Theorists tend to enjoy living and working in an ivory tower in safe distance from the real world to further their (academic) knowledge and advance their theoretical models of the world. They have a passion for better understanding the true nature of things in the world, if not the universe.
Many Theorists are soloists who live in their heads and are too smart and rational for most “normal” people in their environment. No wonder that they are often stereotyped as “nerds”, “rocket scientists”, or “eggheads” by the “common people”. Because of their theoretical adacemic styles, most Theorists enjoy being around and argue with other theorists or people who are equally “intellectual” (such as the neighboring TIPS profiles of the Conceptualizer, the Technocrat, or Intellectual Coach.)
The “I” in Ideator stands for the “8I”: ideas, invention, imagination, incubation, intuition, insights, intelligence, and innovation. Hence, Ideators symbolize the starting point of innovation (i.e., ideas) and serve as the spearhead of innovation at the forefront of change.
Most Ideators are highly individualized — or in other words, unique, original individuals who insist on creating original, unique ideas. Typically, ideators are anything but ordinary and normal; they are extraordinary and abnormal. They stand out like a black sheep in a herd of white sheep. Hence, most Ideators may come across as off-the-wall, radical and even a bit extreme in the eyes of “the establishment”.
What the establishment tends to forget is that most major progress is grounded on the creative sparks and determination of an Ideator. Ideators are natural creators who start things. They often start new ventures that later may develop into mighty corporations. They create something meaningful out of nothing. They love to create the future today and every day.
Among all the TIPS profiles, Partners are the ones with the highest emotional intelligence. They are very good at sensing, seeing and feeling the emotional cues and states of other people and are good communicators. Partners enjoy learning to learn more about the “soft” factors of business — and often excel in using them to produce results. No wonder that you find many partners in professional roles where people skills and relationship building matter — such as in customer service, client coverage, or sales. Their passion is to be around other people to service and engage with them.
Partners bring feelings, emotions, empathy, sympathy, soul, love and affection into the (business) world. And imagine how cold and boring a world without them would be.
Systematizers are passionate to molding everything into a fixed, stable form: Clear (organizational) structures, efficient processes and well-running systems. While they tend to be deeply rooted in the past and pay attention to traditions, norms, rituals, and cultural customs, they mostly enjoy focusing on present issues at hand. This is because they like things to run smoothly and be well-optimized in ways that produce straightforward results.
Most Conceptualizers are good at seeing patterns, emerging trends, possibilities and opportunities that others fail to notice. Moreover, they quickly grasp the essence of a fuzzy, ambiguous situation or issue. Being abstract conceptual thinkers, conceptualizers tend to excel at creating new concepts that they either deduct or adapt from new knowledge — or freshly come up with by themselves.
With their passion for new technologies, theoretical concepts and ideas, many Conceptualizers end up in professional roles as (strategy) consultants, scientists, programmers, market researchers, among others.
Typically, they are witty, creative and spontaneous communicators full of charisma, and often even possess a more or less pronounced star appeal.
Promoters can easily reach out to others and have the rare talent to inspire people to take a desired action: For example, to buy a new product, try a new solution, talk about a brand, or convince a team to go after an “impossible” sales target. In short, Promoters are great influencers, motivators and entertainers in the best of cases — and dangerous manipulators and demagogues in the worst of cases.
Organizers tend to be more punctual, structured and reliable than Partners — and more friendly, approachable and service-minded than Systematizers. Organizers excel in organizational liaison roles where they coordinate activities with customers, suppliers or other stakeholders of an organization. Hence, they often can be found in jobs and roles that are linked to back-office or front office support functions, such as Customer Service Center, Customer Support, Operations and Event Organization.
Many Technocrats like to collect things: Money, shares, assets, books, and stories about the past, among others. In this connection, it is interesting to note that many Technocrats have a thing about “paper” and tend to collect, store, consume, produce and distribute “paper” in all forms: Articles, books, memos, manuals, handbooks, guidelines, operating procedures, policy papers, account statements, financial statements, auditing reports, among many others.
Experimenters combine the patience and stubborn persistence of a Systematizer with an Ideator’s creativity and greed to make things happen. Their work style alternates between fluent, rough and dirty at some times, and thorough, detailed and precise at other times. Being technical, manual, and craftsman-like, they enjoy to (rapidly) prototypes ideas, designs, systems, processes and even new business ventures to quickly find out how to make things work.
Experimenters are passionate to understand, twist and refine the nuts and bolds of an idea, design, system, or business. Many designers, architects, serial entrepreneurs, system-builders, model-builders, artists or craftsmen are Experimenters.
Backed with a sound theoretical foundation, Coaches enjoy learning more about and instructing others in the virtues of “soft” business skills and success mindsets. They are masters in harmoniously aligning and empowering a team to pursue and achieve an important joint goal.
With their passion to get the best out of people and make them realize ambitious desired goals, many coaches professionally orientate themselves to the domains of psychology, self-development, Human Resources development, organizational behavior and organizational change.
Why is someone an All-Rounder? Well, in most cases, they enjoy it and prefer the great variety and flexibility associated with being an All-Rounder. In other cases, people end up being classified as an All-Rounder because they may belong to one of these groups:
- Junior employees who have no choice but doing work and projects assigned by their boss or senior colleagues — and thus working as an All-Rounder;
- Young adults who have not fully explored their personal cognitive preferences yet;
- Employees who regard their work as just doing a job and prefer to give priority to other areas outside work (such as their family, friends, or favorite hobbies).
Some see being an All-Rounder as a potential disadvantage to making a career, as higher positions often require specific traits and skills. However, others think in exactly the opposite way, highlighting that because they are highly flexible, All-Rounders have a professional advantage because they can work in multiple roles and projects and thus can easily stay employed even in bad times, and with a bit of luck and connections make a good career. Whatever line of thought you prefer to follow: Every team and organization needs to have a few All-Rounders — and fortunately, roughly one in five people fall into this category.