Report Support - Article written by Torri Olanski
Have you ever felt like there was a disconnect between an individual’s Birkman Map and their Component scores? This is not unheard of, and it happens because while the Map looks at two dimensions of personality—Extroversion vs. Introversion and Task-Orientation vs. People-Orientation—the Components look deeper into and further beyond these preliminary concepts.
That’s the “technical” reason why you may find some seemingly contrasting information. However, the real question is how can you turn this into a true value add for your clients?
One way is by talking about the complexity of personality. Even though you may be a “Blue” on the Birkman Map, there are still many other pieces and layers that can be added to your Blue foundation. For example, prior to your next Birkman conversation, ask yourself what Component behaviors you may not expect based on the individual’s Diamond (Usual Behavior). By reflecting on this, you’re able to talk about the behaviors that are unique to their Blue personality, adding depth to the story of who they are.
For example, I am often told that I am an “Insistent Blue”. I happen to be a Candid Blue as well, due to my low Self-Consciousness.
Here are some unique traits of other Birkman Usual Behavior Colors:
A Thoughtful, Expressive Red.
An Assertive, Practical Blue.
An Independent, Suggesting Green.
A Flexible, Social Yellow.
Look at your Birkman Map—what behaviors add additional layers to your personality?