Back in the day when I was in Elementary School, we learned a bit about the ancient Greeks and their civilization. During those weeks of study, I willingly got up early in the morning while the house was still silent. Examining drawings of the Parthenon in Athens, how Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian columns differed, and the origin of the Olympic games fascinated me. In College, I went so far as to get a minor in Ancient Greek. I saw value in the ideal of having a healthy mind in a healthy body, mens sana in corpore sano, loved all types of sports, and knew that training the intellect also was a good predictor of achieving personal success in life.
Many years later, my colleague at work John Bailor suggested I read Positive Personality Profiles by Robert Rohm, Ph.D. In this book, the author explains that the father of modern medicine around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, postulated that there were four personality types corresponding to major liquids in the human body: 1) yellow bile, the active type, choleric; 2) blood, the lively type, sanguine; 3) phlegm, the slow type, phlegmatic; and, 4) black bile, the dark type, melancholy.
Although our way of expressing certain ideas may have changed drastically, human nature remains stable.
What combination of latent personality traits make the workplace, a role, one’s career more productive, innovative, and satisfying?
Kunze Analytics works to answer this question. No one should be tempted to shrug their shoulders, through up their hands and say: That’s Greek to me.