Martha Van Zyl

Head of Social Media

  • Professional

Technical skills

Writing Proofreading Copy editing Translation Project management

Areas of interest

Employee wellness Crafting Blogging Reading Learning
Teaching

Summary

Personality
How they behave
Motivations
What they want to do
Reasoning
What they are capable of doing

Talent

Personal pitch

I am a writer with a track record in various industries, including education, technology, pharmaceuticals, FMCG, animal and pet care among others. I'm a voracious consumer of podcasts and audiobooks, and in my free time, I enjoy knitting, cross-stitching and updating my lifestyle blog. I readily adapt to situations and do what is necessary to get the job done.


Shape

Behavioural style

SHAPE SHAPE + DRIVE
Highly motivating aspect that will make them feel fulfilled.
Influence
Influence

Definition

Build relationships / Take the lead / Unite and mobilise

Behaviours in the "influence" category are linked with providing direction. They include developing a professional network, managing teams, making decisions and being motivated to get ideas across. These behaviours provide insight on a person's natural ability to mobilise others and the way they establish relationships.

Build relationships
Take the lead
Unite and mobilise
Cooperate
Cooperate

Definition

Communicate with diplomacy / Provide support / Work collaboratively

Behaviours in the "Cooperate" category are linked to facilitating collective work. They include mediating interactions between people, solving conflict, making use of the team's resources, and providing support for others. These behaviours provide insight on a person's natural ability to evolve within a group.

Communicate with diplomacy
Provide support
Work collaboratively
Think
Think

Definition

Anticipate challenges / Develop a vision / Innovate

Behaviours in the "think" category are linked to conceiving projects. They include designing strategies, identifying project risks, evaluating tasks and activities, and contributing new ideas. These behaviours provide insight on a person's natural ability to process abstract rather than practical concepts.

Anticipate challenges
Develop a vision
Innovate
Act
Act

Definition

Take initiative / Plan and organise / Inspect and Improve

Behaviours in the "act" category are linked to obtaining results. They include launching projects, implementing action plans, monitoring outcomes, or controlling production quality. These behaviours provide insight on a person's natural ability to understand practical rather than abstract concepts.

Take initiative
Plan and organise
Inspect and Improve
Feel
Feel

Definition

Spread enthusiasm / React swiftly / Handle stress

Behaviours in the "feel" category are linked to controlling one's emotions. They include managing stress, investing one's energy, and radiating a positive vibe. These behaviours provide insight on a person's natural ability to express and channel their emotions in different contexts.

Spread enthusiasm
React swiftly
Handle stress
Development potential
Highly developed:
Higher than 80% of people
Well developed:
Higher than 60% of people
Moderately developed:
Higher than 40% of people
Slightly developed:
Lower than 60% of people
Undeveloped:
Lower than 80% of people

Personal style: Partner

Producing high quality work is a priority for Martha Van Zyl. Thorough, precise and structured, they strive to avoid mistakes in their work. Their diligent attitude is the result of the importance they place on other people's point of view. They listen to ideas, suggestions, and feedback. They are therefore easy to work with, giving others space, providing support as needed, and performing their tasks meticulously.

Main strengths

Relationship management
  • They establish genuine relationships and show an interest in people.
  • They involve others in decision-making and are a team player.
  • They get straight to the point, avoid overstating.
Work management
    They are concise, get straight to the point, and work quickly.
    They have a practical approach, geared towards action.
    They are very proactive and find it easy to come up with new ideas.
Emotional management
    They are responsive, very energetic and have a sense of urgency.
    They show discernment and make judgments based on facts.
    They ensure their decisions are reliable by assessing the outcomes.

Talents

#attentive #sincere #tolerant #takes part #practical #creative #conservative #to the point #delegates #formalistic #responsive #factual #reassuring

Areas of improvement

    They could practice positive detachment to avoid feeling personally affected by what happens to others.
    They could be quicker to decide when the team does not manage to reach an agreement. This would allow them to advance more rapidly.
    They could probably avoid making mistakes if they checked their work before delivering it.

Drive

What motivates them the most...

Having autonomy
Having clearly defined tasks
Maintaining personal balance

What motivates them the least...

Excelling every day
Having influence
Seeking competition

How they manage their energy

Martha Van Zyl's main drivers lead them to prioritise stability. They channel their energy into getting sound bearings and establishing reliable points of reference. They enjoy being able to establish an even rhythm for their daily activity at work. They avoid making decisions that may put them in a position of uncertainty.

The activities they prefer

COORDINATE
Interact

The role of coordinator highly suits Martha Van Zyl. They are particularly motivated by working with a team in order to achieve objectives. They enjoy setting deadlines and communicating on the advancement of projects. They could find it frustrating to not be involved in this type of activity.

ANALYSE
Reflect

Analysing is an activity that highly suits Martha Van Zyl. They particularly enjoy understanding the links between data and being able to draw reliable conclusions. It is important for them that conducting analyses be one of the key tasks in the projects that are entrusted to them, so they can feel truly fulfilled.

ORGANISE
Act

Organising work is an activity in which Martha Van Zyl takes particular pleasure. They prefer that projects be structured before any work actually begins. They also want to produce work that is quantifiable and respects set deadlines.

The work environment they prefer

#fun #method #relaxed #respect #friendly #organisation #humour #proximity #process

Their management style

EMPATHETIC
Collaborators first
PARTICIPATIVE
And you, what do you think?

What this means

Martha Van Zyl is a manager whose foremost concern is the team's wellbeing. They strive to listen to others and take their individual limitations into account. They are an inspiration for employees who prefer a manager that acknowledges human aspects instead of focusing solely on results. They are motivated by teamwork and by fostering a collective spirit.

The management style they seek

PARTICIPATIVE
And you, what do you think?
EMPATHETIC
Collaborators first

Their ideal manager

Martha Van Zyl expects a manager to be concerned foremost with the team's well-being. They need a manager who will listen to them with compassion, and who takes individual limitations into account. The leader who inspires them and whom they trust is one who acknowledges human aspects instead of focusing solely on results. They are motivated by teamwork and collective development.

The culture in which they blossom

Flexibility Control Relationships Results Collaboration Innovation Organisation Competition
Best fit
Good fit

The ideal culture for them

Martha Van Zyl thrives in cultures geared towards relationships and a collective spirit, where human aspects are prioritised, and everyone feels like they belong. This means environments where rules are adapted to ensure everyone's needs are accounted for, and where mutual respect is a top value. They avoid results-driven or data-driven workplaces, preferring cultures centred around collaboration and collective projects. They consider it important that this mindset be shared across the company.


brain

Their way of thinking

Preferred tasks Intermediate

Capacity to work autonomously.

Decision-making Quick

Tendency to move quickly from one task to the next, without lingering on obstacles.

Learning style Innovate

Ability to easily assimilate new concepts through analysis.

How they learn new skills and concepts

Martha Van Zyl has a considerable aptitude for assimilating new knowledge. They can learn from advice and from information they gather on their own. Although they can find it helpful, they do not necessarily have to put new skills into practice in order to master them.

Martha Van Zyl's natural tendency is to learn by testing out ideas first, then potentially reassessing them as necessary based on experience. They do not need to know everything on a subject before allowing themselves to experiment. Understanding the basics is enough for them, after which they need to swing into action.