“I did Strength Finders 2.0, and, while the information was good, I am astounded by the level of intimate detail that the Know Thyself Guides® at Work showed from my Birkman Method® assessment. I learned so much about the way I operate and why. This is fantastic to read and it almost had a “rulebook or playbook” type of description of my operating principals. Now, I know how to work from a more effective standpoint.”
“I have done a few employment personality test, but I am astonished by the insight I got from Know Thyself Guides®. Through this process, I have a clear understanding of what I need to be happy at work. Now that I know my strengths, needs, and interests I can craft my day to support both me and those I work with. Brilliant!”
“What is most exciting about this method is that it focuses on what I need to be happy in my work environment. Developing a road map helps me to make better job choices and ask the right questions during the interview process. What a great tool!”
“For years I have been an investment banker. My career was great, but I always felt that something was lacking. After reading my personalized Know Thyself Guides® online assessment, I found out how important creative projects are for me. Before reading this I was stressed out trying to be a banker without fulfilling my need for creativity. Now, I make the time to pursue photography and the outdoors, because it makes me happy.”
“I have done countless career test assessments without much luck. But, this book guided me through the process to determine if the job I am thinking about is right for my personal needs and strengths. No more second-guessing about what I need to be happy at work. With this book I KNOW! I now know my preferred work environment and the types of jobs that are best for my personality.”
“I have been in sales roles my whole career. During my recent job search, I took time to work through my personalized Know Thyself Guide®. I discovered that what would make me happier is a more technical, hands-on role. With knowledge about where to start looking, I easily found a job that was perfect for me as an application support engineer.”
Teresa began her career in advertising and marketing over 20 years ago where her focus was on market research and branding. Her clients included well-know brands such as SKYY Vodka, Nordstroms, Jones New York, Hard Rock Hotel. She is the founder of TangoDiva.com, one of the world’s largest social networks for women solo travelers. In 2007, she authored Fly Solo: The 50 Best Places on Earth For a Girl to Travel Alone (Penguin Books). In 2013, she authored Body, Mind, and Solo: 7 Keys to Conquering the World Alone (Balboa Press). At Know Thyself Guides® she manages the marketing efforts, edits the content of the guides and website, and builds sustainable partnerships.
As a serial entrepreneur with marketing and organization development expertise, Ajit has 35 years of experience in creative marketing and business development. He has worked in many different arenas ranging from broadcasting, nonprofits, resort real estate development, and venture capital funding. At Know Thyself Guides® he leads the charge as business developer and strategist.
Kris brings over 20 years of technical experience in the commercialization and application of networked computing technologies. He began his career as a Sun Microsystems engineer, moved into technical director roles at NeXT and vice presidential roles for Netscape and AOL. Prior to joining Know Thyself Guidesr, he was chief technical officer at Epok and Breakthrough Commerce where he directed all technical developments. He is fond of saying that someday, “This Internet thing is gonna be big!” He is responsible for building the technology that manages the dynamic me-book content.
I have over 30 years in corporate America, having worked for the Bell System, DuPont, and Accenture. In the last 17 years of my career, I worked for Accenture managing large outsourcing engagements—many of them focused on Talent Management. I kept seeing clients landing in the wrong jobs—ones that did not interest them or for which they were not naturally inclined. As Einstein said, they were like “fish trying to climb trees.” But I also saw something else. I saw some of them getting out or radically redesigning their jobs. And what was different about those that escaped workday depression versus their unhappy peers was whether or not they had a coach or not. So I started looking carefully at what these coaches were doing. And it seemed to me that they were getting at the heart of what made each person unique and then helping them make the changes necessary to channel that uniqueness in ways that made them happy, successful, and understood. This kind of one-on-one coaching is great. The problem with it is that it takes a long time (coaching engagements are often 12 weeks or more) and it costs a lot of money. That puts it out of reach of most people.
I have a gift for scaling big ideas so I kept thinking about how we could scale this coaching concept, marry it up with specific knowledge about each person, and make this experience available to all for a fraction of the cost of a good coach. That’s how I came up with the idea of Know Thyself Guides®.
I believe everyone deserves to be happy, successful, and understood at work, in relationships–in fact in any thing (s)he is doing. I want my Know Thyself Guides® to jumpstart everyone on their journey to knowing themselves and achieving happiness. I also believe that happy, successful people are more likely to be helpful to others, so this is an all-around win.
I am thrilled that these books can have such an impact on individuals’ lives. Peter G. is an example of someone who used a Know Thyself Guide® to make a big change. He uncovered that his interests and strengths were pointing him away from his then-current sales roles and toward more technical roles. In addition, the knowledge reinforced something he already knew deep down—that he needed a role that enabled him to work collaboratively with a team, rather than solo; and that he worked better when the pace was steady rather than the roller coaster of activity that was often the case in sales. Peter took the risk of changing careers and is now very happy as a technical operations analyst for Nemours.
I had a really good corporate career, but now I am devoting full time to Know Thyself Guides®. My goal is to help 250,000 people achieve happiness, success, and understanding in their chosen pursuits.
I have some interests and strengths that I am bringing to this venture. I am passionate about research. I have a Ph. D. in PyschoEducational Processes, which is a combination field of adult learning and group psychology. (The practical application of this in business is Organization Development.) I have strengths in creative and conceptual thinking and dealing with really complex and ambiguous problems. This is what enables me to conceptualize how we can scale things like coaching to make it available to the world.
But it takes more than me to pull this off. And I need strengths that are not a part of my personal tool kit. So I have assembled a really great team. I am going to let them tell you a little about themselves and why they are excited to work on Know Thyself Guides®.