Mindset - Type P
Type Ps in Mindset are stimulated intellectually by novelty, creativity, and abstract concepts. They are the type of people always asking why and are unafraid to try things in new and different ways. Type Ps are likely to be quite curious, and as a result, have a wide array of varied interests. For this reason, they are great generalists and can work cross-functionally better than most (particularly when combined with Type P Productivity).
This type captures many of the artists and creative types of the world; however, even if you’re not in one of these fields, you likely have an appreciation for aesthetics, tend to think outside of the box, and are creative and/or unconventional in your own field via your method of problem solving, idea generation, etc.
Leonardo da Vinci
Inventor, Artist, Dramatist
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
– Herman Melville
Optimal Work Environment
Find the team and work environment that best fit your type:
Highlight your unique strengths by thinking through these topics:
Type Ps in Mindset work best in environments that value freedom and autonomy – ones that allow Type Ps to explore, try things in new ways, and, at times, fail and learn. Depending on their preference in the Social category, allowing these individuals either time to contemplate and come up with ideas or to have other curious people to bounce ideas off of and have theoretical discussions with is essential to a Type P’s creative process.
One suggestion for this type is to find ways to bring the novel solutions you’ll inevitably produce to concrete and articulated terms so your team can help implement them.
•Think of a time when you’ve approached a job or assignment that you put a unique spin on.
•What do you like to learn about that’s unrelated to your major and how has it helped you in past assignments?
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Questions to Ask Yourself
How can my interests outside of work and school benefit my professional life?
When, where, and how do I come up with my best ideas?
Why do I value unconventional, unique ideas?
How can I help others understand my line of thinking to bring them in and gain their knowledge and expertise?
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci is, of course, one of history’s most renowned persons. What is incredible about da Vinci is the breadth of his genius. Not only is Leonardo the artist behind the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, he was also an inventor, military and civil engineer, architect, set designer, and scientist. We owe da Vinci credit for the inspiration and depth of knowledge we have on human and animal anatomy, mathematics, proportion and symmetry, geology, hydrology, and even flight. Da Vinci, clearly, was the epitome of a Renaissance man.
During the time of the Italian Renaissance, da Vinci apprenticed under the famous Florentine artist and sculptor, Verrocchio. In art, he found his first channel for his natural creativity. Leonardo would go on to live around Italy, including Milan where he produced the famous Last Supper painting and The Vitruvian Man. In his life he would also invent the early forms of the bicycle, submarine, and tank. Leonardo’s curiosity and blend of art and science is a part of the striking impact and legacy he left us.
Leonardo da Vinci is so emblematic of a Type P that it might as well be one of his inventions. As stated in the bio, the breadth of different arts and sciences Leonardo’s interests and genius touched is remarkable. This is quite typical of a Type P’s nature as their curiosity leads them to learn and explore whatever inspires them.
In the comprehensive history we have on da Vinci’s life taken from his notebooks, we know that Leonardo was incredibly original and philosophical. In Walter Isaacson’s book, we are exposed to unique machines da Vinci imagined such as his 80-foot crossbow and a contraption to create the illusion of flying for stage performances that would later serve as the inspiration of the helicopter. Furthermore, Isaacson is quoted as saying, “[Leonardo’s] fantasia is infectious.” This propensity for fancifulness and creativity is the textbook definition of a Type P. Lastly, it is observed that Leonardo’s best work came when he was given creative freedom and autonomy such as in the Sforza Court of Milan. Reading up on Leonardo’s work style will no doubt serve as inspiration to the Type Ps of today.