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July 9, 2009

Your total score for each section shows how well you’re doing in that area. Answer each question with a number from 1 to 4:

  1. Right on the nose
  2. I’m like this
  3. Sometimes I’m like this
  4. This isn’t me

People Skills

  • Others say I’m a real “people person”.
  • I spend some part of each day making small talk with co-workers.
  • I know most of my co-workers socially, not just professionally.
  • I have good work relationships, so I succeed where others don’t.
  • I don’t need everyone to like me

People total:


  • When I share my ideas, people pay attention and later use them.
  • I think that how you say something is just as important as what you say.
  • I think before I talk to make sure my comments are presented in the best light possible.
  • I try to buy what “fits in” at my workplace.
  • People tell me I’m a good public speaker.

Image total:

Working with Authority

  • When I have a logical reason for it, I don’t mind expressing an opinion that is different from management’s.
  • I tell managers if I think they’re making a decision that might hurt the company.
  • I can independently assess management’s decisions and offer a different opinion when it’s appropriate.
  • *When my boss asks what I think, I tell the truth.
  • I think it’s more important to be honest with bosses than to say something that will keep me on their good side.

Boss relations total:


  • I’m even-tempered.
  • I act assertively at work.
  • I have my own definite opinions, but I’ll listen to what others have to say.
  • One of my greatest strengths is diplomacy.
  • When I don’t like the message, I hardly ever shoot the messenger.

Personality total:

On the fast track?

Your total score for each section tells you how well you’re doing in that particular area.
Total your score for each section, then rate yourself:

5-8:You’re still moving on up.
9-13:You need to do some fine-tuning
14-17:The brass ring is getting out of your reach. Do a self-assessment and try to expand your skills.
18-20:You’re seriously derailed. Get help with getting back in career mode.