Friday, May 06, 2011

The Ring Leader

Well, here is my DISC personality profile. I was checking out this site to find a short test to give some prospective employees and did the test to see what you get for free.  I believe I might get the full one, it's not that expensive. Anyway, I thought I'd share this with you. If you know me, let me know if you think this is like me. Click on the title of the blog to go to the website, do yours and let me know what yours is. You can even post it on Facebook if you're brave and courageous!

Kathie , as the  "Ring Leader " you have a powerful personality with the outgoing nature and drive to make things happen, even if the odds are stacked against you. Self-directed and self-motivated, you naturally gravitate towards leadership positions. People are likely drawn to your contagious enthusiasm and big personality, which paired with your strong determination can win others over to your objectives and point of view very quickly. You are naturally charismatic, persuasive, and relational. In times of pressure, you tend to be objective in your approach and direct in your communication, yet can remain diplomatic and sensitive to others. In times of low stress, however, you can mix business with pleasure and come alive in social situations. Naturally, optimistic, you seek out the possibilities in life, yet value stability and consistency.

Your creativity and ability to solve problems are some of your greatest strengths. This paired with your drive and vision allows you to create new opportunities, keeping your experiences fresh and exciting. Often bored by routines, you find daily tasks to be mundane and like to mix things up, preferring to develop new ideas rather than maintaining systems already in place. You are a bold person, whose character is marked by originality, expressiveness, generosity, and determination.

You are a natural born communicator and an adept social navigator. Where often others will sit by, you will engage new people or invite others in to make them feel at home. You may develop friends easily, exhibiting a high sense of loyalty and a desire for a positive group dynamic. With a talent for creative reasoning and big picture thinking, you can be a great innovator and are typically seen this way by others. Your energy and forward thinking can generate a team-oriented environment, helping you to accomplish your goals by motivating others, while creating an atmosphere that is fun and exciting.

Food for Thought

  •  Bored by routine, you may have a short attention span and change scenarios often. Challenges arise for you in time-management and with detailed tasks that involve a long commitment of time or repetitive activity.

  •  You are talkative and get excited about your ideas. In social situations, bring attention to whether you are focusing on what others are saying or on what you are going to say next.
  •   You may be short-tempered and lack patience with others when frustrated. In these times, your body language and tone can become acutely direct, which can be threatening or offensive to more passive styles. This is a common communication breakdown that can only improve through understanding and awareness. 
  •  Being a self-directed person, you do not like to be rushed or pressured. You probably prefer leadership roles and may have a difficult time with other's authority or rules.
  •  You have a strong need to be recognized for your accomplishments and actions and approved of by others. You may have a tendency to be generous with those around you, and will especially struggle in times of feeling taken advantage by others. 

  •  You are a big picture thinker and may not gather all the needed information before making decisions or moving forward on something you are excited about. Having a detail-oriented person who can gather information and support your visions with information will help you in achieving your goals.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Sweet Sorrow

All my bags are packed; I’m ready to go….well, not quite - and not on a jet plane. But, after 14 years in Maple Ridge, 17 years in Metro Vancouver, the Chiu family is moving.  Well, not quite the whole Chiu family – our three grown children, two son-in-laws and our eight grandchildren will stay here where they’ve made lives for themselves.  When Ed and I and our two youngest make our way east it will be the first time our family will be separated.

Ok, so let’s not talk about that right now….

This has been a long journey for us to this point. As Salvation Army officers we have always known that one day we would be moved to another appointment.  It’s just the way it goes. People retire, new officers are commissioned, ill health and other reasons force people to resign and appointments have to be filled.  So every year the grand shuffle takes place.  For 14 years we’ve managed to avoid being caught up in that shuffle.  We’ve had some very sensitive leaders that have listened carefully to us when family situations, poor health and aging parents dictated that it would be best to stay. We’ve been blessed to have these leaders and are very aware that this has been a tremendous privilege.

Our ministry here in Maple Ridge has also greatly benefited from us being here for so long.  When we arrived in 1997 there was a small, newly planted church that was struggling financially and only allowed to stay open I’m sure because of a lease agreement that was pretty expensive.  However, God had plans for The Salvation Army in Maple Ridge and today there is a thriving church and social ministry where people find salvation and new life every week.  

But now it’s time for a new adventure.  I’ve not been able to bring myself to write about this move even though I’ve known we were going to move for several months. Perhaps if I didn’t write about it, it wouldn’t happen.

I guess that didn’t work.  So I guess I’ll write now.