The Advisor Report is designed to help you help your advisees as best as you can. We recommend also paying attention to your own assessment results, which can help you communicate more effectively with critical self-knowledge.
Who Am I?: A quick snapshot view into who a person is.
How to Talk to Me: Specific tips on how to better communicate and talk with this person.
Keys to Better Learning: How to help a student identify and leverage their keys to better learning.
Building Relationships & Networking: How to help a student maximize their strengths in building relationships and networking.
Reducing Stress & Building Resilience: Each person's unique style influences the way they are affected by stress.
Handling Conflict & Difficult People: This section highlights particular strategies, both effective and ineffective, that a person may rely on when faced with conflict.
Evaluating Career Options & Crafting a Career Plan: The career search process is not a one-size-fits-all proposition and therefore an important initial step for a person is finding an approach that works for them.
Start by telling about the vision and what Beth’s intellectual contribution to advance the vision is or could be. Present options.
Establish credibility quickly. Be convincing. Recognise theoretical knowledge and competence. Remember that focus on problem solving is important.
Talk about concepts and themes and clarify correlations and context. Avoid too many details unless Beth requests this.
Be future-oriented. Talk about the opportunities for strategic progress and improvement of the current structures – especially in the long run.
Acknowledge proposals about new and different ways of doing things. Try not to reject ideas too fast. Give autonomy. Ask open-ended questions.
Present exciting challenges to conquer. View questions and critique as a contribution to a better analysis and a better strategy. Be prepared to argue. Beth appreciates a good debate.
Be objective, systematic, logical, analytical and straightforward in your communication. Do not soften your message. Tell it like it is.
Appreciate Beth’s ability to think outside the box and challenge the existing notions. Acknowledge results and “intellectual mastery”.
Beth can address her limiting belief by taking a proactive approach. When taking part in a discussion, she can say:
Beth can show interest this way even if she feels out of place making casual conversation. She can also use other peoples’ responses as a basis for her next comments or to spur conversation.
A simple strategy that can help Beth be more confident in networking is for her to be ready to share some of her best qualities. Having prepared a quick, simple statement about what makes her special is a great help to both Beth and the person with whom she is trying to network. It adds clarity to the interaction and helps put people at greater ease.
Three adjectives likely to describe Beth well are:
Analytical, truth seeking and rational
Tell Beth that being able to identify and talk about her unique strengths is more meaningful and powerful than merely reciting from her resume or simply listing her skills. Encourage Beth to use these three words when asked to share something about herself, preparing examples from her own life to illustrate these characteristics.
Because networking is so often misunderstood, it’s important to demystify it. These activities will help Beth become more skillful at, and less intimidated by networking – challenging her assumptions and showing her how to apply what she has learned. Networking, by its very nature, is about doing. The two activities provide a starting place for Beth to develop, and hopefully enjoy, this highly useful practice – giving her a means to tap into resources she might not have realized she has.
Hiding behind the belief that "The only truth is a universal truth."
Believing there is a universal approach to conflict
Being exacting to the point of missing the real issue
Being unsettled by strong emotions