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Are you a generator or terminator personality? I have just read Rise by Patty Azzarello and in fact waiting to interview her tonight for a forthcoming Engaging Brand podcast. Patty is an amazing lady, she became the youngest general manager at Hewlett-Packard at age 33, ran a $1B software business at 35 and became a CEO at 38. The book made me think of the different personalities which you come across at work, and I want to ask you 'Are you a generator or a terminator?' Indeed are you an inspirer or a drainer? Do you generate ideas or find a reason why ideas won't work? Do you generate productivity by looking at different ways of working or do you believe in what works in the past will work in the future ? Do you generate talent by asking questions rather than answering questions? Do you generate business by being focused more externally than internally? Do you generate communication or do you prefer to inform and tell? Do you innovate around 1- 4 or do you prefer the status quo Do you generate enthusiasm towards a brighter future...or do you terminate all hope through not valuing the ideas and skills of those around you? Generators keep the energy of a business flowing, you don't need to be a leader to be a generator.....the best generator I ever came across was a credit controller who inspired more people than I ever met before! A good way of deciding if you are not sure (and you don't want to ask!) is by being really honest to this question Do you manage cost or generate tangible value?

Anna Farmery

Social Marketing Architect, Speaker, Author and in spare time completing PhD on the future of the social business model

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