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  1. Elizabeth Freeman
    October 30, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    This is an excellent article. Several colleagues recently suggested to me that I should become a consultant in a specific area and I was absolutely intimidated. I am no longer. Not only does this explain my frustration in my managerial positions, I am a born consultant. Thank you so much.

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  2. Don Shapiro
    October 30, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

    Glad this article helped give you some insight into yourself and your talents. If I can save someone a few years in figuring this out, it’s all worthwhile.

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  3. I Wang
    August 9, 2015 @ 10:49 am

    I loved this article, Don. I have been wanting to become a consultant, but my family is from a medical background. However, now I am almost certain that I should follow my dream career path because I related extremely well to this article. May I ask–which tests did you take and how did you find them?

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    • Don Shapiro
      February 11, 2022 @ 7:06 pm

      Oh, I can’t believe I’m just now responding to your question from over seven years ago. My apologies. My work has pulled me in so many directions I haven’t been going back to review the comments here. My bad.

      In the late 1970’s, I went through a UCLA individual and customized career guidance program. Even back then, I believe I paid $350 for it.

      I met with an industrial psychologist who specialized in evaluating people about their careers. After a two hour discussion where he learned a lot about me, he selected a battery to testing instruments that he felt would be right for me. Each person they dealt had their own customized test battery. Not only were the test selected for me, he also selected the norm groups I would be compared against. That turned out to be critical.

      Based on what he learned about me, one of the test he had me take was on problem solving. It was a series of case studies from actual business situations. I then had to write out what I was saw as the problem and how I would solve it. So it was all essay answers. That partially explains why this program cost so much.

      For that particular test, the norm group selected were CEO’s. At the time, I was in the my late twenties but he felt it would be helpful for me to be compared against CEO’s on business problem solving. I scored in the 98% level on that test meaning I outscored 98% of CEO’s who had taken it.

      While it took me a few years more to figure my future out, I kept seeing myself excel whenever I was confronted with a problem in a way others couldn’t. Hope this helps.

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