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Just like the cast of a movie, an effective workplace is comprised of various characters, each with their own specific personalities and attributes that help enhance the story and make it memorable.

A varied selection of people within your workplace can help inspire, direct, encourage, and push each other in directions that a singularly minded team may miss out on. 

Like the man behind the heist, Danny Ocean (Ocean’s Eleven, 2001), organisers are focussed, task orientated, and able to rally the troops to get the job done. They see the bigger picture, and know each members role within the team.

Dedicated and determined, Doers like Erin Brockovich (Erin Brockovich, 2000) put their heads down and tear into projects with an insatiable fervour until the goal is accomplished. When the going gets tough, the Doers get down and dirty.

When things look their most dire, Encouragers like Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986) are there to pick the team up and raise spirits so everyone can re-focus on the task, and reach goals with a smile.

Quirks constantly conjure up imaginative ‘what if’ situations. They dream big and picture the project with all sorts of fanciful bells and whistles. As with Amelie (Amelie, 2001), Quirks inspire those around them to step outside of their comfort zone and try something new and different that they may not have otherwise thought of.

With Statisticians like Peter Brand (Moneyball, 2011), they are focussed on numbers, results, and efficiency. They know that the path to success is uncovered by discovering the secrets hidden within the data, and they have the skills to crack the code contained within the numbers.

Mr (or Ms) Fix-Its are able to assess the situation and see where cracks are likely to appear. And just like Doc Brown (Back to the Future, 1985), they have the know-how to patch up the problems and keep the team and the project harmonious.

Can you recognise your co-workers as any of these personality types? 

Which category do you think you fall into?

If you'd like to find out more about your own personality, you can take OCA's FREE online Personality Test, and have the in-depth results emailed directly to you.

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