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FROM CHAPTER TWO: "HOW ARE YOU SMART?":

(Note: this excerpt is taken from someone's personalized ebook. The content of your book would be personalized from your own responses to the FPYC questionnaire which you can begin at the top of this page.)

"...7. Interpersonal intelligence

You seem to have reasonable levels of interpersonal intelligence.

Interpersonally intelligent people are those who work well with others and are sensitive to the variations in moods, attitudes and feelings of others.

This type of intelligence is important in team and leadership situations, where people are in need of teaching and coaching and where excellent customer service is required.

We now look at your interpersonal intelligence in more depth

7a. Interpersonal effectiveness ability

It seems that your interpersonal effectiveness abilities are reasonably good. This is an area you should build on and use to your advantage.

There is a school of thought that technology like the internet will reduce the importance of interpersonal abilities in the new economy. Nothing could be further from the truth.

While computers have replaced many logical, left brain tasks, a computer capable of the complex judgments required by human interaction is not yet on the horizon.

In this environment, interpersonal effectiveness takes on even more significance. There is a high demand for people, like yourself, with the ability to operate effectively with other people, and this ability is becoming a basic requirement of more and more work.

According to Dr Stephen Covey, the author of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, there are three main aspects to interpersonal effectiveness. These are, firstly, how effectively we listen so we understand others before taking action. Secondly, our effectiveness at negotiating win/win agreements, and thirdly, our ability to combine our strengths with the strengths of others.

You seem to have a high level of ability to negotiate win/win agreements, and a certain level of confidence in effective listening and combining your strengths with others.

The fact that you are a reasonable listener indicates that you are able to see issues from the perspectives of other people. "Empathic" listening involves trying to see the world through someone else's eyes. When you really understand the other person's perspective you are able to communicate and cooperate much more effectively.

Continuing to build on your listening abilities will help in your dealings with others and your effectiveness in the workplace.

You seem confident in your ability to negotiate win/win agreements.

This is an extremely useful ability to have in any situation where two people must work together.

You obviously understand that for you to get what you want, you must help others get what they want.

Being a person who constantly thinks win/win will undoubtedly help you move ahead with your career, in whatever field you choose.

Combining your strengths with the strengths of others to create something that the individuals could not have created alone is called "synergy".

This is the magic that happens when one plus one equals three.

Your reasonable level of confidence in synergizing indicates that you are reasonably effective working with others.

Synergy is the pinnacle of interpersonal effectiveness, so any improvement you can make in this area will help you achieve your goals.

For more information on interpersonal effectiveness, read the classic Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey."

Reference: Career aptitude test for teens

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