Gentle, quiet, soft-spoken, the cultured demeanour of a Direct Resource often hides a razor-sharp mind. Frequently reserved, it can be hard to know what is on a Direct Resource profile’s mind. Most important of all, the Direct Resource firmly believes in the power of knowledge.

Jack Ma’s attitude towards lifelong learning has been the key to his success. As a young boy, he taught himself English by learning by conversing with English-speaking staff at the Hangzhou International Hotel. He practiced his skill by conducting tours for English-speaking tourists. He graduated with a degree in teaching and was a lecturer when he first learned about the internet. He taught himself how to build an ‘ugly’ website (his words, not mine!). Every step of the way, he learned and then he pioneered.

Recognizing Your Direct Resource Boss

Your Direct Resource boss would tend to be highly analytical. He (or she) would always want to know the why and how of things. He would be a veritable font of knowledge with a sensitive barometer for other people’s emotional changes.

He can study intricate processes with absolute attention to details. He will always strive to be thorough in order to achieve as high a level of perfection as possible. He would be the first to invest in knowledge because he firmly believes that knowledge is the only avenue for advancement.

As a leader, your Direct Resource boss would tend to be bureaucratic. He goes firmly by the book, giving little leeway for creative exploration.

Your Direct Resource Boss Under Pressure

Under pressure, your Direct Resource boss would display a tendency to isolate himself. He may become so wrapped up in his own problems that he ends up alienating the rest of the team. He may spend too much time analyzing the problem, to the point that important decisions may be delayed.

How To Deal With Your Direct Resource Boss

A Direct Resource boss can be a great supporter to have on your side as you work on simultaneously keeping your job while creating a second career.

Bank on his knowledge. Many Direct Resource profiles tend to know a lot of things, but they may not do anything about that knowledge. Sitting high up in their ivory tower, many Direct Resource profiles simply lack the will to turn theory into practice. If you can position yourself as a recipient of said know-how, and turn those academic ideals into pragmatic solutions, you will be indispensable to your Direct Resource boss.

Help him share his knowledge. As the Direct Resource profile is all about knowledge – gaining and sharing knowledge – another way to become indispensable to your Direct Resource boss could be to help him create a platform or a system where he can share his knowledge with others.

Note: If you’ve missed my first post for this series, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

In all this, I must stress that you cannot ‘fix’ another person’s chart. Only the owner can do so, if he or she wishes to. The strategies offered here are designed to put you in a position that either complements the strengths or fills in the blind spots of that particular profile.

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