Category Archives: Four Temperaments

Cunning Resolve

Cunning Resolve

Marvel’s promise to “keep taking risks” creatively into it’s Phase Two is already paying off, as relatively untested director Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 crushed it at the box-office AND with critics.  Clinching the second highest domestic opening ever, and pulling in a gross $1,111,096,000 and rocking a 9/10 on IGN, Iron Man 3 is only Black’s second film as a director.  Marvel Studios seems to have a knack for boldly pulling creative gem’s out of nowhere, like they did with Joss Whedon.

NOW IM NOT A MATHEMATICIAN OR ANYTHING: but Shane Black’s average rottentomatoes score as a director with only two films turned out to be 80.5%.  Meaning that if making movies were like high-school, Black got a B.  Pretty impressive.  Equally not impressive: one could argue, is Zack Snyder’s average rottentomatoes score as a director with 5 films at 54.4%.  Meaning that if making movies were like high-school, Snyder failed.  LOLUMADBRO?!?

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Righteous Nobility

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Man of Steel might literally “set the tone” for a linear cinematic DC Universe, as Empire Magazine reports that Warner Bros. will want Zack Snyder to direct Justice League: given Man of Steel’s success at the box office.

Which quite frankly makes me question if  WB executives even took the time to SEE the film they made with Snyder less than two years ago, entitled: you guessed it, Sucker Punch (23%).  Trololol.

In related superhero arms race” news, Thor: The Dark World released a pretty bossy one-sheet this week along with it’s first trailer:

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Sentient Fortitude

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My trolling of Zack Snyder evidently will be to no avail as he seems to have turned out a solid film with executive producer Christopher Nolan at his back:

In all fairness though he’s quite good at making trailers, and less good at making movies.  Anywho, it seems that viral marketing campaigns are what all the “cool kids” are doing nowadays and apparently The Big Blue Boyscout is no different:

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Cutthroat Diversity

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Game of Thrones is back and Thank the Gods:

UPDATE:

For those of you who do not know, Game of Thrones is an HBO series in it’s third season based off  a series of popular fantasy novels entitled “A Song of Ice and Fire”.  Thrones chronicles the violent conflicts and struggles between noble families vying for control of the ‘Iron Throne’.  The unprecedented genre series focuses primarily on political and military strife between four major powersHouse LannisterHouse BaratheonHouse Stark, and House Targaryen.  Just like the real four major powers or Temperaments, these ones certainly have their differences.  Let’s take a look.

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Super Brawl

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Justice League seems to be in more hot water as WB execs have reportedly trashed Will Beall’s script with several sources claiming “it’s terrible”:

Quote1I’ve now heard from multiple sources that the Will Beall script for Justice League has been scrapped.  The story from each source is the same: it’s terrible.  Some sources seem to think the whole movie is going to fall apart and never happen, while some believe that Warner Bros will keep moving forward, unwilling to lose the superhero arms race.Quote2

WHOOPSY DAISIES.  I’m not a mathematician or anything but aren’t they already LOSING the “superhero arms race”? 

Seeing as The Avengers will assemble at the 85th Annual Academy Awards next week to present an award, while the Justice League doesn’t even exist yet?

Justice League’s saving grace may just be this film:

If Snyder dropped the ball however, WB is screwed.

While these superhero teams may be fictional, they express an extremely important idea: that people are fundamentally different from one another, and that that is a GOOD thing.  Let’s take a look.

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Systemic Threshold

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The 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards evidently put Argo in front-running position to take home The Oscar’s coveted Best Picture.  After being Oscar snubbed as a directorAffleck and his film have since cleaned up on awards culminating in SAG’s top-honor ensemble award.  Daniel Day Lewis’ Oscar chances went from 95%  to 99% with a SAG win, while Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway are also now a “shoe-in” as well or so they say.

Disney purchased 3 TV spots for tonight’s BIG GAME (Superbowl XLVII) at about 4 mill a pop while Warner Bros. opted to sit out for it’s third year in a row.  Industry insider info indicates that Warner Bros. is strongly hinging on the commercial success of Man of Steel, before “moving forward” with it’s top-priority project:  Justice LeagueThe studio has every right to be nervous, banking it’s flag-ship character hopes on a director like Zack Snyder.  Snyder had early success with 300 (60%), and arguably Watchmen (64%), but his most recent film Sucker Punch (23%), was literally god awful.  Which explains why WB execs are hesitant.

