The article asks, “Are there six traits that could really mark out your potential to achieve?” I won’t detail them here; best to read the full article, which I found well-worth the time.
Key take-away: For a good many years the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) has been more or less the norm. Now there’s a new contender, the High Potential Trait Inventory (HPTI), based around six key traits.
Here’s the article: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180508-the-secrets-of-the-high-potential-personality
Here’s the link to the BBC story: Secrets of the high-potential personality
If you're thinking of going into sales, if you're already in sales, if you don't know what you want to be when you grow up (no matter your present age!) there's a top-rank article you need to read in the magazine FAST COMPANY.
It's "Why smart people should go into sales," by Andrew Yong, and among his accomplishments include authorship of the book, SMART PEOPLE SHOULD BUILD THINGS.
I'll leave the article to you, but add that "selling" is not just selling products or services, but it's also persuading, reading body language and other buying signals, pulling out objections and hesitations, presenting concepts, learning to find and fill needs (needs that often the other person isn't really aware of, so part of "selling" is showing the need and how you can best fill it). All of these abilities pay off many times over if you move from sales per-se to management, customer service — even to setting up your own business and marketing your skills, perhaps as part of career reinvention, or electing for self-employment as your new career option.
Link to article in Fast Company
As factors in your career success, it's not just how competent you are, and it's not just about the words you say: no less important are the non-verbal messages you send . . . and read in others. I cover some of this in my books, but let me recommend "How 'Power Poses' Can Help Your Career"– an excellent article with accompanying video from the Wall Street Journal.
The article is not–as you might suspect–about being a phony poseur, but rather about how to pay attention to the body-language and other non-verbal messages you are sending . . . and receiving.
Continue reading “How ‘Power Poses’ Can Help Your Career”–career tips from the Wall Street Journal