A-player A-Player 67%

Colm O'Brien is an "A-Player" type profile.

A-Player profiles have unusually strong adaptability, learn very quickly and are strongly action-oriented. They have a tendency to succeed and progress easily, regardless of the environment in which they're likely to evolve.

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Colm O'Brien

Business Developer @ AssessFirst

  • Business development
  • Master


enthusiastic team-player leadership creative problem-solver
logical communication

Points of interest

tech start-up psychology mental health music


How he behaves
What he wants to do
What he can do


Personal Pitch

Background in Social Sciences and Mental Health- experience in leading teams and implementing and creating new processes and strategies. Bilingual in French and English I'm at my best when working alongside others- engaging people responding to problems and finding solutions.


Preferred behaviours

Demonstrate dynamism
Channel energy
Manage stress
Have critical thinking
Design strategies
Organise and execute
Manage change
Demonstrate proactivity
Develop relationship
Lead people
Communicate tactfully
Support others
Distinctive potential
Recognised potential
Easily mobilised potential
Potential to be developed

Personal style

Rarely short of ideas, Colm O'Brien readily takes the initiative. He likes provoking change in his work and needs to be highly stimulated so as not to become bored. He makes sure that his suggestions are acceptable to the people he works with. He is in touch with people and prefers making decisions as a group. He is both able to move forward and question himself on the basis of feedback he receives. In addition, he can strengthen ties within teams.

His strong points

In his relation to others
  • He is modest, does not try to make a name for himself.
  • He makes decisions completely independently and proceeds with his work on his own.
  • He gets straight to the point in his comments, does not go overboard.
In his working style
  • He finds handling unexpected events easy and is able to improvise.
  • He strives for excellence and is not satisfied with the bare minimum.
  • He is very proactive and finds it easy to come up with new ideas.
In his emotional management
  • He "tries things out" and is willing to take risks.
  • He is calm and collected and is not thrown off balance by external events.
  • He radiates enthusiasm and sees the bright side of things.

Talent Tags

#modesty #attentive #approachable #direct #sincere #open #independent #creative #change #improvises #delegates #initiative #calm #Enthusiastic #takes risks

How he could be more effective

  • He would benefit from sometimes better measuring risks and limiting the consequences of his decisions before beginning.
  • He could give more notice to others about his work by planning it rigorously.
  • He would benefit from being more assertive in his relationships, putting his points of view across.


What drives him ...

Meet new people
Making a positive impact on the world
Create new things

And what motivates him less

Analyse data
Worry about quality
Having attractive remuneration

The way he manages his energy

Colm O'Brien orients his energy almost exclusively towards the search for new challenges. He likes that things move and generally makes sure to always be at the centre of the action. What he needs is a fast pace that does not leave room for boredom. For him, taking risks is essential. Stability annoys rather than reassures him.

The activities he prefers


Designing is an essential activity in which Colm O'Brien feels fully engaged. Contributing his imagination and ideas is, indeed, crucial for him because he draws a lot of energy and interest from it. It is one of the ways he finds satisfaction in his work.


This activity can absolutely suit Colm O'Brien in the sense that it involves a detached view and a decisive decision-making on a subject. He enjoys challenging others' points of view and bringing his perspective to a subject. He likes being able to demonstrate independence in his judgements.


Making sure a job is promoted is an activity that particularly interests Colm O'Brien. He very much enjoys working with a large number of people and asserting his ideas. It is important for him to be able to do this on a daily basis.

The environment he seeks

#fun #flexibility #casual #freedom #friendly #permissiveness #humour #proximity #adaptability

The management style he uses

Come with me
And you, what do you think?

What this means

Colm O'Brien is a manager who listens to others and defines the team's objectives collectively. He thinks it's important to involve the whole team in achieving goals. He explains the reason behind the work to be done, and is less concerned about the required results than the best way to achieve them.

The management style he seeks

Come with me
Try this

How should he be managed?

Colm O'Brien expects a manager to inspire and make progress on a personal level. He needs to be guided in his work by someone who has an action plan for him. He looks for a mentor in whom he can trust. He is motivated by a leader who pushes him towards a collective objective, but who demonstrates a capability to take into account the singularities of each person.

The culture in which he blossoms

Flexibility Control Relationships Results Collaboration Innovation Competition Organisation
Preferred culture
Secondary culture

What's the best environment for his development?

The ideal work environment for Colm O'Brien must leave freedom for everyone to attain their objectives as they like. For him, some basic principles are enough and each person must be responsible in the way they behave and contribute to the organisation. He seeks a culture that values the result, without sacrificing understanding and collaboration in the teams. He also needs to be stimulated and be able to observe developments in the work produced. He can be easily bored if he find his work environment too stable.


His way of thinking

Preferred work Complex

Analyse situations
Manipulate data
Manage the unexpected

Decision-making Reasoned

He prefers spending a little more time making sure his decisions are good.

Learning style Deepens

Relies on reflections and proven concepts to progress.

Problems he can deal with

Analysing information and making subsequent decisions is one of the activities that Colm O'Brien does particularly well. He likes the factual aspect of information and is able to take a position confidently on thought out matters. He can be trusted to make reliable decisions.
Reasoning from numerical information is something Colm O'Brien does easily. He is, indeed, comfortable analysing tables, graphs, and doing mathematical calculations. Data is more accessible for him that other kinds of formats and he has a particular receptiveness in this area.