Our personalities vary greatly from one of us to the other, and they extend themselves to our soap, body products and candles. Even so, it seems to me that we are one of two types: Producers or Processors.
Producers get their enjoyment out of producing their product. They do not feel the need to try each ingredient under the sun, nor every product that can be made. They find a formula and stick with it. If it’s good, it’s good enough. Their satisfaction comes in getting that large order out the door, and they don’t mind doing it over and over again.
Processors, on the other hand, get their joy and satisfaction from the R&D (research and development) part of the experience. They are constantly tweaking formulas and trying new things. If they hear about a new product, they want to try it, and only money and lack of space keep them from buying everything they see. They live for the experience of creating.
It’s not hard to see then, what challenges face each type of artisan. The Producer finds it easier to narrow down products and scents to a manageable number and disciplines herself to stick with the plan. The daily production tasks are an agreeable challenge that she takes great joy in. Nevertheless, the Producer may rush into manufacturing a product without thoroughly testing how it performs or knowing whether it is a product her customers will prefer.
Conversely, the Processor may take a long time to get a product to market or standardizing his formula, but once he does, it will be a fantastic, well thought-out product. The Processor is also likely to find time constraints a challenge, and he may get bored of producing the same products over and over until the entire business becomes more of a grind and less of a joy.
Does this mean that one or the other is not suited for business? Not at all. Where this insight helps us is in learning to cope with our shortcomings and in capitalizing on our strengths.
If you are a Producer, realize that you will get things done, but may need to force yourself to curb your enthusiasm to finish and sit down and analyze your formulas, encourage your own creativity and make a plan to test out products.
If you are a Processor, be sure to plan your schedule and business goals with checkpoints so that you don’t get lost in your work. Give yourself some leeway for creating something different so that you don’t become bored. Even varying your production schedule may help keep you satisfied.
If you get help, choose someone who has skills and a temperament contrary to yours. This may seem counter-intuitive, but it will keep you on your toes. How much help you need depends upon each person and the situation; however, being honest with yourself about our needs will lead to greater success and satisfaction.
Can you identify yourself in these descriptions? How do you cope and use your personality to best advantage?
Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.