IT Management Slideshow: 12 Tech Behaviors: What They Really Say About You

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-14-2010

12 Tech Behaviors: What They Really Say About You

"I'm on a half-dozen or more social network sites every day."This says: You're determined and ambitious. You gain rewards by building a lifetime of valuable connections. On the troublesome side, however, you may spread yourself too thin.

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"I'm always checking my iPhone when dining with my significant other."This says: You may be commitment and/or intimacy challenged. In the office, you may detach yourself emotionally from colleagues, ultimately hurting your career.

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"I keep every single piece of e-mail I've ever received."This says: You're a pack rat, and maybe even compulsive. On the plus side, you may be perceived as the top "institutional authority" within your organization - the one who can be depended upon to keep track of everything that's happened over the years.

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"I Google every source I can before buying a tech toy."This says: You make smart, informed decisions. As a manager, you are highly analytical.

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"I do status updates 10 times a day."This says: You feel "invisible" out there. You could be the kind of manager who's always writing a memo to the "big bosses" simply to justify your existence.

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"I curse at my computer screen when it freezes up, or the Internet connection is slow."This says: You feel like you always have to be in control, even of situations that you have no control over. Your employees may feel that you'd be happier if you did all of their jobs for them.

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"I'm always texting when I drive."This says: You're narcissistic and somewhat reckless. At work, you likely think that the rules don't apply to you.

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"I'll keep a tech device for years. Being 'trendy' means nothing to me."This says: You're thrifty and manage resources well. You're also likely to keep a car for 200,000-plus miles, and are equally nurturing and invested in your personal and professional relationships.

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"I never replace a gadget - ever. Even if it's beyond the point of usefulness."This says: You're resistant to change. As a manager, you may be in danger of ignoring important business shifts.

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"I never remember to charge my mobile devices."This says: You're a classic absent-minded genius, so lost in thinking "big thoughts" that the little things slip by.

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"I only communicate via Email or text. I don't do phone or face-to-face."This says: You're highly efficient. But, that efficiency comes at the price of appearing aloof.

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"I'm always Googling myself."This says: You're insecure about what people are saying about you. It's OK to be mindful of your public persona - so long as you don't allow this to overwhelm you.

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