic and trusting of people.
c) inspirational – Influences by charm; fears include weak behavior and loss of social status.
d) promoter – Judges others by verbal skills; goals include approval & popularity.
e) counselor – Goals include friendship & happiness; Influences others with “open door” policy.
Think this over for a bit and drop your guess in the comments. I will have a good chuckle during my ten minute breaks reading your comments on my iPod touch. Get this, the instructor sets a timer for our breaks. I like it since it keeps on schedule, but that’s so not something I’d ever do. That could be a hint to my DiSC Profile Pattern.
Finally, did you know Dyson, the vacuum guy with the wicked cool British accent, makes hand dryers? They had one at the hotel and was drawn to that sucker like a moth to the flame. Now if I can only get guys to wash their hands after touching their units.
FINAL final thought: a wise blogger warned me about the love you have for your own child. Holy shit was that blogger ever right. It’s one of the craziest attractions I’ve ever known and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I say this because I wasn’t able to see my daughter during Monday’s meeting and damn did I ever miss her. I’m a sap.