There are a number of well-known systems for classifying people's personalities according to various measures such as introversion-extroversion, and organisations often use these schemes to categorise their staff. Unfortunately, such methods do not capture a number of the most important aspects of an individual within an organisation; any corporate employee knows that whether someone is (for example) extroverted or introverted is much less critical than (say) how important they are. The Lipson-Shiu test attempts to remedy this and other oversights by classifying along four alternative axes:
It is important to note that none of these terms should be construed as a negative value judgement. For example, a "Stupid" person should not be able to deduce that they are less capable than an intelligent person and an "Unimportant" person shouldn't be told that their existence is irrelevant to those in charge. And certainly no-one could doubt the value of "Evil" employees to a large corporation or expect all their staff to be "Lawful"!
To assess your L-S type, the following diagnostic test has been devised. Once you have taken the test, you can score your answers and compare your results with each of the sixteen personality archetypes listed below. A word of warning: the test was compiled by ICUEs, so if you don't like the results, don't expect sympathy.
The ILIG is the ideal person to be in charge of anything: trustworthy, effective and devoted to the cause. Unfortunately, none have yet been found. If the test evaluated you as this you are probably an ILIE or ILUE (and covering it well) or a SCUG or SCUE (and not safe to be typing on anything electrical).
The ILIE has probably carved a ruthless trail to the top, but left no evidence of it. At least, if you find the bodies you're in very bad trouble. Highly adept at serving their own ends, ILIEs are not people to be on the wrong side of. Here is someone who has made the system work for them (examples: Sir Humphrey, Lex Luthor).
The ILUG is that rarest of underlings: the one whom you can trust to understand what you're telling them and then rely on to get the job done. In any organisation, these are the people who actually do the work. (example: Florence Nightingale)
Keep a close eye on these guys. They will follow instructions to the letter and use all their power and ingenuity to go against the spirit of what was intended. When you feel the sharp pain in your back, that is almost certainly the ILUE (example: Draco Malfoy)
A bubbling energetic type often with boundless energy and a short attention span. Has a pattern of getting enthused about a project, starting it up and leaving the rest to others (example: Maria von Trapp)
A sadistic type who, rather than building an evil empire (though that may be a fringe benefit), devotes their time and considerable talents to making the world as unpleasant as possible. Often found in charge of human resources or very very large software companies.
The ICUG is given to solitude and shoe staring. He or she loves little puzzles and is often a good source of off-the-wall, innovative ideas. Best left to their own devices with only occasional steering (example: Leonardo da Vinci)
Displaying many of the same traits as the ICUG, the ICUE combines these with a dangerously antisocial streak. May employ someone called Igor and mutter things like "Small minded fools! I'll show them all!" (example: Victor Frankenstein)
Particularly skilled at those aspects of life that do not involve thought, SLIGs tend to be popular. As overseers, they tend to adopt a hands-off approach (it obviates the need to understand things). They like things best when everyone is quietly and happily toeing the party line. Examples are common in the third and later generations of wealthy dynasties, especially among royalty.
Although clueless, SLIEs should not be thought of as harmless. They have an inflexible mindset, which they devote to making mindless drones of their subordinates by e.g. forcing them to attend management training courses of dubious utility and gruelling tedium. They are not difficult to outsmart, but can be very hard to remove (Example: Nute Gunray)
Worthy but dull. The SLUGs of this world can be relied on to follow orders unquestioningly. These individuals are highly prized for low-skill tasks like middle management, and make excellent drones (Example: Forrest Gump).
SLUEs are individuals with a grudge against society. Frustrated by their perceived lack of worth, they compensate by using petty rules and regulations to obstruct the lives of others. They lack the imagination to operate outside of these boundaries and so are dangerous only on their own turf (Example: Basil Fawlty).
The best possible boss for people who don't like having a boss. The SCIG is a benign incompetent and the only challenge is to stop them from coming to harm by walking into walls, etc. Not big on plans or ideas, SCIGs generally leave people to their own devices (Example: Jerry Lewis)
The exact form of the problems that arise from the SCIE are hard to predict, since even the SCIE doesn't know. The SCIE is able to generate random acts of cruelty without effort or intention. Just stay out of their way and try to find shelter (Example: Cthulhu)
The SCUG is a cruel joke on the part of nature. He or she wanders from disaster to disaster with only the best of intentions, but with none of the facilities required to fulfil them. Can be found by following the sounds of the words "Oops" and "Sorry" (Examples: Jar Jar Binks, Frank Spencer)
In Murphy's law terms, the SCUE is the thing that can and will go wrong. The most useless of underlings, the SCUE is the last person you want on your team. They cannot follow or understand instructions; they can find the best way to sabotage your efforts with the precision of an idiot savant. There is a good case for shooting them on sight, but it is usually better to pay them to work for your competition. (Example: Toad).
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