Meet Brains the Calculating (C type) Owl. People with the Owl personality type tend to be objective, skeptical, and logical in their behavior. They are usually fiercely pragmatic and frequently solve problems with an analytical, fact-driven approach. They are likely to be more reserved in groups and may take a long time before they build enough trust to open up.
The Owl personality type traits
Owls are likely to approach life in a serious manner. Preferring solitary activities, they are likely to guard their privacy and be more involved with their deep, independent thoughts than external stimuli.
In summary, Owl personality traits include…
• Prefer privacy and solitary activities.
• Make objective decisions rather than emotional ones.
• Skeptically or realistically appraise people and situations.
• Be sensitive to a lack of sincerity in others.
• Maintain a serious demeanor at work.
Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.
Owl style personality strengths
• Taking time to think things through when making decisions.
• Providing clearly defined procedures when giving assignments.
• Using a deliberate, methodical approach when solving problems.
• Being comfortable analyzing large amounts of information.
• Giving work assignments in writing and requests are written feedback.
Owl personality weaknesses
• Seeking a perfect solution instead of workable solutions.
• Taking a lot of time gathering information and assessing risk before making decisions.
• Avoiding or resisting people who do not use a systematic approach to organizing work.
• Feeling the urge to criticize people who don’t meet their standards for quality and accuracy.
• Checking in too frequently, with too many questions, when someone needs more autonomy.
Owl personality growth opportunities
• Sharing about the work they’re doing with the rest of the team, even if it’s just in a brief message.
• Understanding that there are natural differences in strengths; one of theirs is likely your organization, so there will likely be many scenarios in which it’s best for them to adopt the organizational responsibilities.
• Remaining open-minded to others’ unique strengths, even if they seem frustratingly different from their own; people will often surprise Owls with their capabilities.
• Working with others who might have a more simple, direct approach to problem-solving.
Owl personality type careers & work
Owls tend to thrive in private environments where they can take enough time to do their work with accuracy, precision, and the highest possible quality. They can help more outgoing, quick-acting coworkers take the time to stop and think through important decisions. When working with another Owl, it’s important that they consider new ways of approaching a situation when they feel stuck on a problem.
Tend to work well with others who…
• Have evidence to back up their claims.
• Show patience when answering clarifying questions.
• Give them plenty of space to work independently.
May hit obstacles in professional relationships when they…
• Neglect to consider other people’s ideas.
• Misunderstand an assignment because they didn’t meet in person.
• Unnecessarily criticize the actions of their coworkers.
Feel energized at work when…
• They are given plenty of personal space to solve a problem.
• Their boss gives them plenty of autonomy.
• Their peers ask them for advice on becoming more efficient.
• Their direct reports follow the exact rules and guidelines.
Feel drained at work when…
• They have to work closely with other people.
• Their boss requires a lot of face-to-face meetings.
• Their peers spend too much time talking.
• Their direct reports make things up as they go.
Owls thrive in positions where they can take enough time to do their work with accuracy, precision, and the highest possible quality. They are likely to prefer independent work over lots of collaboration, and typically prefer more structured environments that have established rules and processes.
Commonly the best Owl job roles
The best jobs for Owls are roles that allow them to work independently and focus their meticulous abilities on solving problems.
• Software Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• Chemical Engineer
• Investment Analyst
• Software Developer
• Data Scientist
• Financial Analyst
• Systems Administrator
• Director of Engineering
Owl Communication Tips
Use a serious, businesslike demeanor and ask strictly objective questions to fully understand what they are thinking.
Meetings should be minimal, formally scheduled, and with a prepared agenda.
Email communication tips
Emails should be clear, detailed, and factual. Be prepared to provide documents or external links to back up what you’re saying.
Feedback should be specific, detailed, and delivered with logical reasoning.
Conflict should be viewed objectively to effectively bring underlying issues to the surface.
When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.
Owl Type Motivations
• Solving problems with a thorough analysis of the existing data.
• Researching the root causes of a problem.
• Creating procedures, rules, and guidelines for other people to follow.
• Helping others become more methodical and efficient in their processes.
• Working on projects independently and bringing results back to a group.
Owl Type Stress
• Brainstorming about far-out ideas instead of clear ones.
• Taking the time to understand how someone else thinks.
• Leaving their schedule open and flexible for spontaneous meetings throughout the day.
• Explaining things with emotional, expressive language.
Who do you know that is an Owl?
We all have personality traits that motivate and stress us. Now that you are aware of these for the Owl type, how can you be aware of them and use them in conversation?
What communication mistakes have you made in the past with an Owl?
Remember awareness is the fastest path to transformation. We have all made these communication mistakes and it’s now time to learn from them.
Please post your comments and ideas below. The more you share your ideas and the insights you learned from this book, the faster you will master it.