Bijoy talks about being one type of person in the Bootstrap U videos (http://www.youtube.com/user/bootstrapu). Either a Maven, Evangelist or Relater. Do you feel you can be 2 or 3 types or just one?
Yes, I believe it is entirely possible. Then again, the argument against it is that someone cannot do so.
Thanks for the reply!
On the one hand, I may well have alot to learn. However, to establish a "rule" that someone cannot be or play multiple roles, I don't believe is realistic. At least not at the beginning of a company's existence or when funds are sparse.
I have to agree with this assessment.
The "MRE" thing is about personality types, not roles or functions although personality certainly plays into which roles we best fit. This is "personality type" as in the testing done in the past using Meyers-Briggs, DISC, etc. The use of "MRE" as personality types was created by Bijoy Goswami specifically for use in bootstrap discussions.
More on that at Bootstrap Austin.
In the absence of severe mental disorder, we are generally one personality type or another ;~) so "No" is probably the best answer to your question as posted.
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It was explained to me as a function thing not a personality thing. I'm more aware of Goswami now than I was six months ago, especially after meeting and speaking with Kevin Koym.
However, I do not have a personality disorder (at least not a multiple personality issue). But I have had to play all three roles at one point or another, and will continue to do so until we're funded and able to add to the team in context of "best available" talent at a position.
Until then, I know "MRE" as meals ready to eat.
Thanks for the reply, but even with MB, there are blends to a personality, and some people can be portions of other characteristics.
Goswami is here for reference.
He is "categorizing people," not specifying roles per se although there is a lot of discussion around the roles typically played by the three different types.
Not sure about Koym's take; how it's explained or used by others. Goswami refers to the three things as "universal core energies" which tends to either muddy the discussion waters greatly or provide crystal clarity depending on point of view ;~)
There's a excerpt from his book here in pdf format. For those who enjoy eastern philosophy, it could be a good read.
In the same manner we can usually agree that shy, reclusive, introspective people rarely take up outside sales as a profession, thinking in terms of personality types and how they relate to "roles" can be an interesting discussion. However, in defining what a "role" is and what a "personality type" is, we can agree that the two are different. There are, for example, personality types that do not fit any particular role in society or business.
It appears that adherents to the "MRE" theory may be speaking of both in the same context... where a "maven" might sometimes refer to a role and, at others, refer to the personality type. If so, it does not add clarity to their cause.
I've watched most of his tapes and on-line videos (with a glass of red wine). Since I haven't been into eatern philosophies for about 35 years or more, I don't have any context. I do know that my management advisor and good friend believes that Myers-Briggs and the like are "hooey." No offense intended to anyone, including Mr. Hooey.
I've met Hooey and he's a good guy despite what "they" say ;~)
Personally my stance on the veracity or validity of either eastern philosophy or personality tests is "no comment."
along with Luie and Dooey
William, I always enjoy your well thought out explanations! Thank you.
Yeah, but he's actually met "Mr. Hooey," and I've only besmirched his "good" name.
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