June 2016 – Page 2 – Andy Peloquin

Andy Peloquin

I am an artist – words are my palette

Month: June 2016 (Page 2 of 2)

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Understanding the Commander

Last week, I was requested to write an article on the different personality types that made up an effective team. As I was doing the research, I learned about the Myers-Briggs personality profiles, the 16 different types of personalities in the world. Of course, being the curious person I am, I took the test.

The result: I am an ENTJ, a personality type known as “The Commander”. LOVING it already!

ENTJ stands for “Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging”. As one site says, “ENTJs have a natural tendency to marshall and direct.” Sounds a lot like me.

As I read more and more into the personality type, it was quickly clear that the Myers-Brigg test NAILED my personality:

(Taken from Human Metrics)

“Clarity of convictions endows these Thinkers with a knack for debate, or wanting knack, a penchant for argument. The light and heat generated by Thinking at the helm can be impressive; perhaps even overwhelming. ”

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(Taken from Truity)

“They are ambitious and interested in gaining power and influence. To the ENTJ, decision-making is a vocation. They want to be in a position to make the call and put plans into motion.

ENTJs tend to be blunt and decisive. Driven to get things done, they can sometimes be critical or brusque in the pursuit of a goal. They are typically friendly and outgoing, although they may not pick up on emotional subleties in other people. They often love working with others toward a common goal, but may not find time to attend to their feelings. They are focused on results and want to be productive, competent, and influential.”

Did you know that Napoleon Bonaparte, Douglas MacArthur, Margaret Thatcher, and General Norman Schwarzkopf were all ENTJs? Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, and David Letterman also fall into this category

Here are some interesting facts about this personality type:

  • They tend to have the highest GPA in college
  • They are least likely to suffer from finance or work-related stress
  • They’re most likely to stay in college
  • They’re among the least likely to claim belief in a “higher power”
  • They tend to be satisfied with their work
  • They have a much higher risk of cardiac problems

Fascinating, right?

A bit more about “The Commander”:

(Taken from Personality Page)

“There is not much room for error in the world of the ENTJ. They dislike to see mistakes repeated, and have no patience with inefficiency. They may become quite harsh when their patience is tried in these respects, because they are not naturally tuned in to people’s feelings, and more than likely don’t believe that they should tailor their judgments in consideration for people’s feelings.”

“ENTJs are very forceful, decisive individuals. They make decisions quickly, and are quick to verbalize their opinions and decisions to the rest of the world. The ENTJ who has not developed their Intuition will make decisions too hastily, without understanding all of the issues and possible solutions.”

As you can see, plenty of both strengths and weaknesses.

One site summed up the Commander Personality in a very succinct way: “Happiness Lies in the Joy of Achievement”. Sounds a LOT like me!

If any of the above sounds like you, you can find out more about the Commander Personality type here…

For me, having these things put into words came as a beautiful revelation. Someone actually understood what I was thinking and how I feel about things, and it was awesome to get a clearer insight into the way I think, act, and behave. It highlighted my strengths and reinforced the importance of working on my weaknesses. In the long run, learning all of these things about my personality type will help me to embrace both the good and the bad about being a “Commander”.

 

What’s your personality type? Take this quick and easy test and find out more about yourself. Don’t forget to comment and let me know what your personality type is…

Cursed Release Day

Book Review: Cursed: Black Swan by Ryan T. McFadden

It’s Book Review Wednesday again, and I’ve got a treat for you! Today, I’m reviewing a book that shares a lot in common with The Last Bucelarii series: a bad-ass killer, a cursed weapon, a mysterious past, and a beautifully dark story line!

Cursed: Black Swan  (A Fixer Novel)

“Let’s get one thing straight—I’m a fixer. You need someone murdered? Then hire an assassin. You need something stolen? Call a thief. But if there’s something no one else can do, or a job that no one else wants, then you talk to me.”

Nathaniel specializes in the strange, the weird, and the dangerous. But no matter how far he runs, he can’t leave behind his bloody past, nor the ghosts that chase him.

His latest job was supposed to be simple—recover the sword Black Swan. Except there’s no such thing as a simple job. When the operation goes bad, the Crucifiers, the Crooked Hand, assassins, and Crusaders are all hot on Nathaniel’s trail…for a sword he doesn’t even have. All he has to do to get it back and set his world right is to find the woman of his dreams… and kill her.

 

My Review: 4.5 Stars

From the moment I opened this book, I was hooked. The character is a sarcastic “fixer” with a predisposition for killing–not quite an assassin, but definitely on the wrong side of the law.

The story got my attention immediately. It was incredibly well-written, free of the grammar and punctuation errors that drive me up the wall, and overall a very solid book. The characters were intriguing, and I LOVED the main character’s back story. Truth be told, all his back story (the prison, the life as a prince, etc.) would make one heck of a series. But as a standalone book, it’s truly a fascinating read.

My only complaint is with the ending of the book. After the massive build-up of the character, the cursed sword, and the villain, I was sorely disappointed with the climax and the way the author chose to end the story. What started out as a book focused entirely on the main character and his story ended up with a “save the world” plotline that I didn’t like. Not that it wasn’t well-written, just not how I wanted to see the story end.

Anyone who enjoys the grimdark/dark fantasy genre will love this story!

About the Author:

(Taken from his website)

I am a writer of fantasy and horror, with short stories and novellas published through Dragon Moon Press, Edge SF & F, and Absolute X-Press. In 2014, my novella Ghost in the Machine won the Aurora Award (Canada’s most prestigious award for SF&F) for Short Fiction.

My motley past involves such dangerous work as database administration, ice cream flavouring (seriously, that’s a thing), hockey league administration, screen printing, web design, furniture building, and home renovations.

He lives in London with his two beautiful, but sometimes diabolical daughters, who he is sure are plotting to one day overthrow him.

My other writing credits (not shown on this site) include stories in Chicago Overcoat, Afterburn SF, Sinister Tales, as well as a finalist in the $1500 JFJK contest, a semi-finalist in the Writer’s of the Future (as well as receiving two Honourable Mentions)

Find the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cursed-Black-Swan-Fixer-Novel-ebook/dp/B016CD464E/

Visit his website: http://www.ryanmcfadden.com/

Tweet at him: https://twitter.com/RyanTMcFadden

Connect with him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryan.mcfadden1

 

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