Profile A * intellectual IMAGINATIVE * a BASIC Profile *
When IMAGINATION is supported by THOUGHT -- vision and intuition
by rationality and logic -- jobs are favored that contain a
significant theoretical component. Examples include the theoretical
sciences and mathematics, and in general, scientific research for
its own sake rather than for any specific purpose now or in the
future. Oddly, this Sector does not possess the rigor of Sector B
with its emphasis on the intellectual, but is, rather, more likely
to include a hunch-playing approach that might seem on the surface
to have no strictly scientific basis. It's science all right! But
it is packed with an intuitive content that defies pinning down.
If the data are looking for a unifying theory; if that which has
been until now rather amorphous is to be given form; if the abstract
is finally to make sense; Profile A is the Sector where it can
happen. Here it is possible, owing to the strong influence of
intuition and supporting intellect, to generate
speculation-with-accuracy on the basis of data which, to others,
might look skimpy. Sector A has a powerful capacity for leaping
ahead and producing theoretical gaps. The penalty associated with
this vision is that the gaps so formed must ultimately be filled by
means of scrupulous testing in the crucible of facts and reality
where results can be impersonally reproduced.
Profile A emphasizes synthesis. Analysis is performed as needed.
The theoretical aspects of the hard sciences, including medical
research, with strong emphasis on concepts and principles, require
an integration of what may seem at first to be
unrelated material. It is in Profile A that relationships among
diverse sources are identified and theoretical sense made. This
is pioneering science.
Profile A can work to good effect in Sector B; however, certain
conditions have to be met. It is important that schedules and
deadlines be as flexible as possible. There should be the
opportunity to follow interesting leads, even if they ultimately
prove useless. The latitude to respond to hunches is a must!
Administration and paperwork unrelated to science should be
minimized. Profile A loathes bureaucracy and bean counting,
probably to a greater extent than any Profile other than H. It
can neither understand nor tolerate being pestered for
completion schedules while facing the unknown.
With INTROVERSION, Profile A will delve deeply into the abstract
and ultimately make sense of it, sense that may, however, be
hard to comprehend. Also within this Profile is the source of
much valuable teaching at the highest levels of advanced education
in the sciences. With EXTRAVERSION, the Profile provides
pioneering leadership through uncharted theoretical waters by
means of original principles and concepts. This capacity is
realized in high-technology organizations that are usually small
to medium in size, or in laboratories attached to large
institutions such as universities or national laboratories.
Profile A's are best led by other A's, by B's whom they can
respect, or, conceivably, by H's. Any leadership efforts by
others will customarily be viewed with little interest but much