February 1, 2007
Hi! My name is Julia Styles. I have always been full of ideas and advice (just ask my little brother), but my professional idea generating skills were first noticed by my prior co-worker and current employer Darin Eich. We were co-coordinators for the Graduate Student Collaborative at the University of Wisconsin. Now I am happy to say that I have been generating ideas for Brain Reactions for more than a year.
I love thinking about how people work together, and how to put together a great team. That has lead me to be extremely interested in personality tests. I have taken many.
On the Personality Index I am a sail which means I am a leader and I like getting things started.
On the Myers-Briggs test I score an ENFP, which means I am extroverted, intuitive, feeling and perceiving. More or less it means I get energy from being around people; my decision making comes from my gut rather than weighing all the pros and cons; I like variety, challenges, and opportunities to learn; and I am emotional, personable, and talkative.
My favorite personality test of all is from “Now, Discover your Strengths” by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton. The authors have come up with 34 dominant themes or talents. The test determines what your five dominant talents are. This is a great book for anybody that wants to find out how to describe their strengths to others. You might even realize you have talents you never knew were useful. Anyway, my talents are in strategic planning, communication, ideation, activation and WOO (winning others over.) As I job hunt, these themes help me describe my talents in descriptive ways.
I realize that my identity goes beyond a test. So here are some other things you might like to know about me:
I love to travel and live abroad. I worked in the border-city of Juarez, Mexico for three summers. I studied at the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile. I attended a bible school in Amsterdam, Holland. I volunteered in Israel and Germany. I have also traveled to Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. My traveling inspired my degrees. I have a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature and a Masters in International Public Affairs. My dream job would be leading groups of Americans to foreign countries to volunteer.