Are you a high self-monitorer?

Hi. I’m Brad and I’m an EXTREMELY high self-monitorer.

“Self-monitoring is the ability and desire to regulate one’s public expressiveness to fit the clues and/or requirements of the situation.”

I recall learning about self-monitoring back in the mandatory Psych class at Clarkson.

This Self-Monitoring Scale page has a little test, if you’re interested in finding out about yourself.

It says that high-self monitorers “are often more effective than low self-monitors in jobs that require boundary spanning (communicating and interacting with different groups of people who, because of contrasting goals, training, or skills “speak different languages”).” Yep, that’s me!

It also says high-self monitorers make good CEOs and organizational development specialists. Having recently completed an organizational assessment of our Communications & Networking Systems group here at Stanford, I have to agree. The work came very naturally to me. I hope to get more involved in analyzing and defining organizations in the future.

3 thoughts on “Are you a high self-monitorer?”

  1. You may remember me as as the 70-year old UT prof who sent you a note of salute a while back. I came out of retirement this past term to teach at UBC in Vancouver, and when my sponsors demanded that I give a public lecture, instead of talking about something I know about, I ‘covered’ blogs, more or less. You’re one of the two bloggers that I have a great deal of respect for, and so I thought you’d be interested in what was said back on November 20th. Go to, then click in the right-hand column on Lecture, and maybe two-thirds through the lecture, there’s the word “enthusiasm” and a paragraph (too short really) about what you’re up to. (The other blogger that I highly value that I’m going to send a similar note to is Matt Welch, also of California.)
    I hope all is going grandly, and thanks for all your posts and design deftness.

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