So, do you think these items (in the poll) accurately describe me?
You are fun, spontaneous, clever and interesting. People like to be around you because of your easygoing nature.
You like to wake up each morning without a plan and see where the day takes you, hopefully on some safe but relatively exciting adventure.
You excel in composition. You know what looks good together, what sounds good together, and what smells or tastes go together. This comes from a higher than normal tuned in attention to slight variations in color, texture, tone, and flavor.
You like to see everyone living harmoniously and can get irritated by whoever is currently rocking the boat and causing problems.
When faced with a problem you are most likely to solve it in the most obvious way, not implementing cumbersome standard methods or finding what is “socially acceptable” first.
Most people you interact with do not really know you. This is partially because of your reserved nature (you don’t tell them much), partially because most other types are less reserved (they spend too much time talking and not enough asking about you), and partially because you accept people the way they are (you don’t feel much of a need to correct and evaluate others, so people don’t realize how you think differently).
In fact, you have more interest in expressing yourself physically, through song, dance, or actions, than verbally, and you may give up too quickly when someone asks for a verbal explanation of your thoughts.
You prefer hands-on practical work. You may tolerate other types of work, but you’re never happier than when you’re building, fixing or creating something you can see, touch, taste or hear. You prefer work which is not fixed to a procedure, but which may, at any time, take an entirely new direction if the impulse hits you.
As a parent or leader you are non-directive, preferring to see what happens on its own rather than lay down strict procedures and give orders. To you it is understood that any procedures developed by necessity today disappear tomorrow unless they are still absolutely required.
If you do become difficult or cranky it is usually a result of someone else trying to impose some rule or boundary upon you personally, although your discomfort is almost always short lived and relatively painless for all involved.
When you asked me to listen, I do. I may not always agree with what you're saying, but I'm always going to try to let you say it. It's not because I owe you, it's because I want to. I want you to know I support you. I want you to know I care, and the best way I know to show you that I care is to listen when you have something to say.
Don't worry that what you're saying is too petty, too stupid, too groundless, too whatever other adjectives you can come up with to devalue that very thing that I consider the most important thing in the world....I know you're waiting with baited breath to hear what the most valuable thing, bar none, no exceptions, is to me. I won't keep you in suspence any longer, it's you. You matter. You're important.
Your views. Your thoughts. Your needs. They matter.
Please stop listening to the voices in your head that lie to you and tell you that you have no right to feel that way. You can work to change those feelings if they don't accurately reflect the way you want to feel, but you shouldn't pretend they don't exist, and you should never think that I don't care or that I'm not interested. Even if I don't always seem to be processing on all 4 cylinders.
I know, bold words, ones I hope I can live up to.
I know it's not my meeting, and not my place to complain, but
STAY ON TOPIC!
There is a topic, and you should let it guide you!
Be the topic. Feel the topic.
After 3 days straight of FBSOP, the last thing I need is a poorly running meeting from people who know better.
On the other hand, look at all this great data we have on a problem we won't have to deal with for at least six months!* Yippee!!
*assuming we manage to iron out the problems that were in scope for the meeting and manage to roll that out.