The Advantages of Being Balanced

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Nebojsa Caric, a former associate from Serbia, conducted PAEI personality testing with a group of Mensa members. These are people that, because of their intelligence level, are considered to be geniuses. He also ran the same PAEI testing with another group whose intelligence was known to be below genius level, and compared the results. What he found was very interesting. The Mensa group, by and large, had very consistent PAEI personality codes with no extreme fluctuations—the PAEI codes were practically the same for each member. On the other hand, the non-Mensa test group showed highs and lows across their PAEI codes.
I wondered how it could be that the geniuses did not shine in any particular PAEI role. Their codes were “balanced,” while those that excelled in one or another (or sometimes two) areas had been deemed to be of lesser intelligence.
    Here's my insight.
    I think that when you have extremes within the code it creates internal conflicts. If the PAEI roles are competing and fighting with each other, then you are not integrated internally. Let's assume you're a big "E": you have the potential to be a tremendous innovator or entrepreneur, but that doesn't mean you will be successful because the other letters in the code are not compatible with the letter you are excelling in. Your internal conflict consumes your energy, you are left depleted, and you cannot capitalize on the strength and excellence that you have in your standout code letter. However, without PAEI code extremes, your code may feel more or less balanced, allowing you to feel more or less free from internal conflicts. When you don't have internal conflicts, all of your energy is available to deal with whatever is in front of you.
  Being an extreme personality can produce extreme contributions for your organization, but it can also bring conflict which wastes a lot of energy. It is better to have a team of average people that work together, than a team of outstanding stars who clash with one another.

Written by
Dr. Ichak Adizes
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