AND SO while Warner Bros’ ensemble team-up film remains in limbo, Disney’s ensemble team-up film is well into it’s phase two, with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World coming this year.  Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige says that the studio is going to “keep taking risks” creatively  in phase two and beyond.  One of such risks was casting Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire inventor Tony Stark.  But that seemed to work out for everybody:

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Intergalactic Synergy

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Awards and Flu Seasons have commenced as the 2013 Golden Globes gave Bostonian Ben Affleck a pretty phatty sack including Best Director and Best Picture.  Daniel Day Lewis got best actor which let’s be honest isn’t very surprising to anyone.  So wash your hands and eat oranges as Oscar night approaches on February 24th.  Speaking of Oscar potential Star Wars Episode VII has officially hired director J.J. Abrams to helm the film.  The young director just finished his second Star Trek film and took the job reportedly after months of being courted by new Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy.  Abrams even publicly announced that he would NOT direct the film, which evidently he was just flat out lying about.  What a SILLY GOOSE!  Some would say.  Abrams’ credits include Star Trek and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, having also written and produced big name stuff like Lost and Alias.  Regardless, Disney’s newest branch seems pretty pumped to have him;

Quote1.pngIt’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a press release Jan. 25. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

Star Wars creator George Lucas also gave his blessing to the selection of Abrams. “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller,” said Lucas. “He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.Quote2.png

Having just landed the biggest directing gig in Hollywood, let’s take a look at Abrams’ most recent project:

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With Thought thru New Regions

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” spoken by Atticus Finch, in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

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Reverence for Life

How do you “truly” climb into another’s skin and walk around?  It is a hard thing to do, well.  For that person may be a different kind of person from you, from a different time, and from a different place.

My avocation since I was a child was as a Viking bystander.  My vocation lately has been as a Viking reader of books and people.

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One can try to “climb into another’s skin” through watching a movie or play, or reading a book.  This is something we can do as humans.   We can visit different lands and different tribes – the modern words for “lands” and “tribes” is countries and cultures.  We can also visit some different “ages” – through movies and living in cultures that are different than your “culture” – although there are limitations and there is a possibility to not really get the “gestalt” of that age and place.  Are you just a tourist or just an anthropologist?

Please Understand Me.  Mostly, we don’t understand “truly” – the Temperament, the Tribe, the Age that is not like us.

But we can try.

Here are some autobiographies of the various Temperaments, many from a different time and different place.  Climb into the person’s skin, and walk around in it – at least for awhile.

Rationals [Strategic]

Engineers [Reactive Rationals]

Ben Franklin (Inventor) [Expressive Engineer]

Mark Twain (Inventor) [Expressive Engineer]

Paul Allen (Inventor) [Expressive Engineer]

Charles Darwin (Architect) [Attentive Engineer]

Linus Torvalds (Architect) [Attentive Engineer]

Coordinators [Proactive Rationals]

Margaret Thatcher (Fieldmarshal) [Expressive Coordinator]

Ulysses S. Grant (Mastermind) [Attentive Coordinator]

Peter Drucker (Mastermind) [Attentive Coordinator]

Idealists [Diplomatic]

Mentors [Proactive Idealists]

Jane Goodall (Counselor) [Attentive Mentor]

Mohandas Gandhi (Counselor) [Attentive Mentor]

Jane Fonda (Teacher) [Expressive Mentor]

Advocates [Reactive Idealists]

Albert Schweitzer (Healer) [Attentive Advocate]

Karen Armstrong (Healer) [Attentive Advocate]

Joan Baez (Champion) [Expressive Advocate]

Artisans [Tactical]

Operators [Proactive Artisans]

Katherine Hepburn (Crafter) [Attentive Operator]

Lance Armstrong (Crafter) [Attentive Operator]

Donald Trump (Promoter) [Expressive Operator]

Theodore Roosevelt (Promoter) [Expressive Operator]

Entertainers [Reactive Artisans]

Neil Simon (Composer) [Attentive Entertainer]

Jim Cramer (Performer) [Expressive Entertainer]

Bill Clinton (Performer) [Expressive Entertainer]

Guardians [Logistical]

Conservators [Reactive Guardians]

Barbara Walters (Provider) [Expressive Conservator]

Sam Walton (Provider) [Expressive Conservator]

George H. W. Bush (Protector) [Attentive Conservator]

Administrators [Proactive Guardians]

Lilly Ledbetter (Inspector) [Attentive Administrator]

Andrea Mitchell (Inspector) [Attentive Administrator]

Mike Wallace (Supervisor) [Expressive Administrator]

Judith Sheindlin (Supervisor) [Expressive Administrator]

Sonia Sotomayor (Supervisor) [Expressive Administrator]

Keirsey Temperament Awards

The Keirsey Temperament Awards for 2012

Each year an individual is awarded from each of the Four TemperamentsArtisanGuardianIdealist, and Rational.

