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July 22, 2009

What I Learned From My Summer Job

Two weeks ago I left my summer job. As I walked out the door, one of the PTs I worked for told me that I've learned more from this experience than I'll realize for a while. I felt kind of puzzled. I went into the job knowing how to wipe down platforms and do laundry. Sure, I reacquainted myself with customer interaction and reinforced my classroom knowledge of e-stim and ultrasound application.

But I did learn something about the kind of worker that I am. Or, maybe I relearned what I already knew about myself in a new way. I'm a hard worker. I don't like standing around because I was raised on the old maxim "if you can lean, you can clean." When I was at the clinic, the place was neat and tidy with fresh linens and a look that said "we were ready for our next patient."

I also realized that I'm the kind of worker who likes to take ownership of their job. Give me a task with clear expectations about how you want it done and the expected outcome, then leave me alone. I'll get it done. I don't like to be micromanaged. Give me frequent, genuine, non-critical feedback, and help remind me of details that I may be missing. I'm a nurturer, and am naturally protective of people I care about.

Of course, these attributes are some of what made me a success in owning my own business. Part of my success must be credited to the person I joked was my "not so silent partner," my husband. In many ways he helped keep me on track regarding business details such as keeping my spending down acting as a sounding board when problems arose.

If you'd like more information about your working personality, communication style, motivators, leadership style, I like Don Lowry’s True Colors model.

Playfully illustrated, this fun, easy guide for identifying personality styles provides insights as to why people behave as they do. Lighthearted anecdotes convey concepts in “real life” situations, offering immediately useful methods for resolving conflicts, opening lines of communication, and enhancing personal effectiveness.

I'm a blue personality with a healthy dose of gold.

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Posted by linda at July 22, 2009 8:41 AM

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