Ever get the feeling that something is just not right? Your thinking is restricted, not the right fit - does that sound familiar? You are not alone; thousands of people feel the same way. We all are unique with different values, thinking, personality and work styles. As you are well aware, knowledge is power, and self awareness is a crucial element to overcoming the obstacles life puts in our paths. Becoming aware of your uniqueness can give you a deeper understanding of what is going on with you internally (personally) and externally (environmentally). This self knowledge can lead you to a position to make changes and alter your perspective on the challenges that you face.

Highlighting your strengths

Learn more about yourself, understanding where you fit in the framework that describes your personality differences in positive and constructive ways

• Appreciate important differences between people, and understand how different types can work together in a complementary way

• Value diversity

• Improve working relationships

• Develop your own leadership style

• Improve communication

• Improve problem solving

• Help manage change

• Mutual Usefulness of Opposite Types

 

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~ Confucius

 

Going back to the analogy of the square peg in a round hole, many people are unhappy in their role as they can be working against their natural preferences. By working in this manner one utilizes a lot of energy and this can cause stress and unhappiness. Working in a manner that is your natural preference and adapting to your role will bring fulfilment. By learning how people interact with you in a team, a team’s performance can be increased and energy of the workplace can improve. I changed careers and was involved in many start-up companies during the boom period. I found myself deeply unhappy yet moderately successful in each job. I learnt that to be fulfilled by a job or business, you must be passionate about it. We spend an average total of 19 years and 8 months of our lifetime working. That’s a long time. So how do we make the most of it? Do we choose a career or business that will pay the bills or do we choose something that fulfils us? We all have a choice. You may choose to stay in your job because it is safe and you have responsibilities. A quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet goes “To thy own self be true”. We all have a natural preference to do something. Some people like to work on their own, others like to work in groups. Some people like making big plans, while other love small details. If you are going to spend nearly 20 years of your lifetime doing something, what will you spend it on? Are you going to drag yourself out of bed every morning or are you going to choose to be fulfilled? Will you be true to yourself?

Using the right tool for the right job.

My father was an electrician, and he always used to say that every tool had its own purpose. Using the right tool ensures you can achieve your results faster, efficiently and more smoothly. I use psychometrics as a tool to highlight people’s strengths and development needs. When I use the terms ‘psychometrics’, people immediately say: “PSYCHO – what”? Some people are frightened by the stigma of the term ‘psycho’, yet all the term ‘psychometric testing’ means is to measure or assess knowledge, abilities, attitudes, personality traits, and education. I use many tools and below is a sample of some of them: MBTI – (Myer Briggs Type Indicator) MBTI is a multiple-choice personality questionnaire that looks at how a person perceives the world and how they prefer to interact with others.

The MBTI framework helps people improve their working and personal relationships in a positive and constructive way.

• Prefer to get and focus your energy / attention

• What kind of information you prefer to gather and trust

• What process you prefer when it comes to decisions

• Your lifestyle approach

 

Other personality assessments can assess

• Interpersonal Styles

• Thinking Styles

• Coping Styles

• Team Roles

• Leadership Styles

• Subordinate Styles

• Influencing Styles

• Career Preferences

• Potential Strengths

• Potential Development Needs

As a registered member of the British Psychological Society, I deliver the testing and provide constructive feedback. I also use coaching as an additional support for people to create sustained change.Coaching provides the ideal platform to improve organisational performance and maximise individual potential. I create a safe environment to raise awareness and explore opportunities for growth and facilitate change. My coaching style is based on transactional analysis which is a client centred approach that is forward focused and solution orientated. Desired outcomes are mutually identified and agreed in advance, which then places the client in a position of empowerment to take action. The actual coaching process is a conversation of moving the client to gain personal insight and be responsible to focus on goals set.

About William

YellowWood was established by Galway man William Corless to improve the performance of their organisation and optimise individual potential. YellowWood provides clients with a 360 approach through coaching, training and business solutions. A key benefit of YellowWood’s coaching and training services is the long term value offered to organisations from more effective time management, improved decision making, clarity on strategic direction and improved dealings with staff and stakeholders. William Corless brings to YellowWood over fifteen years’ experience in general management, technical sales, customer service and marketing. Corless was previously Operations Manager of SpunOut.ie (National Youth Organisation) and a key player in the growth and development of the organisation. Other positions included Operations Manager of Cahergowan Developments (Hotel, Retail and Property) and General Manager Goldfish Electronics (Import and distribution of custom electronic components from Far East) A lifelong learner, he has a broad education in a variety of disciplines: Electronic Engineering, Diploma in Business (Specializing in Supply Chain), Counselling, Coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Training and Psychometrics (Leadership, Team and Career Development). William is a mentor for the Executive MBA in NUI Galway, Coaching Development and Galway Enterprise Board. William is currently the Director of Operations and Finance for the National Board of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He is also a regular contributor to print and broadcast media and has addressed the National Forum on Resilience in Áras an Uachtaráin.