Hello! I’ve been in the workforce for almost 30 years. In that time I have lost count of the number of different jobs I have held. I have worked in New Zealand, in four different cities in Australia, and for a short time, in Japan. All of these jobs have had a strong administrative component, and most of them have been in an office environment.
I’ve undertaken University studies both as a younger person and as a mature age student, but most of what I’ve learned about office politics, human behaviour, and the workplace have come through personal experience.
In creating DotPointz in partnership with my sister Kaylene, our aim is to share some of these insights with you. We hope that by doing so it provides you with information and tools to either find a job, keep a job, or be more productive and settled in the job you have.
Whatever your personal situation may be we hope you will find something here that helps you.
All the very best,
Terry Anne Jones
Workplace Consultant and Mentor BA., BMedSc., BHlthSc.(Hons)
I was employed in a System Integration IT Project Management team in the consumer electronics industry; a job I relished. However, after a few years of service, I was given 7 days notice that I was being made redundant. This had an enormous impact on my mental and physical health.
If I could go back in time there would be a plethora of practical tips I would have offered my "depressed" self to help turn things around a lot sooner. If you are interested in learning about these tips, feel free to contact me.
Our aim at Dotpointz is to provide resources for those of you who may be needing a bit of guidance finding a job, changing jobs or perhaps wanting to know how to boost your professional brand.
Whatever situation you are in at work, we hope you find DotPointz helpful.
The sage values ideas above all else. However, they can sometimes become frustrated at not being able to know everything about the world. Sages are good listeners and often have the ability to make complicated ideas easy for others to understand.
Fear: being ignorant, or being perceived as stupid. Weakness: feeling unable to make a decision as never believe they have enough information. Goal: to use wisdom and intelligence to understand the world and teach others.
The magician is often very charismatic. They have a true belief in their ideas and desire to share them with others. They are able to see things in a completely different way to other personality types and can use these perceptions to bring transformative ideas and philosophies to the world.
Fear: unintended negative consequences. Weakness: becoming manipulative or egotistical. Talent: transforming people’s everyday experience of life. Goal: to understand the fundamental laws of the universe.
The lover seeks harmony in everything they do. They find it hard to deal with conflict and may find it difficult to stand up for their own ideas and beliefs in the face of more assertive types. Fear: feeling unwanted or unloved. Weakness: desire to please others at risk of losing own identity. Talent: passion, appreciation, and diplomacy. Goal: to be in a relationship with people, work and their environment.
The creator is born to bring something into being that does not yet exist. They hate to be passive consumers of anything. Creators are often artists or musicians though they can be found in almost any area of work. Fear: failing to create anything great. Weakness: perfectionism and creative blocks caused by fear of not being exceptional. Talent: creativity and imagination. Goal: to create things of enduring value.
When the rebel sees something in the world that isn’t working, they look to change it. Rebels like to do things differently. However, sometimes rebels can abandon perfectly good traditions just because they have a desire for reform. Rebels can be charismatic and easily encourage others to follow them in their pursuit of rebellion. Fear: to be powerless. Weakness: taking their rebellion too far and becoming obsessed by it. Talent: having outrageous ideas and inspiring others to join them. Goal: to overturn what isn’t working.
The ruler loves to be in control. They often have a clear vision of what will work in a given situation. They believe they know what is best for a group or community and can get frustrated if others don’t share their vision. However, they usually have the interests of others at heart even if occasionally their actions are misguided. Fear: chaos, being undermined or overthrown. Weakness: unable to delegate. Talent: responsibility, leadership. Goal: to create a prosperous, successful family or community.
The hero thrives on being strong and standing up for others. They may feel they have a destiny that they must accomplish. Heroes are courageous in their quest for justice and equality and will stand up to even the most powerful forces if they think they are wrong. Fear: being perceived as weak. Weakness: arrogance, always needing another battle to fight. Talent: competence and courage. Goal: to help others and protect the weak.
Those who identify with the innocent archetype are sometimes criticized for being naïve dreamers. However, their positive outlook and happy-go-lucky personalities can uplift others. The innocent always tries to see the good in the world and looks for the silver lining in every situation. Fear: being punished for doing something wrong. Weakness being too trusting of others. Talent: faith and open-mindedness. Goal: to be happy.
The orphan archetype represents those who are dependable, down to earth types. The orphan is always searching for belonging and may join many groups and communities to find a place where they fit in. Fear: to be left out. Weakness: can be a tad cynical. Talent: honest, pragmatic and realistic. Goal: to belong.
The jester loves to liven up a party with humour and tricks, however, they have a deep soul. They want to make others happy and can often use humour to change people’s perceptions. Sometimes, however, the jester uses humour to cover their pain. Fear: being perceived as boring by others. Weakness: hiding emotions beneath a humorous disguise. Talent: using humour for positive change. Goal: to lighten up the world and make others laugh.
The explorer is never happy unless experiencing new things. They may enjoy visiting different countries or they may be happy learning about new ideas and philosophies. However, they find it hard to settle down at one job or relationship for too long, unless the job or relationship lets them retain their freedom to explore. Fear: being forced to conform. Weakness: inability to stick at things. Talent: being true to their own desires. Goal: to experience as much of life as possible in one lifetime.
Those who identify with the caregiver archetypes are full of empathy and compassion. Unfortunately, others can exploit their good nature for their own ends. Caregivers must look after themselves and learn to say no to others’ demands. Fear: being considered selfish. Weakness: being exploited. Talent: compassion and generosity. Goal: to help others.