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Identifying Your Drivers

What are Drivers?

If you found our download guide on Kahler’s Five Drivers interesting, you might also want to consider your personal drivers.  We’ve put together this simple questionnaire to help you identify which of the five driver types you naturally have a preference for.  Or more likely, which blend of drivers you have.

This is not a researched or validated questionnaire, more a bit of fun for you to consider your strongest drivers – and the pros and cons of each one.

Answer the following questions by indicating Yes, No or Occasionally next to the question, we’ll do some maths and give you your results.

Do you hide or control your feelings?
Do you do things (especially for others) that you don’t really want to?
Do you hate ‘giving up’ or ‘giving in’, always hoping that ‘this time it will work’?
Is it important for you to be RIGHT?
Are you fairly easily persuaded?
Do you dislike being different?
Do you hate to be interrupted?
Do you tend to compare yourself with others and feel inferior or superior accordingly?
Do you like to explain things in detail and precisely?
Do you tend to talk at the same time as others, or finish their sentences for them?
Do you have a tendency not to realise how tired, or hungry you feel, but instead ‘keep going’?
Do you have a tendency to be the rebel or the odd one out in a group?
Do you dislike conflict?
Do you find yourself going round in circles with a problem feeling stuck but unable to let go of it?
Would you describe yourself as ‘quick’ & find yourself getting impatient with others?
Do you prefer to do things on your own?
Do you feel discomforted (e.g. annoyed, irritated) by small messes or discrepancies?
Do you set unrealistic time limits?
Do you like to ‘get on with the job’ rather than talk about it?
Are you reluctant to ask for help?
Do you have a tendency to put yourself (or find yourself) in the position of being depended upon?
Do you set yourself high standards and then criticize yourself for failing to meet them?
Do you have a tendency to do a lot of things simultaneously?
Is it important for you to be LIKED?
Do you have a tendency to start things and not finish them?

Be Perfect
Be Perfect people draw energy from doing the ‘right’ things. We aim for perfection in everything, check carefully,
produce accurate work and set high standards. The drawback to this driver is sometimes we miss deadlines because
we are still checking our work. We tend to have a weak sense of priorities and insist everything is done perfectly.

Please Others
This working style means we are nice to have around because we are so understanding. We use intuition a lot and
will notice body language and other signals that others may overlook. The drawbacks to this are serious, we avoid
the slightest risk of upsetting someone. We may be so cautious with criticism that our information is ignored.
Hurry Up
People with Hurry Up styles like to do everything as quickly as they can, which means we get a lot done. We are
energised by having deadlines to meet, and always seem able to fit in extra tasks. However, give us time to spare
and we delay starting until the job becomes urgent. This can backfire because in our haste we make mistakes.
Be Strong
Be Strong individuals have the ability to stay calm in any circumstance. We are driven by the need to cope with
crises, difficult people, and will work steadily through any workload. However, our desire to have everything under
control means we can come across as aloof and may not always ask for help.
Try Hard
Try Hard people are enthusiastic, we get involved in lots of different activities, and tend to volunteer for things. We
are energised by having something new to try. But sometimes we turn small jobs into major projects because we
want to chase every possibility. We may even become bored with the detailed work that follows, even to the point
of leaving work undone so we can move on to a new, exciting activity.