William T. (Bill) Holmes

MAPP™ Appraisal


William has natural preferences that engender curiosity about the nature of things and about "what makes things tick". In addition, motivational levels are highest where activities allow thinking focused on the inquisitive, exploratory, analytical, and experimental. "Technical" orientation is often the interaction of two or more of these traits: Scientific, Natural/Outdoor, Mechanical, and Managerial. It is important to identify the other traits involved to determine whether William is more technical, scientific or systems-oriented or if these traits are balanced.


William regards self as talented, self-sufficient, and goal-oriented. William most likely demonstrates independence in two ways: 1) is motivated to manage own operational, technical, professional, scientific, and/or administrative activities without management or involvement by others; or 2) does manage the skills and abilities of others, impersonally but objectively, as "utility" in the process of getting things done. The prime motivation is to utilize what is at hand to accomplish vocational objectives. That could be done exclusively with one's own talents and skills, or it could include applying the talents and skills of others. If it includes management of people, they are expected, perhaps even required, to perform at quality skill levels. William prefers not to be managed or dominated by others or to rigidly conform to organization rules or expectations.


William's mind is naturally motivated to put physical abilities and natural talents, whatever they may be, into immediate use in given situations calling on immediate responses. William is conscious of this mental activity and relies on the subconscious link manifesting itself in action. As a result, William naturally prefers activities where attributes include: dexterity, timing, rhythm, and ability with simultaneous functions - like operating a power shovel or crane, or seeing a ball and swinging a bat at the right time and the right place. (NOTE: Excellent skills are the result of subconscious processes taking over from `by-the-numbers' consciousness `telling' the body what to do. That kind of conscious-to-subconscious `switchover' can also be referred to as 'Second Nature'.


William does prefer considering people both philosophically and psychologically. This natural motivation towards an interest in people causes a personal, ethical interest in the potential and destiny of others. If that interest is reinforced by strong benevolence, William prefers to be active in service directly involved with and beneficial for others. It is important to see what motivational levels exist for William with regard to benevolence, gregariousness, managerial activities, persuasiveness and/or dedication to harmonious relations. Each or all of those traits can be interactive with this mentoring trait and strongly influence the if, how and why that mentoring is done.


William is motivated toward activities involving mechanical engineering, including: 1) mechanical awareness of assembly, fabrication, operation, leverage, motion, force, and power, 2) design and/or draw technical plans, 3) technical, statistical, and numerical analysis, and 4) layout and installation. This highly motivated engineering orientation probably means professional dedication to a major engineering vocation.


Preferences that direct mental activity for William are naturally curious, inquisitive, investigative, exploratory, analytical, and experimental. Words such as "if" and "why" are central to this trait. It is a factor that fits exactly between synthesizing and comparing, with emphasis on synthesizing. Analysis is more than seeing the big picture, or seeing how the pieces fit the big picture. The motivation to engage an activity or process comes from nonlinear speculating about new forms, possibilities, relations, and fits. In other words, it tends to be an executive function dedicated to possibilities.


William applies scientific/technical/logical thinking (to the fullest extent this ability exists) to identify, analyze, and solve challenges and/or problems; to collect data, establish facts, connect abstract and concrete variables, draw valid conclusions, determine appropriate action, devise strategies and systems to achieve objectives. (NOTE: This is engineering in the industrial and technical sense). William probably relates to the following quote as it illustrates this trait: "What marks the mind of the strategist is an intellectual elasticity or flexibility that enables him to come up with realistic responses to changing conditions...In strategic thinking, one first seeks a clear understanding of the particular character of each element of a situation and then makes the fullest possible use of human brainpower to restructure the elements in the most advantageous way." (Keniche Ohmae, The Mind of the Strategist)


William is motivated to work with a wide variety of theoretical math concepts; make original application of those concepts; apply knowledge of advanced mathematical or statistical techniques to new areas of challenge, interest, or opportunity. Motivation is derived from conceptual, analytical, curious, and exploratory thinking. Research and theoretical logic probably appeal greatly to William's mind.


William is highly motivated to consider creative writing and communicating at professional levels. Preferences are holistic, conceptual, imaginative, and creative. "Ideas trigger more ideas" can probably be said about William. High motivational levels for this worker trait indicate an interactive combination of literary and philosophical traits. As Dean W. R. Inge said, "Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art." That probably makes a great deal of sense to William. Motivation at this level indicate preferences that probably include writing fiction, poetry, scripts for movies or television, advertising copy, marketing copy, teaching creative writing, etc.

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