Why Bulls, Owls, Tigers, and Lambs Matter to Your Practice

Jun 25, 2018 | Practice Management

Personality tests are an excellent way to understand the behavior and social tendencies of your staff and yourself. Meyer’s Briggs (MBT) is the gold standard of this genre, but it takes training to administer and interpret the result.

Fortunately, there’s a fast-food personality test that’s accurate and fast. It’s called BOLT (Bulls, Owls, Tigers and Lambs).
If you’re a Bull, you’re thinking, “what could this possibly have to do with my practice?” Read the descriptions of the personality types below, and then we’ll talk.


  • Gets to the bottom line quickly
  • Seeks control
  • Blunt
  • No frills, just facts
  • Hard to convince


  • Analytical
  • Detail-oriented
  • Deep thinker
  • Methodical
  • Takes time to make a decision
  • Introspective


  • Slow to decide and often change their minds (high buyer’s remorse)
  • Understands your mistakes and feels badly about their mistakes
  • Very emotional – avoids conflict
  • Security is more important than prestige and status
  • Can be an introvert or an extrovert
  • Hard to read feelings


  • Not into details
  • Fast to decide and is “messy messy”
  • Fun-loving
  • Expressive
  • Wears feelings on the outside
  • Impulsive
  • Self-confident
  • Extroverted

By now, you probably have a trial snapshot of yourself, and some of your staff. There are numerous uses of this information, but first keep in mind that almost everyone has personality traits of each animal. For example,

  • Don’t be late for a meeting with an Owl
  • Send your Tiger out for screenings and presentations
  • A Bull will be useful in a crisis
  • Lambs are great with patients

Bolt Download the BOLT test here. This is a great subject for a staff meeting. Let people share and see how you can put your newfound knowledge to work.