The Visionary

Thanks to my employer I had the opportunity to attend the Get Motivated Seminar at the Sprint Center this past Wednesday. My favorite speaker was Colin Powell who spoke about leadership, but I also liked Krish Dhanam a lot, I will have to write about him some time soon. There were many more speakers and I actually missed Rudy Giuliani, but one of them had such a great message that I wanted to share it with you guys.

Her name is Tamara Lowe, and she is a great speaker. She might come off as a little cookie to some, a little to Christian for others, but when she was talking about motivational DNA I was pretty impressed.

Many people think they know how everyone around them is motivated. Motives are probably the easiest thing to guess on, but probably the hardest to guess right. Some people are as cynical as to believe that for most people it boils down to money, sex or power. Funny enough, that is not the whole truth, and with her little method you can find out quite a bit about how people are motivated.

I took the online test and came up with the following.

Logtar’s Motivational DNA Type is PVI
(Production-Variety-Internal): The Visionary

Visionaries are persistent, energetic and confident. They are able to organize people and projects. Visionaries exhibit strong leadership potential and react quickly to crisis. Creative thinkers, Visionaries have the ability to craft a vision and get others excited about it. They enjoy working on multiple projects at the same time and like to be involved in exploring alternative concepts. Farsighted and imaginative, Visionaries are good at finding original solutions to difficult problems. Visionaries enjoy change and thrive under pressure. They have the ability to shift gears and turn on a dime. They are confident in their ability to master new skills. Visionaries enjoy challenge and desire personal growth. Visionaries want to know that their work matters and desire to “go where no man has gone before.”

PVI Motivators: Inspiring work environment, opportunity to originate and initiate ideas, peer respect, credit for work accomplished and a strong sense of mission.

PVI De-Motivators: Rigid structure, routine, delays, time-consuming details and bureaucracy.

The funny thing is that it is very accurate. I think this is a great tool for managers to read their employees, or sales people their potential customers. I ordered her book and plan on reading it. The simple online test gives you more than the usual; it actually gives you some tips on how to get motivated right now in ways it will work for you. Take the test, I found it quite useful.

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9 comments on “The Visionary

  1. Hahaha, good one Mark. I took it and I’m CSE. It made sense for me as well.

  2. One, if not the greatest motivators off all time is money. I found the seminar great too but they kept missing the mark on what truly motivates people…money. I think you may have left before the guy with the red tie came on but he was outstanding. Managing styles will never be coupled with a set DNA since everyone is different- I think the test is a great ‘test’ though.

  3. PSI: The Director

    Directors are strategic thinkers who have the ability to move projects forward. They have an eye for detail and energy for execution. Directors are practical and responsible. They are bottom-line people who like to get to the point. Directors are task-oriented and great problem solvers. They are good with schedules, systems and organization. They focus on achievement and value results. Directors excel in organizations that allow them some autonomy. They know that they bring value to their companies and they need to feel genuinely appreciated for their contributions. Directors are mission-mined and want their work to make a positive contribution.

    PSI Motivators:Freedom from constraints, ability to manage their own time, recognition, opportunity for personal growth, organized structure, receiving specific positive feedback.

    PSI De-Motivators: Fuzzy goals, co-workers who don’t pull their own weight, “group think,” inability to manage their own time and find their own solutions.

    The difference between me and the Visionary is that I actually do something. Ha!

  4. I’m a PSE “Chief” – Chiefs have a strong desire for tangible results combined with a need for precision. Chiefs are determined and strong-minded. They are independent and able to work unsupervised with good result. Chiefs can make quick decisions, but prefer to do so when they first have all the facts. Chiefs enjoy having the authority to chart their own course. They have considerable organizational ability and are able to develop systems and procedures. Chiefs feel validated and esteemed by tangible benefits. They methodically work toward goals that offer significant rewards. They are “mission accomplished” people with a need to achieve specified objectives.

    PSE Motivators: Autonomy, recognition by superiors, special privileges and freedom from controls, ability to structure their environment to their liking, time to think, power to act and acknowledgement of their special skills and achievements.

    PSE De-Motivators: Perceived rigidity of supervisors or authority figures, insufficient systems and ineffective people.

  5. I’m a “Supporter”:

    Daniel’s Motivational DNA Type is CSI
    (Connection-Stability-Internal): The Supporter

    Supporters are practical, dependable and loyal. They are both people-oriented and detail-oriented. Supporters are natural supervisors. They thrive on helping others excel in their positions and will fight for the underdog. Methodical in their methodology, they like to have the facts before they act. They respect authority and organizational structure. Caring and careful with people and projects, Supporters are skillful at implementing procedures. They possess a strong work ethic. Having a clearly defined goal to work toward is important to them and they follow through on objectives with steady conscientiousness. Psychological pay is of primary importance to them. They need to feel good about what they are doing and sense that their work makes a positive contribution.

    CSI Motivators: Facts and information, peer respect, sincere appreciation, private recognition, specific positive feedback, an inspiring work environment, co-workers they enjoy, clearly defined objectives, a sense of accomplishment, and time to reflect and plan.

    CSI De-Motivators: Hype and hyperbole, infringement on personal or family time, perceived inequity and demands for rapid change.

  6. The test, and the young lady’s tome, are recurring variations on a theme going back at least as far as Dr. Peale.

    That is not to say they have no value; obviously you and others find the results of the on-line Q & A instructive. It is utile, though, to take these findings with a cowlick of salt, or at least the natural suspicion regarding the astrological chart your latest girlfriend has worked up for you: people change, and they very often lie to both people and machines for no reason or (more often) to match an image of themselves.

    While I do not believe you fall into either category, many, many people do, so the results are almost always skewed.

    And what one does with the test results is at least as important as the knowledge itself. While it is fun to be regarded as a ‘Chief’, it is but a fine, invisible line between that and being a dictatorial asshole…

    Not that I would know.

    ; ‘ )

  7. Another blogger I read from the KC area had this quiz on her site as well and I came up with The Director and thought it fit me pretty well, from a work perspective.

  8. Thanks for attending the seminar and writing about it. I enjoyed reading your blog!

    You can read the first chapter of Get Motivated online at The book will hit shelves on Jan 27, 2009. I think you’ll really enjoy it. We just received the first review– from Publishers Weekly who called the book “refreshing and inspiring” and gave it a glowing endorsement.

    I’d be happy to autograph a bookplate for you if you like. Just shoot me an email with your address! Thanks again for attending our event and posting your insights!

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