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Do you know your shape?

No, don’t worry. This is one blog NOT talking about your summer body shape. We’re talking geometry.

So what’s your shape? What seems like an arbitrary question may help you understand your role within a team.

Or so professional speaker Connie Podesta tells us, as she has been using her personality shapes self-awareness test to help professional groups become better teams for more than 25 years.

Scott, Alison and I recently attended a client event where Podesta was speaking. She asked us to choose between four shapes: a square, a circle, a triangle or a squiggly line. Each shape represented a different set of personality traits, which can help you determine your leadership, learning and interaction styles.

Here are our results…and our reactions!

Scott, Brittany, Rachel:

Squiggle

  • Creative
  • High energy
  • Easily distracted

“I think it’s the afternoon Mountain Dew that provides the energy!” –Scott

Abbie, Stephanie:

Triangle

  • Take charge and move fast
  • Bottom line/efficient
  • Love to debate and argue

 “Some of it is true, but I really wanted to be a star. That’s like five triangles…right?”- Stephanie

Alison:

Pointy, isosceles squiggle

  • Okay, Podesta didn’t really have this as an option …

“I’m not just one because I am bad at following other peoples’ rules! Bwahahahaha!”-Alison

You can find out the entire list of traits your shape says about you here. Podesta also provides links and references that someone of your shape would be interested in.

What do you think? Did the shape you select reflect or surprise you? Let us know in the comments below!

Stephanie Lough
Stephanie Lough
A former HMA Public Relations employee.

4 Comments

  1. Stacey Wacknov says:

    I don’t think anyone at HMA HQ will be shocked to find out that I’m a squiggle. What a fun exercise — and useful, too!

  2. To be fair – when I first took it right on front of Connie Podesta, I cheated and picked them all like a brat. So, this time out, I figured I would be less bratty and more difficult. Such a squiggle point, huh!?

  3. Absolutely no surprise. I always try to trick these things, just can’t do it.

  4. Glad to know that Stacey is a squiggle. I guess I’m a squiggly circle or a circular squiggle. I truly couldn’t decide which to choose, because they held equal appeal!

    What a fun experience to share–thank you! And Abbie, I’m grateful you’re in my life as we balance each other really well!!

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