19 Sep


The most successful people in business know themselves better than anyone in the room. Here are a few free or extremely cheap personality or behavior exercises that I would highly recommend:

DiSC Profile:

This is one of my favorites. It essentially determines your “score” in categories: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance – and then gives you an overview of the personality based on the composite score: http://www.tonyrobbins.com/ue/disc-profile-styling.php.

Learning Style:

Understand your best learning style. Is it sight, sound, touch, or movement that opens up your brain to new information? Learn your top two: http://www.personal.psu.edu/bxb11/LSI/LSI.htm.


This one is a classic and I believe it’s timeless. It breaks down personalities into 16 categories and pegs your personality in one of four quadrants: Guardians, Artisans, Idealists and Rationals: http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test.

5 Love Languages:

Now this might sound corny, but I think this is a great exercise for figuring out how you relate with other people (and how they will best respond to you): http://www.5lovelanguages.com/assessments/love/.

A quick exercise for your next team meeting:

Are you a Thinker, Catalyst, Planner, or Helper? Name your #1 and #2 and share and discuss with others inside your team. Here is a similar assessment you can take on-line for free: http://www.truecolorscareer.com/quiz.asp.

Strengths Finder 2.0:

If you still haven’t heard about this one, it’s time to spend the 20 bucks on Amazon and get on board! Tom Roth’s book contains a pass code in every NEW copy which you can use to go online and take the assessment that will determine your top 5 strengths: http://www.amazon.com/dp/159562015X/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=8045098284&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1681895941308927820&hvpone=12.81&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_ed0zidzzj_b.

Live Right for your Blood Type:

This one is pretty amazing… After reading this book by D’Adamo two years ago, I’m convinced that our blood type carries a number of preset social and personality characteristics. Here is a link to the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Live-Right-4-Your-Type/dp/0399146733/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1379440717&sr=8-7&keywords=eat+right+for+your+blood+type.

Shape Exercise:

I wrote about this in my blog two years ago. Of the four shapes – Squiggle, Circle, Triangle or Square – pick your favorite shape quickly (don’t think about it) and then read up on this shape exercise or see my 2011 blog post: https://blueoctopusllc.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/squiggle-circle-triangle-or-square/.

Learn Myself:

The last assessments is fun and a little different from all the rest. It is 120 questions, but it only took me about 10 minutes to finish. It breaks your personality down into 5 separate categories and even compares your scores to other famous personalities (apparently Jessica Alba, Andy Rooney and I have a few things in common!): http://www.learnmyself.com/.

All of these assessments aren’t necessarily appropriate for a new hire, but use one or two for your newest employees – or have the entire team take them and compare your results. What I really like about behavioral assessments is that they don’t label us right and wrong, they simply describe why and how we think and act a certain way. Give them a try!

Make every day count!




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