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We’ve all identified at one point with being an underachiever or overachiever.  Some of us have even classified ourselves as one who “lives to work” or “works to live”. A new research study goes a little deeper than that. A study out of Yale analyzed 20,000 workers from 10 different countries including the USA. The conclusion was that there are 6 archetypes with both strengths and weaknesses. Which one are you?

 

  • The Operator

     

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    The Operator is traditionally the “work to live” type. They find meaning and self worth outside of their job. Not motivated by status, they usually don’t try and stand out amongst their coworkers. The prefer stability and routine and are generally friendly with their coworkers.

    Strengths include being a team player. Weaknesses include reactive versus proactive and easily disengaged.

  • The Giver

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    The Giver finds meaning in work that directly affects the life of others. Not typically motivated by money, they might choose occupations in the medical or education sectors. Their empathetic nature makes them a great team player with strong working relationships.

    Strengths : Selfless, trustworthy    Weaknesses: Impractical, Naive

  • The Artisan

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    Artisans seek out work that motivates or inspires them. They find value in being considered “experts” of their craft. Typically they are more interested in mastering their career than building friendships with peers along the way.

    Strengths: Thrive on being challenged and solving problems   Weaknesses: Can be flighty and lose sight of the main objective.

  • The Explorer

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    Explorers are free spirits. They live in the moment and seek opportunities for excitement and adventure. They typically don’t rely on their career to identify them, rather they might have multiple jobs in their adulthood. They would rather experience what life has to offer than hunker down and study their occupation to become the best at what they do.

     

    Strengths: Enthusiastic and open to any task   Weaknesses: Can lack conviction or direction

  • The Striver

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    Strivers have a strong desire to “become something”. Motivated by professional success and financial compensation, they plan ahead and take the “smart” path. Usually, the Striver is competitive in nature.

     

    Strengths: Disciplined   Weaknesses: Their competitive streak can jeopardize relationships.

  • The Pioneer

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    Pioneers are entrepreneurial by nature. They are on a mission to create something great and change the world. They are the most risk-tolerant and future-oriented of all the six archetypes. Their vision matters more than their working relationships. If you’re not on board, you’re in the way.

     

    Strengths: Infectious energy   Weaknesses: Sometimes unable to compromise