Productivity - Type P
Type Ps in Productivity are utterly reliable. They are detail-oriented workhorses that embody consistency and a strong work-ethic. Known for the relentless pursuit of their goals, Type Ps will seemingly have unlimited reserves of energy to put into whatever they care about.
Because of their detail-oriented nature, Type Ps are likely to have the expectation of flawlessness for their work. To achieve this, they will often put in extra hours, fervently check their work, and continually make improvements. Type Ps are planners. Beyond just using a planner or calendar (which they assuredly do), they are likely to have well thought out plans for multiple different aspects of their life in addition to those they have for their work.
4-Star General | U.S. Secretary of State
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
Optimal Work Environment
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Type Ps crave order and efficiency. Because of this, Type Ps will work best in environments with defined goals and objectives. It is also helpful for Type Ps to work with deadlines for multiple reasons. For one, this brings out their efficient nature – you can guarantee they’ll deliver. Secondly, with their expectations for their work being so rigorous, they can be prone to continually try to optimize whatever they’re working on to decreasing levels of marginal benefit. Having a deadline can often strike a balance and allow for a Type P to produce excellent work but also turn their attention to something new that could benefit more from their work.
•What’s the thing you’ve put the most work into this past year? What did you learn? Why did you work so hard on it?
•When’s the last time you put in more hours than required to do something? Why did you do it?
•Think about a time when you noticed a detail no one else did. What kind of impact did that make on the team?
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Questions to Ask Yourself
What do you care about most? What is the motivation behind why you work so hard?
How do you like to receive direction? Do you like a bit of ambiguity or a set plan to execute?
What are the most distracting things to you when working? How can you optimize the environment you’re working in?
What level of effort do you expect others to put into their work? How reasonable is this expectation?
U.S. Secretary of State
Colin Powell found his calling early into his college career as a part of the ROTC program. Powell continued with his service and would eventually go on to serve in the Vietnam War, among others, where he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Powell would then serve in many different political roles including assistant to the deputy secretary of defense and energy in the Carter Administration, National Security Advisor for the Reagan Administration, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in the Bush and Clinton Administrations, and eventually as Secretary of State in the second Bush Administration. Powell’s influence in this role was crucial after the September 11th attacks in gaining international support for the War On Terrorism.
Powell is known for his strategic and reluctant use of military force, his reputation of absolute integrity, and his wide appeal across aisles and with the U.S. people. An example of the latter was during the Clinton election where, despite not running, he led a hypothetical exit poll against the eventual president 50-38 (CBS / New York Times).
While the details of much of General Colin’s career are unknown due to the sensitive nature of his work, accounts from the people he worked with indicate that he is an excellent example of a Type P. Organization, efficiency, and dutifulness can be expected of most military men and women; however, General Powell was known to be exceptional in this regard even compared to his highly decorated peers. One example of this type is in his leadership style. His philosophy was that providing structure early on acts as a foundation with which others may make the best decisions in any situation. Furthermore, he believed in the necessity for leaders to listen to advice but ultimately make their own decisions for which they take full responsibility, good or bad.
Furthermore, comments from others who worked closely with him speak of his complete dedication; the extra hours he was known to put in to critical projects and the expectation he had of others to do the same; his well-thought out and detailed planning in military, political, and personal matters; and his relentless drive to serve others and the country, whatever that may take. These are wonderful examples of Type P Productivity.