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The Transformation from Hero to Villain: When Exacting becomes Perfectionistic - Hero Habit #7: Consult the Owl

Posted by: Michael ‘Hahndo’ Hahn, Keynote Speaker & Author on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

You know that person in your office who is hyper organized and everything on their desk has it’s place? That person who is always prepared and on time…?

They’re that way because it provides a sense of certainty over their work and environment. Their decisions are paced and deliberate and are irritated by unpredictability and surprises. Seriously, don’t mess with their desk!

These folks don’t appreciate the “pop in” meeting or conversation. They would prefer an email or a ‘heads-up’ in advance, so they can formulate their thoughts before sharing their opinion. I’m going to give you some insights about them, so you don’t take their hero tendencies the wrong way.

These heroes want to be correct and like to be accurate. They think before speaking and prefer you to do the same. But, just like any hero, when they overuse their strengths, they shift from being careful to being skeptical and when pressure builds, they can fall silent and become perfectionistic fault-finders.

Let’s learn more about this hero… This hero is Exacting and Introspective. They appreciate their personal time and space. They have a realistic perspective on what can be achieved and how long a task or project should take. They are systematic problem solvers who clarify expectations before beginning their work.

They are the reality check for the team and tend to think through their ideas before speaking or asking questions. They are analytical and calculating, but when they succumb to stress or pressure, they shift from being the hero, ‘The Professor, and shift into being the villain ‘Doctor Doubtful’. The Doctor is a fault-finding sceptic who can feel formal, stuffy and cold!

While both The Professor and Doctor Doubtful seek the same objective, each go about achieving it differently. To understand them, you need to know their Hero Habit: “CONSULT THE OWL”. They are reflective, thoughtful and questioning. They seek their inner wisdom by slowing down and taking time to evaluate options. But while The Professor is thoughtful to be correct and precise, Doctor Doubtful is overly critical to deflect or avoid embarrassment and can be highly resistant to change.

Both hero and villain love having time to themselves and they dislike forced socialization.

Want to know what makes them tick? Here’s a quick summary:

The Professor is Exacting and Introspective
Hero Traits: Cautious, Curious, Deliberate and Precise
Decision-Making: Analytical
Communication: Calculating and/or Reserved
Leadership: Organizer and/or Observer
Approach to Change:Careful and/or Questioning
Best Environment: Respected with Personal Security
Pet Peeves: Mistakes, a Non-Factual Approach, Speaking Before Thinking and Forced Socialization
Worst Environment: Unstable, Unexpected Exposure and Constant Interaction

Each of us have natural tendencies and behaviors that allow us to either be a hero or a villain. Sometimes we can perceive others as villains because their habits are opposite to ours and other times people can be actual villains, because of: stress, frustration and overwhelm.

Today you have a choice, to be villain or to Be the Hero… Choose wisely!!!

Ready to BE THE HERO? For more information on Hero Habits, please visit www.MichaelHahnSpeaker.com.



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