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The Personality behind Decision Making - The Beaver

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Quote: ““I think it’s my personality to overcome things, learn from them and become stronger, both personally and professionally. To be honest, I welcome those hardships.”
Hope Solo

As our series on Personality behind Decision Making comes to a close we cannot forget our last personality trait; the Beaver!  We have learned about the Strong-Willed Lion, the Outgoing Otter, and the Dependable Golden Retriever. We have learned about their strengths, their weaknesses and how they manage risk. I hope that you have been able to think about how you manage risk and how your personality and those you work with may change how you work together to make decisions.

The Beaver according to Wikipedia is the second largest rodent in the world. Beavers are an amazing creature known for their natural trait of building dams as well as their own lodges. The English verb “to beaver” means to work hard and constantly.  Beavers also have the amazing ability to build canals to float their building materials across large areas of land where it is too difficult to carry. Beavers are known for their alarm signal. When danger approaches the beaver will sound so their beaver friends can find safety quickly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaver). Socially and familiarly Beavers stick together. They work and help each other and typically do not move far away from their beaver families.

So how does the Beaver relate to The Personality behind Decision Making and how do Beaver personalities make decisions? As we have gone through this series we learned that the Lion is motivated by results, loves challenge, and can be quite impulsive when it comes to making decisions.  Our friendly Otters are motivated by recognition and approval of others and tend to make fast and intuitive calls when making decisions. The desire for building relationships while focusing on the present is a main trait of the Golden Retriever; one who tends to make decisions slowly and often wants input from others. If you have more of a Beaver personality; the desire to be right is how you are motivated. You tend to have a greater need to maintain quality and work slowly to make sure whatever task is at hand it is done accurately. For this reason Beavers are great at providing quality control in an office as they have this strong need to do things right and by the book.  Beavers avoid making decisions and like the Golden Retriever like to get input and information from others before making a decision. When it comes to tense situations, Beavers avoid this all together. Beavers also avoid deadlines so they may just have trouble getting out of losing trades or bad decisions.  Rules and consistency beaver’s love, so following a discipline plan of Risk Management outlined within a Hedge Policy would be easier for the beaver.

Who do you know that you would describe as analytical, self- disciplined, organized, and detail oriented? Such strengths of a beaver make them great at not only following directions but actually reading instructions; something that the friendly Otter doesn’t exactly like to do so this duo can be quite fun together. I myself definitely have Beaver traits in me while my husband is a quite strong Otter. When it comes to building anything; a piece of furniture I grab the instruction booklet as he has already tore open the box and has gotten half of it put together to realize he did it wrong or realized that it does not quite look like the picture. So… I end up starting over and following step by step instructions. It may take me hours but that thing is put together while my husband is already on to something else.  Gary Smalley and John Trent, who we have been referring to in this series for their research and work on the 4 personality traits; discuss how Beavers like to make careful decisions as well as using their critical skills to problem solve. Beavers also have the strong need to “do things the right way” so doing things right with precision and accuracy is important to them.  It seems to me that having a Beaver personality in a business such as risk management would be a good thing? While the Lion may define the Strategies, Disciplines and Triggers for their Hedge Policy the Beaver would be best to follow through with the execution!

As we conclude this series on the personality of decision making please look for our video soon of this series LIVE from the Ontario Cattle Feeders Convention last October 2013, where Larry Hicks (my dad) and I discussed in depth each trait and how it relates to Risk Management in Cattle Feeding.

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