Survey Read and evaluate the feedback from each exercise you complete. Include a title heading for each exercise summary. Tell me your test scores (do

 

  1. Read and evaluate the feedback from each exercise you complete.
  2. Include a title heading for each exercise summary.
  3. Tell me your test scores (do not copy and paste, please type out your scores).
  4. Write three or more sentences in your own words that summarize the following:
  • Do you agree with the results?
  • What did you learn about yourself?
  • Provide a real-life example

How Political Are You?

To determine your political tendencies, please review the following statements. Check the answer that best represents your behaviour or belief, even if that particular behaviour or belief is not present all the time.

True

False

1.

You should make others feel important through an open appreciation of their ideas at work.

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2.

Because people tend to judge you when they first meet you, always try to make a good first impression.

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3.

Try to let others do most of the talking, be sympathetic to their problems, and resist telling people that they are totally wrong.

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4.

Praise the good traits of the people you meet, and always give people an opportunity to save face if they are wrong or make a mistake.

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5.

Spreading false rumours, planting misleading information, and backstabbing are necessary, if somewhat unpleasant, methods of dealing with your enemies.

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________

6.

Sometimes it is necessary to make promises that you know you will not or cannot keep.

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7.

It is important to get along with everybody, even with those who are generally recognized as windbags, abrasive, or constant complainers.

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8.

It is vital to do favours for others so that you can call in these IOUs at times when they will do you the most good.

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9.

Be willing to compromise, particularly on issues that are minor to you but major to others.

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10.

On controversial issues, it is important to delay or avoid your involvement if possible.

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Scoring Key:

According to the author of this instrument, a complete organizational politician will answer “true” to all 10 questions. Organizational politicians with fundamental ethical standards will answer “false” to questions 5 and 6, which deal with deliberate lies and uncharitable behaviour. Individuals who regard manipulation, incomplete disclosure, and self-serving behaviour as unacceptable will answer “false” to all or almost all of the questions.


Source: J.F. Byrnes, “The Political Inventory.” Reprinted by permission of Dr. Joseph F. Byrnes, Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts.

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