I once came across the idea of “Manager READMEs” and found it an effective way to explain your personality to co-workers. Since then GitHub has also included the ability to create Profile READMEs which is perhaps more tech oriented (who are you, what are you working on). The best example I’ve found (and the one I’m about to copy) is Conor Dewey’s User Manual. So below is my attempt at describing who I am and what I’m about.
- Observer (Insights Discovery), Introverted Thinking: Sets standards, product knowledge and analysis. Displays consistent, precise, organised and reserved behaviour. Likes logic, facts, understanding and objective.
- Completer Finisher, Implementer and Specialist (Belbin): Perfectionist, turns ideas into actions, organised, dedicated, provides knowledge and skills.
- Utilize experience: I learn by doing and I have so far done a lot, applying that experience in my work is what makes me effective.
- Methodical: I’m a list-maker, breaking things down to manageable tasks is what gets me to my goal (and keeps me sane).
- Collaboration: I like bouncing idea’s off others and being a soundboard. It helps me structure my thought process and hopefully provide others with a different perspective.
- Perseverence: Someone once told me solutions aren’t made they are found so all we have to do is keep looking.
- Goal-oriented: In situations where there is no clear goal I struggle to make progress. A tangible goal is what grounds me and provides me with direction.
- Naive: When it comes to data I don’t assume anything and ask about everything. I’m not as inquisitive when it comes to people and should definitely ask more questions.
- Introvert: I was raised to only speak when spoken to so if you’re wondering what I’m thinking just ask.
What I find important
- Honesty: I prefer to be told the truth (I can handle it) though I realise not everyone feels the same way.
- Humility: I would not be here without the help of others, recognising that makes working together that much more important
- Humour: Because I couldn’t find another word that started with an H.
- Sharing: Knowledge should lead to action, if not we’re just like a donkey who carries volumes of books.