Basics: Resources

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Excerpts from Indigo's student book Assessing Your Genius 101:

Quick Reference Guides:

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AESTHETIC: Desire for form, harmony, balance, or beauty.

INDIVIDUALISTIC: Desire for independence, visibility, rank, or power.

SOCIAL: Desire to help others or solve society’s problems.

THEORETICAL: Desire to learn for the sake of knowledge.

TRADITIONAL: Desire to live by a personal set of principles, standards, or beliefs.

UTILITARIAN: Desire for a return on investment of time, energy, or money.


DOMINANCE: Dom / “D” How you respond to problems.

  • High D: Direct, blunt, results-oriented, OK with conflict, like challenge/competition
  • Low D: Deliberate, thoughtful, prefer peaceful, collaborative settings

INFLUENCING: Inf / “I” How you respond to people.

  • High I: Expressive, friendly, talkative, enthusiastic, like to be around people
  • Low I: Reflective, observant, quiet-thinker, focused, reserved

STEADINESS: Ste / “S” How you respond to pace.

  • High S: Loyal, patient, understanding/supportive of others, like consistency/planning
  • Low S: Adaptable, flexible, active, spontaneous, impromptu, like variety

COMPLIANCE: Com / “C” How you respond to process.

  • High C: Logical, cautious, attentive to details, like step-by-step processes
  • Low C: Independent, efficient, big-picture thinker, risk-taker, innovative


ANALYTICAL PROBLEM SOLVING: Analyzing, diagnosing, and resolving problems.

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT: Addressing and resolving conflicts for positive outcomes.

CONTINUOUS LEARNING: Taking initiative in learning new concepts and methods.

CREATIVITY/INNOVATION: Ability to formulate new approaches, ideas, concepts, and methods.

DECISION MAKING: Utilizing effective processes to make decisions.

DIPLOMACY & TACT: Effectively handling difficult or sensitive situations concerning others.

EMPATHY: Identifying with and caring about others.

FLEXIBILITY: Ability to adapt to changes.

FUTURISTIC THINKING: Imagining, envisioning or predicting what has not yet been realized.

GOAL ORIENTATION: Focusing efforts on meeting a goal, mission or objective.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Effectively communicating, building rapport, and relating well to all kinds of people.

LEADERSHIP: Achieving extraordinary results through people.

MANAGEMENT: Achieving excellent results through effective use of resources, processes, and people.

MENTORING/COACHING: Guiding and supporting the growth of others.

NEGOTIATION: Ability to bargain effectively and facilitate agreements.

PEOPLE ADVOCACY: Understanding, defending, and supporting other people’s needs and expectations.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Taking initiative and responsibility for personal actions.

PERSUASION: Ability to convince others to change the way they think, believe, or act.

PLANNING/ORGANIZING: Using orderly procedures to meet objectives.

PRESENTING: Communicating effectively to groups.

TEAMWORK: Working effectively and productively with others.

TIME AND PRIORITY MANAGEMENT: Ability to manage time and priorities, maintaining self-control.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: Writing clearly and getting thoughts across effectively.

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