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The Personality behind Decision Making - The Otter

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In motivating people, you’ve got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example- and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.”—Rupert Murdoch

Otters are one of the most viewed animals at any zoo. Kids love them because they are playful and fun to watch. According to Wikipedia Otters “appear to engage in various behaviors for sheer enjoyment, such as making waterslides and then sliding on them into the water” (Wikipedia.org, 2014). If you have ever been to your local zoo you may have seen this and thought what fun animals! As I continue my discussion on personality traits and how they can help or hinder how you manage risk or simply how you work with others; I will go over what makes up an Otter and how to work with them.

According to Dr. Gary Smalley and John Trent, PhD in their book called The Two Sides of Love: Using Personality Strengths to Greatly Improve Your Relationships (1990, p69-81) Otters are typically outgoing, warm, and friendly. People would describe them as talkative and enthusiastic. If you have ever sat with or next to someone who has trouble ordering from a menu and may say something like “surprise me”, that is an Otter. Otters are good communicators, passionate, and motivational so they need to be in an environment where they can talk and have a vote on major decisions. Otters almost always have a smile on their face and are fun-loving. They typically rarely think of problems and like to focus on the future. “Everything is going to be fine”, “lighten up”, or “don’t worry” are statements Otters typically make; this is the optimistic side of them.  Otters are typically the life of the party and have a strong desire to be liked by others and the being the center of attention. Otters are also great networkers. They are the ones that know a lot of people who know a lot of people!

Although Otters are fun and great at motivating others; Otters tend to be stylishly late and seems to miss the fine print. This may be due to them being more impulsive then other traits. Because of this Otters tend to make a lot of right decisions and a lot of wrong ones. Otters can be Ego-centric at times, unstable, and not detail-oriented. Because Otters tend to focus on the future they can have a tendency to rush to the next thing. When it comes to being faced with pressure or in tense situations, Otters can attack. Otters are also not big fans of confrontation. They actually avoid it at all costs so remember this when you are faced with a problem with an Otter. Who do you know that is an Otter? Maybe you have an Otter in your family, employees, customers, or neighbors? How do you typically get along and is there a way to work with Otters effectively? Here are some helpful tips to get you started and please follow up with more tips and how to’s at https://www.facebook.com/CattleHedgingTimes. If you are struggling within your business it could be due to personality differences. Ask me about my workshops?

TIPS: Otters want you to be stimulating and interesting so provide them with quality information on how that decision can enhance their status, increase their talent or uniqueness. If you are married to or have close friends, neighbors, employees, or customers that are Otters show that you are interested in them or what they have to say; remember they are people oriented.  Support their dreams, feelings, and opinions. Otters like to talk so be sociable and Lions, don’t’ hurry the conversation. Otters want a chance to verbalize and they don’t particularly like to argue. If you can, put it in writing and try to agree on the specifics.

Communicating Amongst the Animal Temperaments


How does this relate to Risk Management?  Just like with the Lion, the first letter in this series we talked about the strengths and weaknesses of each trait. Otters differ from Lions in that they like to talk and have fun almost always so if you have an Otter that you are working with; and you are an Otter most likely you have a lot of fun and laugh but rarely accomplish anything right away. If you are a Lion dealing with an Otter give them time to talk and remember they like to weigh in on decisions so don’t make them for them and they also tend to make a lot of quick decisions because they are impulsive, so don’t argue with them Lions as they don’t like this. Instead send them an email with your points and let them do what they do! Otters may find watching Tuesday @ 2:00 VIDEOS, from
http://www.cattlehedging.com/index.php/calendar/past_tues2/tuesday_200_webinar/ website so they can be stimulated and given time to deliberate on what was said before they make a decision. Otters can review recommended trades in the “TRADING ROOM” where they can call the broker making the recommendation and ask for further information about the trade.
Otters, I will have more tips for you coming so keep in touch and follow me on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/CattleHedgingTimes

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