Alison Wheeler | Résumé
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Overview

"A senior manager motivated by the business and technical challenge and able to respond by providing sensible and effective strategies & solutions. Works well under pressure and to tight deadlines remaining sensitive to the needs of the commercial environment and customer demands. Entrepreneurial in outlook and commercially aware, with the ability to act as an interface between the business and the technology.

"Always prepared to adopt a hands-on approach where necessary; proactive and able to work on own initiative but equally a very strong team player (all hands on deck) or leader. Enthusiastic and able to adapt in a fast-paced environment, takes the initiative, responsibility and ownership for her key areas and projects with the view that delegation and prioritisation adds value to self, to staff and to the business.

"Although recent positions were very senior within their organisations she is capable of contributing at many levels and whilst not neccessarily seeking another high-level position in the near term (although available for such should one be offered) prefers to seek a longer-term role where she can contribute her practical capabilities and understanding of current technology opportunities together with specific skills in finance, marketing research, business analysis and relationship communications to the company in a role to suit the business requirement."


Belbin Role

Using a self-assessment test I obtained the following scores:
ShaperVery high   19 (+7.4)
Drive and readiness to challenge inertia, ineffectiveness,
complacency or self-deception
ImplementerHigh12 (+2.0)
Organising ability, practical common sense, hard-working,
self-discipline
Planthigh9 (+1.7)
Genius, imagination, intellect, knowledge
Completer-finisher  High7 (+1.5)
A capacity for follow-through, Perfectionism

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

I have taken this test a number of times, with the following being the raw data:
Jan 96Office, groupE21 - N15 - T23 - J15
2Nov 01Home, partner also doing test  E9 - N23 - T45 - J9
3Dec 01Home, soloE7 - N13 - T47 - J3
4Nov 03Home, soloE7 - N19 - T31 - J21
ENTJs have a natural tendency to marshall and direct. This may be expressed with the charm and finesse of a world leader or with the insensitivity of a cult leader. The ENTJ requires little encouragement to plan creatively and to make those plans a realiity.

ENTJs are often "larger than life" in describing their projects or proposals. This ability may be expressed as salesmanship, story-telling facility or stand-up comedy. In combination with the natural propensity for filibuster, they can make it very difficult for the customer to decline.

ENTJs are decisive. They see what needs to be done, and frequently assign roles to their fellows. Few other types can equal their ability to remain resolute in conflict, sending the valiant (and often leading the charge) into the mouth of hell. When challenged, the ENTJ may by reflex become argumentative. Alternatively (s)he may unleash an icy gaze that serves notice: the ENTJ is not one to be trifled with.


DecDynamics Profile

Created for Korn-Ferry on: 28/5/1999
This report summarises your StyleView and CareerView questionnaire results. There are three parts to this report. Based on your responses, Part I summarises your style or habits of decision-making and problem-solving, particularly with respect to day-to-day, decisions made and problems solved on the job. Part II summarises your styles of communicating with and influencing other people. Part III shows the importance in your profile of four fundamental sets of motives that should play a key role in determining your satisfaction with different kinds of career options and career experiences. Each section discusses your profile with respect to its implications for your experiences in the world of work.

Part 1: Decision-making

Action-Oriented
Emphasis on getting things done quickly; on using only key facts necessary to reach a workable conclusion
  Analytic
Emphasis on using all available facts and data; on thinking things through carefully before deciding
X
Persistent
Emphasis on staying the course; following through; meeting commitments exactly, doing things in a consistent way without wavering.
  Flexible
Emphasis on adapting to change, shifting directions as obstacles arise; exploring to find alternatives; responding to new possibilities.
X
Your profile shows that you lean clearly toward the analytic approach to decision-making. Faced with a decision, your inclination will be to thoroughly consider available information before reaching a conclusion. Your preference will be to think things through carefully. You will feel uncomfortable with decisions made without considerable thought and preparation, except when time pressure is very high.

Your profile also indicates that you walk the middle ground between persistence and adaptability. Your tendency will be to hold a particular course but when there are signs that a new course would be better, you will readily modify your direction.

Your strong focus on analysis, combined with a balanced style of handling persistence and adaptability, is a good fit with positions that require dealing with complex issues that vary from those that are routine and predictable to those that are highly unique and unpredictable.

Part 2: Communicating

Directive
Direct, no nonsense leadership using position power, rewards and orders
  Collaborative
Indirect, non-coercive leadership, using expertise, and social and emotional needs to influence
X
Quick Communication Style
Fast communications dealing with key issues and concepts without getting into details and complexity
  Comprehensive Communication Style
In-depth communications about complex concepts and issues and subtle details
X
Your profile shows that you favor persuasive and participative methods for influencing and motivating other people. Issuing blunt orders and directives is definitely not your style, unless you believe that a directive approach is absolutely essential.

In addition, your profile also indicates that in communicating with others you are inclined to deal with a fairly high amount of detail and complexity. You like to get into the substance of issues at a relatively deep level, particularly when you making presentations or in formal, written communication. Only under pressure will you resort to fast and simple communications.

Your profile would fit well an organization that has a strong participative culture. Most important decisions would be made through consensus and dialogue in meetings. Influence would be based on persuasion, teamwork, and knowledge. Teams and task forces would be used frequently to get the work done.

Expectations and norms about communications and relationships in your ideal organization would favor in-depth, open discussions. Creative ideas would be shared in team settings, conflicts would be resolved via consensus, relationships would be informal, and mutually supportive.

Part 3: Your Career Motives

Expertise & Stability
Low
Importance
Moderate
Importance
High
Importance
X
Power & Achievement
Low
Importance
Moderate
Importance
High
Importance
X
Personal Growth & Creativity
Low
Importance
Moderate
Importance
High
Importance
X
Novelty & Independence
Low
Importance
moderate
Importance
High
Importance
X


Your career motives focus on achievement and influence, and on self-development and creativity. With these motives, an ideal career track for you would consist of a series of assignments in different functions. At each move, you would also move upward to a position of greater responsibility and authority. Over a period of years you would greatly expand your capabilities and acquire also a great deal of management skill and knowledge. You could think of this type of career path as that of a management generalist, whereby ultimately you could move into any kind of management position and excel.

Organizations and organizational cultures that would support your motives would have most or all of these key features: emphasis on moving laterally across many business areas to promote breadth of knowledge as the developmental path for people with high potential as executives; performance appraisals and training geared to develop broad, well-rounded skills in varied functions, and also emphasizing the development of management competencies; rewards based on breadth of skill and experience, creative accomplishments, and level in the management structure.
Alison Wheeler | Résumé