The awards are given to individuals who are “famous” (if possible) and have significantly impacted the world, to illustrate and highlight the Four Temperaments.  Keirsey Temperament Theory maintains all four Temperaments play important roles in society and we need all kinds of people to use their developed natural talents, to do the best at what they do best.

The selection is difficult, for sometimes Temperament is hidden because we are looking at these individuals from a far. We don’t know the individuals personally, and only through the media are we familiar with these people. The Keirsey Temperament Forum serves as a nominating committeeI am the judge and jury.

2012 Keirsey Temperament Awards

IDEALIST OF THE YEAR

Somaly MamHealer Idealist

Human Trafficking Activist
Where Others Fear to Tread

Somaly Mam
Somaly Mam

In Memoriam
Ray Bradbury, Champion Idealist
Science Fiction Writer, Futurist

Imagine

Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury

In Memoriam
Stephen Covey, Teacher Idealist
Self Help Guru, Author

Feed Them on Your Dreams

Steven Covey
Steven Covey

RATIONAL OF THE YEAR

Dambisa Moyo, FieldMarshal Rational

Economist, Author

Winner Take All

Dambisa Moyo
Dambisa Moyo

In Memoriam
Neil Armstrong, Architect Rational
Engineer, First Human to step on the Moon

No Hero, Just an Engineer

Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong

In Memoriam
Thomas Szasz, Mastermind Rational
Psychiatrist, Critic of Psychiatry

Meet..

Thomas Szasz
Thomas Szasz

GUARDIAN OF THE YEAR

Denis Mukwege, Provider Guardian

Doctor
The Stand, The Stand revisited

Denis Mukwege
Denis Mukwege

Honorable Mention
Pat Summitt, Supervisor Guardian
Basketball Coach

She has been to the Summit

Pat Summitt
Pat Summitt

Honorable Mention
Elizabeth IIInspector Guardian
Queen of England

Diamonds are the Girl’s Best Friend

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II

In Memoriam
Daniel Inouye, Provider Guardian
Senator for the State of Hawaii, Medal of Honor Winner

Daniel Inouye
Senator Daniel Inouye

ARTISAN OF THE YEAR

Chelsea Baker, Crafter Artisan

Baseball Player, Japanese League

Do What You Love

Chelsea Baker
Chelsea Baker

In Memoriam
Phyllis Diller, Performer Artisan
Comedian

You Bet Your Life

Phyllis Diller
Phyllis Diller

In Memoriam
Etta James, Performer Artisan
Singer

At Last

Etta James
Etta James

Your Boss

Do you have a boss?

If you do, do you get along?

Do you know what kind of boss you have?

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The Keirsey Boss Sorter

Do you have a Strategic Boss, Logistical Boss, Diplomatic Boss, or a Tactical Boss?

Our research shows that the primary cause of friction between employees and bosses is miscommunication. And, this miscomunication is (usually) not caused by “bad”, “flawed”, or “crazy” bosses – but rather, as Dr. David Keirsey points out in his books, it is because people are radically different from each other. Your boss doesn’t behave as you would in many situations, and you behave differently than they would much of the time. Which means there is really no “one size fits all” solution, although many books have been written that purport to do just that.

To help, we’ve launched a new website to help you figure out what kind of boss you have, and how to improve your communication – go to  CareerSuccess.keirsey.com to try out the new Keirsey Boss Character Sorter!

The Four Temperaments
The Four Temperaments

Guardian Bosses: Logistical

Being successful with your Guardian Boss means paying attention to what your boss sees as important and acting upon orders.

Warren Buffett, Gina Rinehart, Sam Walton, Mary Kay,
Mike Wallace,  Martha Stewart, George Bush Sr., Mother Teresa

Artisan Bosses: Tactical

Being successful with your Artisan Boss means being very aware of what is going on in the here-and-now and being able to act in a time of emergency.

Donald Trump, Lady Gaga, Jim Cramer, Dolly Parton,
Michael Jordan,  Serena Williams,  Steven Spielberg, Cher

Rational Bosses: Strategic

Being successful with your Rational boss means being open to new ideas for improving systems.

Jack Welch, Indra Nooyi, Steve Jobs, Ruth Handler
Bill Gates, Marissa Mayer, Charles Darwin, Virginia Apgar

Idealist Bosses: Diplomatic

Being successful with your Idealist boss means you need to show a positive attitude.

John Wooden, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Schultz, Joan Baez,
T. E. Lawrence, Eleanor Roosevelt, Raoul WallenbergAngelina Jolie

There can be a synergy when there is team work.  When individuals are able to use their natural talents to add to the team, good things happen.

For example, the Walt Disney company would not exist without Walt Disney and his brother Roy Disney using their natural talents together.

Synergistic Dyads: The Disney Dyad