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3. Mining Successes and Setbacks for Self-Improvement
Introduction 00Back to Table of Contents
You’ve made it through your first semester of 1L. Take a moment to celebrate your success in navigating the important transition from being an untested novice to becoming a savvier and more seasoned law student. Utilize this report to help you reflect on your journey thus far. Your experiences, positive and negative, formal and informal, in class and out, are a wealth of useful information. The tools in this report help you uncover important data about yourself that can make this semester and all subsequent semesters that much more productive and satisfying.
Armed with increased self-knowledge about your personal style and distinctive qualities, things feel more understandable and therefore manageable. Challenges are seen with greater perspective and may be bit easier to handle. Interactions may go a bit more smoothly. Your career search will be a bit more directed and purposeful and your decision making will be a bit more sure-footed. It is also likely that developing your self-awareness will help you handle setbacks with greater aplomb and make it possible for you to get back on track a bit more quickly when things – inevitably – don’t go exactly as planned.
Cognitive Super Power - Expanded 01Back to Table of Contents
This section describes your Superpower; your dominant, "go to" behavior that is so natural, fast, and easy to access, you may not even know you have or are using it.
- Compelled to help by making certain everything is accurate and logically consistent
- Does everything in her power to ensure things are properly categorized, sorted, identified and labeled
- Beth may sometimes be overly critical in an earnest attempt to help and make things better
- She loves analyzing to uncover the one most perfect solution to a problem
- Beth typically thinks all problems can and should be solved by logic and reasoning
Beth understands logic and analyzes or figures out the essential principles. That is what Super Analyzing is all about. Those with this superpower are constantly evaluating, defining, and identifying if something is correct or incorrect based on the sophisticated logical models and complex mental concepts they use.
For Beth it is very frustrating that most other people do not logically analyze or figure out their decisions. She often can't turn off the need to analyze things. Those with Super Analyzing are often dismayed because almost the entire world seems illogical or 'stupid' to them.
Her sophisticated analysis can sometimes result in a fairly biting wit. And when overused this can result in a perfectionist approach and evaluation of both herself and those around her.
It is also this constant mental sharpening that results in amazing progress on any problem that can be analyzed and solved by principles. Beth often thinks all problems can and should be solved by logic and reasoning.
Distinctive Qualities 02Back to Table of Contents
Based on your results on the Sheffield Assessment, this chapter shows your most distinctive, "stand out" characteristics relative to the attorneys in our database.
We have ranked your scores on each of the 22 traits from the Sheffield Assessment in terms of how distinguishable they are from the scores of the attorneys, representing 24 different practice areas and 6 work settings, in our sample. Based on that ranking, this chapter highlights several traits where your scores could make you “stand out” from the crowd. If you want to see your scores on all 22 traits relative to satisfied attorneys in our world-wide database, you can find them in the chapter Legal Trait Analysis.
As much as we seek to measure everything perfectly, that's not actually possible. Indeed, no matter how good the Sheffield is, it is not able to predict whether you can or will be successful or satisfied in any particular work setting. Therefore, it's still incumbent upon you, as the expert on yourself, to look at the qualities and determine how important the opportunity to exercise them at work is to you.
For qualities you don’t place much weight on, knowing that they are less likely to be represented in a particular setting may not have much of an impact on how eager or interested you are to explore that work setting further. But for those you do care about, knowing how likely it is that these qualities will be well-represented can be useful information in helping you to prioritize which work settings to investigate first. Moreover, when there is a mismatch between the qualities that are important to you and what’s representative in an otherwise appealing setting, this information can help you anticipate the need to “sell” the value of these qualities, as well as to look for other avenues in which you can gain the satisfaction of using them.
Beth frequently takes initiative to complete tasks without requiring instruction or supervision from others. Lawyers with strengths in this area will recognize a need, develop a plan for completing a task, and work towards the completion of the task, all on their own. Lawyers with above average levels of this trait also generally possess higher emotional intelligence, as they generally express their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in a direct, yet constructive way. One caveat, however, is that Beth should remember to check in with managers and team members to be sure that projects are proceeding as expected and that changes to the original plan have not been made in the interim.
Beth frequently sets goals for planning purposes or for measuring personal or organizational success. Her goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about her future, and for turning this vision of the future into reality. Multiple studies have shown that explicit goal-setting has been found to be a shared trait among highly successful people.
Beth finds comfort in predictable, routine patterns. This is a positive characteristic for work areas that are more stable and systematic in nature.