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Executive Office of the President Uses FIRO-B for Team Development

Jul 22, 2016 in CPP Connect | 0 comments

To provide the President of the United States with the support that he or she needs to govern effectively, the Executive Office of the President (EOP) was created in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The EOP has responsibility for tasks ranging from communicating the President’s message to the American people to promoting our trade interests abroad. Overseen by the White House Chief of Staff, the EOP has traditionally been home to many of the President’s closest advisors, including the Council of Economic Advisers, the Council on Environmental Quality, the National Security Council, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and many more. With all these important advisors working together, you can bet that at some time or another, their priorities will not all align and teamwork would be crucial. But did you know that the Executive Office of the President also has a Chief Learning Officer? The CLO serves as a program analyst primarily responsible for implementing Office of Management and Budget’s comprehensive learning strategy and managing the learning and development program, among other things. Through TechValidate, our third party research platform, we recently learned a little more about how the EOP is using the FIRO-B® assessment in their learning and development program. Take a look at the case study below to learn more:        ...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—INFP Preferences in Overdrive

Jul 21, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

The drive over goes by quickly, though at one point the rain and wind at 4,000 feet up is a little scary. Our destination is thankfully much closer to sea level, and by the time we get to the town of Volcano the rain stops. All around us is nothing but green…wet green trees, bushes, and moss. This is my second time to Volcano, and I’m so happy to be back. The driveway to our Airbnb home welcomes us down a curved passageway to finally come to a stop next to the large house. It has been a long day, starting with our flights from San Jose with a layover in Seattle to arriving in Kona and then driving across the island. The lockbox opens after my second try. We take off our shoes as the owner had instructed and walk into a cool and clean home in the middle of a rainforest. Ahhh! We unload the car and take our luggage up to the rooms. I give my parents the master bedroom with the large tub and big bed. Kevin and I get the room with the queen bed, and Terri takes the room with two doubles. She was planning on sharing that room with Cindy, but that will have to wait until we are on the resort tomorrow, back on the Kona side of the island. I wish Cindy had made it and hope her flight in doesn’t experience any more trouble. She is very self-reliant, and I know she will be okay. Kevin notices I’m quiet and probably worrying about something and/or someone. This happens to me when my INFP preferences are in overdrive. He reassures me that the trip is going well and Cindy is fine. This helps me remember that I need to check in with the extraverted world a bit more or I can find myself getting lost in my own thoughts and worries. In type dynamics terms it means relying on my second (auxiliary) mental process, Ne (a perceiving mental process), a bit more, instead of letting my favorite (dominant) process, Fi (a judging mental process), overrule everything. When I use extraverted Intuition it helps me check possibilities with others more fully before coming to decisions or judgments too quickly. Sorry for getting too technical. If you want to read more about type dynamics, I highly recommend Introduction to Type® Dynamics and...

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Optimize Your MBTI® Step II™ Training With a New Tool

Jul 19, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Helping people deepen their MBTI® experience by applying Step IITM insights is an important part of what you do. Upgrade your practitioner toolbox with our new workshop facilitation kit, “Introducing MBTI® Step II™ Results.” Designed to align with the refreshed Step II reports and save you prep time, this kit includes everything you need to deliver a high-quality introductory Step II workshop: Workshop-ready: comprehensive, ready-to-deploy presentation slides and training materials with engaging visuals Comes with expert guidance: includes facilitator notes with workshop instructions, a recommended script, and more! All-digital content: conveniently loaded on a USB flash drive Learn more! Need a quick refresher on the Step II facets? Watch this video for my unique take on the facets. To learn more about other refreshed MBTI Step II products, visit

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Extraverted Intuition Meets Introverted Sensing

Jul 14, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Hawaii (the Big Island) is like no other Hawaiian island. It has so many different landscapes from one part to the next. As we drive along the newly renovated Senator Daniel Inouye Highway, patches of lava rock intermingle with plants and small trees. We pass a few small neighborhoods as well and dream as we see an occasional “For Sale” sign. As soon as we got on a straightaway, I was sure everyone in the back seat will be sound asleep. Instead, we are all wide awake, looking around and not wanting to miss anything, while still catching up on all that has been going on in our lives over the past few years. While this trip is about celebrating our parents’ 60th anniversary, it is also the first time the entire family has been together in almost 30 years. Amazing. We all stay in touch via email, phone, and Facebook, but we have not all been in the same physical space in a very long time. As the conversations begin, I’m immediately aware of Kevin’s and my preference for Introversion. When it is just the two of us, Kevin and I can spend a few hours in the car and say little to nothing to each other. We both go into our own space, though I tend to share my “what-ifs” when I’m taking in information (extraverted Intuition). I’ve learned that this can disrupt Kevin’s perceiving experience (he introverts Sensing), so I have learned to temper my approach, and he has learned to take a deep breath and come out of his introverted space to hear me. Back in the car, Kevin and I listen quietly to Terri, my Mom, and my Dad, and answer questions as they come our way. It’s nice and familiar to be with my family this way. I’m realizing that I need to make sure I get more time with them sooner rather than later. If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Day One Adventure Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Out-of-Preference Planful Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—We Have Arrived! Celebrating a 60th Wedding...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Day One Adventure

Jul 12, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

My plan upon arrival in Hawaii is meant to take us down the west coast of Hawaii and down and under the south end, where we will end up in Volcano. I’ve rented a house through Airbnb that is just one mile outside Volcano National Park. My early plan, until the switch to our itinerary, was to have an early lunch around the south tip of the island. Now that we are past lunch, I figure we can get into the house just in time for dinner. This will then give us time to visit Volcano National Park tonight and again tomorrow. My mom has two wishes for this trip: a luau and a volcano. I have tried to tell her that she would not be seeing lava spewing out anywhere, but I doubt she has really heard that. Based on the time I have calculated (yes, I’m overusing Planful already), this route should take us two-and-a-half hours. However, Google Maps has a better route that takes us way up and over the center of the island, and so we take it. We load the car to the brim and then squeeze my mom’s walker in last. Kevin gets behind the wheel of our gigantic Yukon rental. The SVU smells of fresh plumeria as we head out on our day one adventure. If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Out-of-Preference Planful Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—We Have Arrived! Celebrating a 60th Wedding...

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