Posted: February 28th, 2017
1. Now that you have learned these things about yourself, apply them to your workplace behavior and interactions with others. 2. To do so, provide a separate paragraph for each of the following questions: • In general, what have you learned from these personality tests about organizational behavior that will help you be a better employee, co-worker, and/or manager? • In particular, what have you learned about yourself from this personality test that will help you be a better employee, co-worker, and/or manager? Provide specific examples. Step 3 1. Please read the “The Gospel and Personal Reflection” article located in the Reading & Study folder in Module/Week 5 and respond to the question found below. 2. The MBTI helps us label our strengths and their corresponding weaknesses, as does the “Big Five” personality test. Therefore, it would be easy to simply accept the fact that we have weaknesses. After all, “no one is perfect!” we say. On the other hand, the assigned article points out that God through the Holy Spirit continues to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. For step 3, explain how the Holy Spirit has worked in your life to transform your weaknesses into strengths. See II Corinthians 12:7–10 as a scriptural example of this paradoxical truth. Be specific! Note: It is understood that not all of our students are Christians. If that is your situation, read the assigned article and Bible verses and ponder the relevance of the ideas found in both. Refer to ideas from the article as you complete this step, and consider how your own personality weaknesses have been or can be transformed into personality strengths. Following is an example of how Dr. Fischer might respond to this requirement: “As an ENFJ/P, I tend to be a big picture thinker. I am always looking for the vision behind things and how things are connected. As such, I used to disdain details. I felt like they were a hindrance to the important things in life, and in my arrogance, I often let details slide through the cracks. So here we have a personality type strength (big picture, visionary thinking) hindered by a sinful tendency of that same personality trait (aversion to details). God has had to teach me the importance of details (what good is a vision if it does not work in the real world of details?) and He has had to teach me the joy of being faithful in the little things. Now, I am seeing that even the various tasks on my job that I used to put in the category of ‘boring details’ are actually very important to accomplishing the big picture. No leadership team would want to implement a new strategy without first getting a very sound understanding of how that vision would affect the managers and front line employees in their daily routines on the job. If the vision or strategy does not work in the practical applications of the company, it will fail. Likewise, I have had to learn that there are plenty of ways to engage others, and that meaningful conversations with people can be about the details of life–things I often considered ‘small talk’ in the past.” Formatting Use correct APA format for every element of the paper. Be sure to include the APA-formatted cover page, abstract, and reference page. Reference your APA manual for help. 1. Write in first person. 2. To facilitate the instructor’s grading of these assignments, you must have major headings for Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3. Additionally, under the major heading of Step 1, you must have subheadings for each separate section of the Personality test—“What About Me?”, “Working with Others,” and “Life in Organizations.” That means that you need 3 subheadings for Step 1. 3. The exact number of paragraphs that you include in each section is your decision; your instructor will not be grading you on how many paragraphs you used per section, but rather the extent to which you specifically addressed each of the sections above. 4. The minimum of 4 required pages does not include the title page, abstract page, or reference page. Those must be counted as additional pages. You will likely find that it will be difficult to address all of these things in only 4 pages, but that constraint is part of the exercise itself. Learning to write succinctly and efficiently will improve your communication skills, regardless of the setting. Because you only have 4 pages to discuss all these components, be concise. 5. Be sure to double-space, use 1-inch margins, and avoid bold font (except for headlines, per current APA format), underlining, and contractions. 6. The reference page must include a minimum of the 5 following references in current APA format: • The course textbook (either Type Talk at Work or Organizational Behavior), • MyManagementLab, • 1 scholarly source from a peer-reviewed journal, • “The Gospel and Personal Reflection” by Dr. Fischer, and • At least 1 of the audio PowerPoint Lessons from any of the modules/weeks thus far assigned.
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