Enterprising skills or behaviour is a multifaceted and variable concept which is not only inclined towards a businessman but represents an ordinary individual as well (Gelderen, 2000). It implies that enterprising behaviour differs in diverse realms of life like it varied from student, businessman, employees, and others. The purpose of this reflective report is to highlight the personal, enterprising quality based on an online test, i.e. “The General measure of Enterprising Tendency (GET)”. The test results can be further validated by comparing it with personal life experiences and another creative test result like the “AULIVE Creativity Test”. Lastly, the impact of antecedents, like family background, experience, and education on character traits, will be specified.
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The overall GET test result of 67% shows that I possess occasional enterprising quality (Appendix 1). It implies that enterprising characteristics are significant in some domains like creative tendency and risk-taking behaviour; while evident in others such as achievement and locus of control; and unlike other highly creative individuals, low in a dimension, i.e. autonomy. The individual scores of each aspect are mention in the below figure:
Though the overall test result shows that I am an occasional enterprising individual, I do possess a high creative tendency. High scores on creative tendency (83%) indicate that I am vigilant in grabbing new opportunities in my work and life, not necessarily related to being oriented towards new business but also on the occupation I belong to. Reflecting on my profession, I am serving the Royal Air Force from the last 14 years, and my attachment to a highly technical job aligns my behaviour of excelling in a particular field. I have continued to captivating on opportunities for the technical development and training programs that keep adding on my skillset. Moreover, I have gained versatile world-class training covering the USA and Greece as well. Irrespective of the said fact, my test result on AULIVE is 44.92, which is less than the typical creative individual 63.14 that measures creativity on other various dimensions (Appendix 2). The contradictory result can be analyzed from the fact that enterprising skills qualify an individual as one having exceptional traits in all of the dimensions, continuously seeking and implementing new ideas. However, creativity is a skill that can be seen in an ordinary individual directing his everyday work towards sustainability and excellence (Murphy, 2017). So, the AULIVE test result classifies individuals on overall creativity as an entrepreneur (Appendix 3). In contrast, the GET result highlights creativity as individual characteristics that can be present in an ordinary individual.
The second significant attribute of an enterprising individual which I possess is the calculated risk-taking behaviour. I am an individual who is aware of the personal capabilities and hence, I set challenging yet achievable goals (Caird, 2013). Calculated risk-taking is a part of my routine job as an engineer officer who aims to maintain and optimize high standards for types of equipment based on the available information. Specifically, as an engineer, I am supposed to ensure the safety and security of planes and its engine that could particularly risk others’ life. So, dealing with the machines and air force equipment, my job has developed my calculated risk-taking capacity substantially.
The average score on the achievement dimension recognized my determination, persistence, and responsibility in achieving passion. A focused and determined individual performs significantly, even in a routine job by working hard and optimistically (Gelderen, 2000). I have persistently worked for 14 years in the Air force as an engineer, but I effectively utilized each year in gaining technical and professional skills and advancing in my profession. For instance, I have dedicatedly worked on undertaking quality training in multiple aspects of my job, which has allowed me to earn the appreciation award for depicting standards of excellence.
The average score in this dimension depicts that I am proactive and determined but somewhat opportunist, which implies the dependency on the institution or enterprise to which I belong. Spending significant life experience in one enterprise, i.e. air force, the reliance and confidence in the particular job enhance while reducing the opportunity of self-development (Hsiao, Yi-Hsuan, & Chen, 2016). It is especially true in my case that I have never thought to go beyond the particular field and to test my abilities other than as an air force engineer.
I have scored low on this dimension, which highlights my attitude to avoid change in my life, particularly when one becomes considerably satisfied with a routine job. Autonomy becomes essential for a person as an individual grew with time (Caird, 2013). Reflecting on my behaviour, I am leading as an engineer which is the demand of time as being a part of an enterprise, but not a personal choice that I have made.
Family, culture, education, and job are extrinsic factors that significantly shape individual personality, the same way they have influenced mine. Culture influences the structure and perception of families. The culture of Oman is highly collectivist where a family responsibility is among the significant priority of an individual. The collectivist culture restricts autonomous attitude of an individual, and a job become a source of financial security for serving entire family, and that is why I have not thought of taking the risk of investing in new business. Although I have gained adequate support to pursue my passion and achievement to learn and excel in the field continuously, living in a collective family environment restricts my demand for autonomy. Similarly, my technical education provides me ground for building my technical and precision skills by which I can earn a reputable position in Oman Air force as an engineer. Lastly, the job environment has developed and cultivated my personality enough throughout years where I can learn to solve everyday problems creatively. Also, the job environment advances me as an individual to take risks within the confined range which means that we all have a creative tendency, but the environment directs our efforts to use all enterprising traits purposefully (Gelderen, 2000).
The overall GET result highlights my personality as the one showing occasionally enterprising traits. Even with occasionally enterprising scores, there are some characteristics like creative tendency and calculated risk-taking behavior where my test scores are significant as an enterprising individual. Also, medium scores on the need for achievement and locus of control highlight that there are certain traits, like challenging goals and self-confidence, which I need to improve and provides me with an opportunity to advance on them. Lastly, I have scored low on autonomy which is evident from the collectivist cultural influence. But the low scores signify the course to work on learning leadership development which can be needed at a point in career building Reflective Report.
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