ZZZ…The Everyday Genius – Jane Hurd

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For each item, tally the symbol that most closely matches your preference.

  • Which do you find more appealing?
    • # New ideas
    • □ Interesting facts
  • Is it better to:
    • ◊ Stay the course
    • ∩ Roll with the punches
  • Do you prefer directions:
    • # In map form
    • □ Written out step by step
  • Which pleases you more:
    • ◊ Arriving at the destination
    • ∩ The journey along the way
  • When coming to a conclusion, do you:
    • # Form a hypothesis first
    • □ Gather data first
  • Would you best be described as:
    • ◊ Definite
    • ∩ Adaptable
  • Are you good at:
    • # Conceptual tasks
    • □ Concrete tasks
  • Which are you better at?
    • ◊ Closure
    • ∩ Process
  • Would you prefer to work on:
    • # A jigsaw puzzle
    • □ A crossword puzzle
  • Are you better at watching out for:
    • ◊ Deadlines
    • ∩ New opportunities
  • Do you consider yourself more:
    • # Intuitive
    • □ Fact-based
  • Are you a person who Is more:
    • ◊ Focused than flexible
    • ∩ Flexible than focused
  • Are you more comfortable with a workday requiring:
    • # Constant new thinking
    • □ Established routines
  • Are you more uncomfortable:
    • ◊ When things are not settled
    • ∩ When you have no choices
  • Are you more likely to see:
    • # How things fit together
    • □ The importance of each piece
  • Are you better at:
    • ◊ Completing a project
    • ∩ Beginning a project
  • Is your thinking more:
    • # Holistic
    • □ Linear
  • Do you prefer to:
    • ◊ Follow a set plan
    • ∩ Adapt as you go
  • For most decision making it is important to have:
    • # Good intuition
    • □ Reliable facts
  • Are you more likely to feel:
    • ◊ Goals should be changed as little as possible
    • ∩ Goals should change with circumstances
  • When telling a story it is more important to:
    • # Communicate the big picture
    • □ Include all pertinent details
  • It is more important that a company’s strategic plan be:
    • ◊ Focused
    • ∩ Flexible
  • It is more important to:
    • # Understand the concept
    • □ Pay attention to detail
  • As a manager, would you be more likely to set:
    • ◊ Real deadlines and stick to them
    • ∩ Ambitious deadlines and adjust them
  • Are you better at:
    • # Integrating information
    • □ Reducing facts to a solution
  • Which is more difficult for you?
    • ◊ Having a good idea
    • ∩ Following through
  • Are you more likely to see how a project:
    • # Relates to other projects
    • □ Can be achieved step-by-step
  • When it comes to managing your time, are you more likely to be:
    • ◊ Realistic
    • ∩ Unrealistic
  • Do you consider yourself more:
    • # Innovative
    • □ Organized
  • Would you rather go:
    • ◊ Sight-seeing
    • ∩ Treasure-hunting

Write down the number of #, □, ◊ and ∩ tallied.

Choose the two highest-ranking symbols:

# + ∩ = Idea Genius

□ + ∩ = People Genius

# + ◊ = Plan Genius

□ + ◊ = People Genius

  • The Idea Genius
    • Key Words:
      • Ideas
      • Possibilities
      • Intuition
      • Spontaneous
      • Change
      • No Limits
      • Innovation
      • Future
      • Hunches
      • Imagination
    • Strengths:
      • Understanding complex problems quickly
      • Thinking of completely new concepts
      • Inspiring others to achieve great things
      • Risking untried solutions
    • Weaknesses:
      • Following through on ideas
      • Changing directions too often and too quickly
      • Overlooking practical limitations
      • Failing to communicate reasons for conclusions
  • The Plan Genius
    • Key Words:
      • Goals
      • Results
      • Timeline
      • Organized
      • Problem-solver
      • Orderly
      • Demanding
      • Strategic
      • Consistent
      • Single-minded
    • Strengths:
      • Translating ideas into reality
      • Organizing confusion into order
      • Solving complex problems
      • Sticking to the plan until it is completed
    • Weaknesses:
      • Using people as a means to an end
      • Losing sight of the purpose of the plan
      • Becoming rigid in seeking goals
      • Going for results at any cost
  • The People Genius
    • Key Words
      • Relationships
      • Fun
      • Tolerance
      • Nurturing
      • Practical
      • Flexible
      • Spontaneous
      • Realistic
      • Open
    • Strengths:
      • Networking with others
      • Rallying the troops in a crisis
      • Inspiring loyalty
      • Working as a team member
    • Weaknesses:
      • Documenting work in writing
      • Meeting deadlines
      • Following rules
      • Seeing the big picture
  • The Data Genius
    • Key Words:
      • Data
      • Facts
      • Careful
      • Perfectionist
      • Critical
      • Exacting
      • Duty
      • Rules
      • Principles
      • Structure
    • Strengths:
      • Makes few dumb mistakes
      • Carefully evaluates each step
      • Holds himself and others to high standards
      • Insists on honesty
    • Weaknesses:
      • Can get lost in the details
      • Less able to “think on their feet” or react to change
      • Directness sometimes turns people off
      • Gets stuck in thinking about the worst-case scenario