Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. Here’s One from @FiveThirtyEight That Isn’t. Let’s See How Stakeholder Groups Compare.

vizualizeIf you’re a data nerd then you almost certainly know about FiveThirtyEight.com, statistician Nate Silver’s number-crunching hub of data goodness. Recently, they posted a personality quiz that purports to deliver results that produce quantifiably meaningful results.

In addition to taking the quiz as an individual, it’s designed to allow users to add their score to a predefined peer group.

To that end, I am all kinds of curious to see how each major stakeholder group shapes up so take a moment to self-identify and follow the corresponding link below to take the quiz.

After completing the quiz, you’ll see how your results stack up to the national average alongside those on file for your stakeholder group.

Tip: check back from time to time to see how the stakeholder group averages change as additional entries are logged.

If there are enough results recorded for each group, we’ll circle back at the beginning of February to look at the trends.

If you’re even remotely interested in knowing more about the propensity of each stakeholder group toward each of the “Big Five” personality traits, be sure to share with friends and colleagues. The more results, the better.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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