These two aren't totally oil and water - surprisingly, the Advocate and the Mastermind share a similar thinking style and shared laid-back stability. However, the Mastermind's fast-paced, cutthroat approach will not appeal to the steady, compassionate Advocate, and vice-versa. Likely to conflict over ethical issues if they arise, these two are likely to keep each other at arm's length.
ATTENTION Drill Sergeant! You’re an assertive, hard-driving and outspoken leader. Although you have strong people skills and love a good, intelligent conversation, You’re not the nurturing type – You’re more concerned with results than you are with coddling. You don’t suffer fools kindly and have little patience for cluelessness and incompetence. Your organizational skills and efficiency rival Martha Stewart’s … as does your lack of emotion. Nonetheless, your drive and determination inspires those around you to be successful … as does your office full of motivational posters.
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Like every personality type, your archetype has some weaknesses, but being aware of these weaknesses and learning to overcome them can help you further your career – and even your personal life! For this reason, we’ve compiled career tips for your unique personality type. While these unique traits are what make you who you are (and we’d never suggest changing your unique personality type!) you should be aware of these traits to ensure that they aren’t holding you back in your career. As a Mastermind, you’re very goal-oriented and driven and have little patience for inefficiency, incompetence and laziness. Therefore, others occasionally perceive you to be dominant, arrogant, insensitive, overly-critical, authoritative and demanding. At times you may forget the importance sharing responsibilities rather than taking the reigns and dominating projects, which may cause tension with your colleagues.
As a Mastermind, you flourish in a structured environment where you’re able to take the lead. You enjoy prioritizing and reaching goals and wouldn’t do well in a position that requires you to complete mundane, routine tasks. You’ll do best in leadership roles where you’re able to take the reigns. Your ideal jobs are those that utilize these skills such as executive, judge, business administrator, corporate strategist or entrepreneur.
The results-oriented Mastermind is much more concerned with the bigger picture than they are with chit-chat and talking things over. With little patience for emotion, cluelessness and incompetence, any communication with the Mastermind should be succinct, factual and to-the-point. When communicating with this type, be polite and respectful yet assertive and firm.
DoBe aware that they may not always be what they seem!
Don’tTell them too much personal information unless you know them well – keep it professional.
The Mastermind will never be the nurturing type – they’re much more concerned with results than they are with coddling and have little patience for emotion, cluelessness and incompetence. For this reason, approaching conflict with the Mastermind may be downright terrifying for some archetypes! If you find yourself butting heads with a Mastermind, don’t show too much emotion – instead, be assertive and firm. Above all, hold your ground – don’t let yourself be bullied or manipulated.
DoAppeal to their work ethic, ex: ‘If we do X, we’ll see increased productivity…’
Don’tAssume that ‘what you see is what you get’ – they are good actors.
These two are quite different - and as social animals, the Caretaker and Mastermind aren't likely to bite their tongues when it comes to their differences. Being less worried about feelings, the Mastermind is likely to win any debate unless the Caretaker holds his or her own very tenaciously! These two are likely to clash.
Ruh-roh - this pairing spells trouble! Differing hugely in almost every way, the Mastermind and Dreamer are unlikely to enjoy working together. When the stoic Mastermind goes head-to-head with the emotionally-driven Dreamer, frustration and mutual misunderstanding is the name of the game - and nobody's a winner here!
The Go-Getter's diplomatic style will likely conflict with the Mastermind's disdain for coddling. Nonetheless, these two are both driven, hard workers and will probably work well as equal members of a team.
Could you picture a stern drill sergeant and a soft-hearted humanitarian getting along well? Neither can we. The Humanitarian's warm-hearted ways will likely turn off the Mastermind, and with the Mastermind's disdain for coddling, the Humanitarian won't receive the support s/he needs. Although these two share a strong emotional stability, this is not a good match!
Like oil and water, the Idealist and Mastermind simply won't get along. These two are bound to disagree on everything from ethics to work ethic. They could learn something from each other's perspective if they could stop arguing long enough - which isn't likely! The Mastermind will see the Idealist as a plodding, oversensitive philosopher, while the Idealist perceives the Mastermind as too focused on their pursuit of personal success.
The highly curious Inventor and the driven Mastermind aren't likely to mesh terribly well. The Inventor is apt to dislike the Mastermind's disinterest in abstract ideas, while the Mastermind may find the Inventor flaky and unambitious. Nonetheless, these two won't be battling each other anytime soon - they won't see each other as competition!
The Mastermind is not just authoritative, but also extremely driven. When you put these two together, this may result in conflict if they are both seeking to be the dominant party. This conflict is likely to be subtle rather than openly aggressive, more political in nature as each tries to top the other.
Ready to take on the world, this driven duo share many values, differing only in their thinking styles. The creative, open-minded Maverick wants to try everything, whereas the single-minded Mastermind feels that 'everything' presents far too many distractions. Nonetheless, these two will get along just fine!
While these two share a rock solid work ethic and similar thinking style, the Protector and Mastermind have little else in common. The Mastermind will dislike the Protector's love of the warm and fuzzy, whereas the Protector may find the Mastermind to be cold and emotionless. There is potential here - but they'll need a suitable peacekeeper.
At first glance, you wouldn't expect the Rock and Mastermind to have much in common. However, this highly-stable duo shares a love of hard work, practicality and competence. As a team, this duo would be most effective (read: unstoppable) if the Rock works in a role that supports the Mastermind.
Despite the Mastermind's logic, practicality and cool-as-a-cucumber attitude and the Socialite's outgoing, emotional and exuberant approach to life, these two have more in common than most realize. Because of this, these two will understand respect each other despite their differences. Who knows - this pair might balance each other out perfectly!
A pair of goal-driven natural born leaders, the Straight Shooter and Mastermind are very similar in core values, social and thinking styles, although the Mastermind may be a little more enterprising. As both personalities enjoy being in charge, this could lead to conflict and jealousy despite their similarities. However, give these two a common goal (or common enemy!) and these they'll rise to the top together.
This driven duo both possess a shared stability and similar core values and goals (duh, WINNING!) Despite these similarities, the Mastermind and Strategist both tackle problem-solving quite differently. If the practical, focused Mastermind is willing to loosen the reins and let the Strategist tackle idea-generation, this pair will get along just fine.
These two share a dynamic approach, and a stable, practical nature. While the Mastermind will appreciate the Technician's undying competence, the Technician is likely to be put off by the Mastermind's lack of empathy and ruthlessness. Not a match made in cubicle heaven!
Assertive and independent, the Mastermind and Visionary are both quite driven and motivated by their ambitions. The Visionary's creative problem-solving has the potential to complement the Mastermind's firmly logical approach, making their joint ideas both innovative and practical. These two could make a dream team, bringing very different skills to the table.