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Analyse This March 13, 2010

Posted by Audit Monkey in The Joy & Pain of Internal Audit, Working Life in Britain.

Time to pinch an idea back from a fellow blogger in Cyberspace, seeing he pinched one of mine. ‘IT Audit Security’ has stumbled across a web tool Typealyzer which analyses blogs and their authors into Myers Briggs personality types. For those in the dark, Myers Briggs is psychometric assessment to determine peoples’ preferences. The ‘HR’ community love it as people can be pigeonholed into categories and earmarked for certain roles.

I’m slightly sceptical about psychometric profiling as it is often possible to skew the results and it is difficult to predict peoples’ behaviour in different situations. For example, often the weakest soldiers in training metamorphose into Rambo-esque type characters on the battlefield as it is a real ‘fight or flight’ situation.

Anyway, I’ve put the blog title through the box and here are the results:

Audit Monkey is a ‘ESTJ’ – The Guardians

The blurb: “The organizing and efficient type. They are especially attuned to setting goals and managing available resources to get the job done. Once they have made up their mind on something, it can be quite difficult to convince otherwise. They listen to hard facts and can have a hard time accepting new or innovative ways of doing things. The Guardians are often happy working in highly structured work environments where everyone knows the rules of the job. They respect authority and are loyal team players”.

I’ve actually done Myers Briggs before but I can’t what I came out as! It may have been INTJ. However, in the main I would agree with the analysis. A couple of points. I don’t mind accepting ‘new or innovative ways of doing things’ but I do object change for the sake of change especially where ‘colleagues’ are ‘brimming with ideas’ simply to curry favour with superiors. Guardians are ‘often happy working in highly structured work environments’. To an extent, yes but one of my issues with my current role is that it is overly structured and doesn’t seem to allow much flexibility or independent thought, which I thought auditing is supposed to be about.


1. itauditsecurity - March 13, 2010

Steal ideas from me any time. I actually stole the idea from tycoonblogger, who has great tips about blogging. I’ve learned a lot from him.

And you.

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