‘Tis but a scratch

Another one from Janis. It’s a personality test with a twist.

Kingdomality: What is your medieval vocation personality?

Feel free to share your results in the comments. ;)

Here’s the intro:

any years ago there was a period of time that is often casually called “Medieval.” It was a time, so the story tellers tell us, of tiny kingdoms, brave knights and ferocious dragons.
ransportation and travel were both crude and difficult, usually necessitating that each kingdom be as self sufficient and self reliant as possible. Therefore it was very important that within each kingdom all the major crafts and professions of the day were ably represented to insure the survival of the kingdom. In the English language we still see remnants of some occupations in the familiar surnames such as Smith (as in the village smithy), Carpenter, Miller, and Baker to name just a few.
nterestingly enough, beyond the specific title the vocation also took on its own greater personality. This personality preference can also give a broader understanding of the basic complementary style and types necessary to the kingdom’s survival, or perhaps any organization’s success. Although the specific vocation influenced the name, it was no accident that certain personality types and styles gravitated to certain occupations. The personality of these jobs suited the inclinations of the job holders, and the predecessor to modern day job descriptions was born. The successful matching of a job-holder’s personality to the personality and unique requirements of the job was necessary to the kingdom’s survival, or perhaps any organization’s success. The successful kingdoms were able to blend the differences into a powerful and formidable entity.

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ven though we now appear to have the freedom to explore many different career alternatives, each of us still has a medieval vocational personality within us. This personality, properly identified and understood, can motivate our success but, if ignored, may set the stage for our ultimate failure.

Since times appeared to be simpler then, let us return to the kingdoms of medieval Europe and see what we would have done then, regardless of what our names are now…

AND…. ::drum roll::… Here’s mine:

“Your distinct personality, The Black Knight, might be found in most of the thriving kingdoms of the time. Your overriding goal is to win. You approach each task or situation as a contest to be won strategically and efficiently.

Because you can control your feelings, it is not unusual for you to charm, as well as successfully delegate tasks and responsibilities to the more emotional types. You are often concerned with what’s in it for you. You seldom involve yourself in activities where you can not foresee a reward for your investment or effort. On the positive side, you can be analytically empathic and logically persuasive. On the negative side, you may be unemotionally manipulative as well as impulsive. Interestingly, your preference is just as applicable in today’s corporate kingdoms.”

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3 responses

  1. That’s pretty awesome. Love to stumble on a Monty Python vid.

    June 22, 2007 at 5:01 pm

  2. Yeah! I was pretty excited to learn that I’m a Black Knight! LOL!

    June 22, 2007 at 5:17 pm

  3. Courtney

    For those who are interested or just want a good laugh…this is me.

    Your distinct personality, The Dreamer-Minstrel might be found in most of the thriving kingdoms of the time. You can always see the “Silver Lining” to every dark and dreary cloud. Look at the bright side is your motto and understanding why everything happens for the best is your goal. You are the positive optimist of the world who provides the hope for all humankind. There is nothing so terrible that you can not find some good within it. On the positive side, you are spontaneous, charismatic, idealistic and empathic. On the negative side, you may be a sentimental dreamer who is emotionally impractical. Interestingly, your preference is just as applicable in today’s corporate kingdoms.

    June 22, 2007 at 5:41 pm

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