Who are you? What comes onto your radar easily, naturally, and comfortably? And what flies under your radar because it’s unimportant, “foreign,” or awkward for you? And most of all, what implications does all of this have?
Plenty! As I wrote about last week one popular way to answer these questions is through personality tests.
Personality tests can unlock the life you want to live
While there are definitely downsides to personality tests, when designed and used properly, they can be incredibly useful.
Ever since the day, decades ago, where I was happily writing out one of my beloved lists and my then-boyfriend/now-husband peered over my shoulder and said, “doesn’t that make your head hurt,” I’ve been hooked.
That experience led me to a lifelong fascination with how two people can experience the same exact event (enter lists!) so differently.
Working with our differences has never been so critical. Especially now, when, simultaneously, we’ve never been so close yet so far apart. Due to the wizardry of tech, we can reach out across the globe instantly (notwithstanding the digital divide). But at the same time, we’re riddled with misunderstandings, conflict, biases, and worse.
This has led me on an epic journey of helping clients gain outta sight insight with their teams by identifying their strengths, where they have blindspots and what to do about it.
Enter Life Lenses® – a personality test I designed decades ago and which thousands of people and hundreds of teams have now taken in order to shine the light on their strengths and illuminate where other perspectives, other lenses can help give ease, freedom, choices and build flexibility and resilience.
Life Lenses® is a different type of personality assessment.
For example, most personality tests stop after taking the test. But for me, that’s where the learning starts. Identifying where your comfort zone is and then learning to stretch is an incredible act of freedom. Specifically, this kind of outta sight insight can help you and your team increase your communication, conflict resolution, change management, collaboration, creativity, and intercultural skills.
The good news is that Life Lenses® can be used for a journey of self-discovery for you, your team, your family, and/or your friends. And when you learn about the types of Lenses that you haven’t self-assessed as it’s like getting a peek into a whole new universe. Enter choices, options, and ease.
Rather than adding to silos, hierarchies, competition, and being tightly prescriptive, as Merve Emre says in Persona, let’s use these tools to invest in community and in our collective needs.
And when we lift our heads up and take in the bigger picture, these tools can be part of the strategy to allow us to walk in the shoes of others, to have empathy, and seek social change while we dismantle stereotyping, conflict, sexism, racism, homophobia, and other isms.
And speaking of the big picture, Life Lenses® is designed to be a frame, not a box. Life Lenses® has been designed to add to your freedom, not constrict it.
Who can argue with that?!
Now go on and learn, laugh and lead
- Check out this funny clip I made where the Life Lenses® each offer their gratitude
- Interested to know your own Life Lenses® and/or those of your team? Find out more here. For the very first time, it’s available to be taken online. You and/or your team can take it and instantly get your results and a thorough report on how to use your insights. Enjoy!
P.S. Curious to know more about your worldview and perspective? Check out my Life Lense® online assessment.