By Donna Dunning
Innovate and Initiate
Explorers are at their best when they can use their natural work preferences. By focusing on your preferences, you can find work that is personally satisfying. The following list describes typical characteristics and preferences of Explorers. Identify the items that are true for you so you can seek work that suits who you are.
As an Explorer, I am at my best when I can:
- Make connections between ideas and people
- Work on ideas that are ahead of their time
- Solve problems in creative ways
- Engage in a variety of activities and multiple tasks
- Act as a catalyst by generating enthusiasm in others
- Work when inspired
- Act independently, yet be connected to others
- Actively work at a fast pace when motivated
- Outwit, avoid, or ignore rules, and conventions
- Find freedom from unnecessary structure
- Focus on the future
- Improve processes
- Be flexible and adaptable
- Work with others in an open and exploratory environment
- Create change
- Brainstorm and create many options and possibilities
- Promote or communicate my vision
- Initiate and capitalize on new ideas and opportunities
- Move and act quickly without a lot of rules and limitations
- Start up new projects
To find out more about the Explorer, go to the Explorer main page.
To find a sample of type-preferred occupations go to the Explorer occupations page.
Not sure of your type? Learn more on the What’s Your Type pages.
Information on this page has been excerpted from What’s Your Type of Career? 2nd edition
Logical Explorers (ENTPs) tend to balance their innovating and initiating with a focus on improving systems and using logical analysis. If this is your preference, see the ENTPs at Work post for more information.
Compassionate Explorers (ENFPs) tend to balance their innovating and initiating with a focus on helping people develop and considering personal values. If this is your preference, see the ENFPs at Work post for more information.