GEMS Work Preference Indicator

Through the GEMS survey, I discovered my Grand Type to be Results Oriented Team Player – Team Captain. I agree this type suits me well because I possess many of the traits that were described within my assessment. I am very ambitious and it is important to me to be effective and excel as an employee. It was very interesting to see how many of the traits described in my assessment that I possess. One trait which stuck out is when it stated when I am assigned to a task, I am eager to get started and get it accomplished. With anything I pursue, I really strive to stand out from the crowd by providing excellent results.

I work very hard to complete things that I set out to accomplish. I love it when someone challenges me and tells me I cannot do something. For instance, in approximately six weeks I will be running in the Baltimore half-marathon. Now, no one has directly told me I will not be able to do it, but I know there are a few people that think I cannot. Seeing their face once I have completed it will make me feel very good, I love giving the look of “I told you so” to someone who doubts me. The same happens for work related things. I love being the person to figure out something that everyone else said it is impossible to figure out.

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These examples clearly show why my percentages were so high within the factors of job fulfillment (82%) and career ladder (87%). I enjoy being told that I am doing well at my job, it helps keep me going. One of the traits that I did not agree with is when it said I would rather work with people than work alone. As I do enjoy being around people while working, I prefer to handle projects by myself. I do not have the patience to explain what I am working on to someone else. It may not be the best to think like this, but I truly believe in the saying “If you want something to be done well, do it yourself”.

I think this all comes right back to my strong desire to please and receive the praise for exceptional work. Something I realized about myself after taking this survey is that I do not have a nurturing side. My assessment stated people sometimes think I am being insensitive or unsympathetic because I do not possess the interpersonal skills to help them solve the problems they need me to help them with. I do tend to find it difficult to make new friends at work. My lack of being able to nurture is most likely the cause for this.

I never realized people viewed me so negatively. The information that I have learned through this survey will undoubtedly help me achieve greater success in my career. I now know I should take time to help my coworkers, whether personal or work related. This will definitely help me start and maintain better relationships at work. I have also learned that I should not always be so concerned with me, but give some of my attention to the team I am working on. Although I prefer working by myself, I may realize I can be just as effective, if not more, while working on a team.

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