Boss Quiz: Are You a Talent Manager or a Talent Muncher?


Find out if you are a Talent Manager, a Talent Muncher, or something in between with this nearly scientific quiz. Write down your answers and compare to the key below!

  1. You have an open door policy for your team…
    1. Always
    2. Sometimes, but I give them criteria for when they can interrupt
    3. In hell.
  1. Your staff share personal problems with you…
    1. They hold nothing back, it’s play-by-play
    2. Only surgeries, pet deaths, things that will keep them from work
    3. Upon pain of death.
  1. You encourage your staff to take on new responsibilities such as
    1. Tackling every opportunity that comes up
    2. Learning new skills that will help them in their next role
    3. Doing the tasks you hate.
  1. Your main focus in performance reviews is
    1. How you could serve them better
    2. What they need to succeed in the future
    3. A list of pet peeves you’ve been saving up all year.
  1. You keep up with their work by
    1. Getting itemized to-do lists from them every week
    2. Setting goals for activity and results and removing roadblocks
    3. Checking what time they arrive and leave work and what’s on their computer screens.
  1. Your idea of an appropriate holiday or birthday gift is
    1. A basket of your home-made baking
    2. A handwritten card and some time off
    3. A framed picture of you for their desk.


How did you do?

  • If you had 4 or more “A’s” then you may be more of a best buddy than an effective boss. Get your business etiquette on and set some boundaries.
  • If you had 4 or more “C’s” then you are likely the boss from hell. Do you even have a team anymore? Get some coaching Talent Muncher!
  • If you had 4 or more “B’s” then you are a good Talent Manager. Go forward and coach your fellow bosses!

About Siobhan Aspinall

About Siobhan Aspinall: I am a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), passionate about the environment, social causes and surfing. I have been fundraising in Vancouver, Canada for over 20 years and love working with people who have a fear of fundraising. Call me for help developing a first-time fundraising plan, starting up a major gifts program, writing a case for support, or anything else that's keeping you awake at night! Please find me on linkedin and tell me what you'd like to see in future posts! : ) Photo Credit (sanddollar header): Minette Layne via Compfight cc
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