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MBTI Step II Thinking-Feeling Facets: The Importance of Facet Order

Aug 14, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

If you want to start this series from the beginning, take a look at the first few blogs here, here and here. When interpreting MBTI® Step II™ Interpretive Report results, practitioners tend to forget about the importance of the order of the facets (see MBTI® Step II™ Manual, pp. 22–23). We know that the first T–F facet, Logical–Empathetic, is the starting point for decision making, with the remaining facets (Reasonable–Compassionate, Questioning–Accommodating, Critical–Accepting, and Tough–Tender) following in order. While both of the first two facets report a high percentage of in-preference results, we often find that the first facet represents the decision-making style we think we should use. The second facet is likely our actual decision-making style. For example, when a client reports Logical on the first facet and Compassionate on the second facet, be sure to ask the client about this difference. Why might this difference from ideal to actual occur? Who in this person’s life (past or present) might be influencing this result? How might this difference help or hinder the person’s decision-making approach? I’ve witnessed many clients’ “aha!” moments when they look at the Thinking–Feeling facets in light of this additional information. In the next blog we’re going to cover the last two sets of facets in the Thinking-Feeling preference pair: Critical–Accepting, and Tough–Tender. As a reminder, if you need a quick overview of all the facets, you can take a look at this video I put together (and even click through to certain sections if that’s all you want to watch). Also, if you haven’t seen our new feedback cards, we’re offering this new product for both the Step I and Step II assessments. You can learn more about this new product to help practitioners give feedback for the MBTI Step II facets here and then take a look at the “how to” video...

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Team Building with the MBTI Step II Thinking-Feeling Facets

Aug 2, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

There is just so much depth with the Thinking–Feeling facets that many people only begin to explore. During the MBTI® Certification Program, I take participants through several decision-making stages—T–F facet by T–F facet. A participant asked me this week how I keep things from getting out of hand when I go through this process with working teams. She realized that it can be a powerful experience for teams and things can get a bit heated. While I don’t feel especially comfortable with conflict, I replied that sometimes you want to encourage getting those uncomfortable words out in the open so they can finally get addressed. As the facilitator of such a team-building experience, I need to work hard when conflict erupts to keep each side as open as possible to hearing what the other side has to say. I need to call out both verbal (disrespectful comments) and nonverbal (eye rolling, dismissive nodding, arm crossing) communication from team members and challenge everyone in the room to find productive ways to understand and appreciate the differences we all bring to the table. This doesn’t mean that I always succeed in getting people to completely agree. However, if I can get team members to start to hear each other’s decision-making differences, then that team is moving in the right direction. The MBTI Team Report can also come in handy here because it provides a good checklist of things for teams to keep in mind whenever they make decisions, as does drawing a team type...

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Using Personal Assessment Tools to Chart Your Path [Video]

Jul 20, 2017 in CPP Connect | 0 comments

What do you truly want to be when you grow up, regardless of where you are right now? Or how would you rather be earning a living? To find a career path, and ultimately a job that suits your interests and values, career counselors nationwide offer personality assessment tools such as the Strong Interest Inventory and the SuperStrong. In “Going Strong,” professional development experts (Catherine Rains, Karen Gonzalez, Darrell Mockus and Chris Mackey) explore how and why these assessments work, both for students who may be selecting majors or internships, and for adults who want more fulfillment in their professional as well as personal lives. Watch the video here. The below video is a great way to get a first-hand feel about the Strong Assessment from the people most passionate about it. To learn more about the SuperStrong assessment on the VitaNavis platform (brought to you by CPP Innovation Labs), visit the webpage here. “When you’re starting off in life or even if you’re in the middle of your career, you can learn a lot about yourself just by asking a few questions. Like what kind of hobbies you have, what kind of job titles interest you, what kind of physical tasks do you like to be doing, what kind of people do you like to be around. These questions tell you about your interests, and your vigor and persistence – the drive you have toward reaching those goals.”   This video is published on UCTV, the University of California Television. University of California Television (UCTV) is a public-serving media outlet featuring programming from throughout the University of California, the nation’s premier research university made up of ten campuses, three national labs and affiliated institutions. Launched in January 2000, this academic initiative embraces the core missions of the University of California — teaching, research, and public service — through quality, in-depth television that brings to life the tremendous range of knowledge, culture and dialogue generated on UC’s diverse campuses. Reaching the public through cable, online, YouTube, iTunesU, Roku, and mobile apps, UCTV transports knowledge far beyond the campus borders and into the homes and lives of inquisitive viewers around the globe. UCTV explores a broad spectrum of subjects for a general audience, including science, health and medicine, public affairs, humanities, arts and music, business, education, and agriculture. Program formats include documentaries, faculty lectures, research symposia, artistic performances and...

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MBTI Step II Facets: Can We Be Too Accommodating?

Jul 19, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

If you missed it, you can see the first blog post in this series here and the post on the other side of this facet, Questioning, here. I often ask people who report Accommodating on the MBTI® Step II™ Interpretive Report if they are too accommodating. Usually, the reply is a straightforward and accommodating “yes!” Accommodating people tend to pick their battles when faced with differences of opinion. As a result, they are sometimes seen as “wishy-washy” and as pushovers. When we accommodate too much, it might even look like we don’t care—not good if we want to be part of the decision-making process in the future. For those of us who are Accommodating, it can be very difficult to suddenly switch gears. I know when I try not to accommodate and my point of view is questioned, I just can’t help but see the other side (just like you can flex your MBTI preferences, you or your client can also practice flexing your MBTI Step II facets). This makes it difficult for me to continue to question. It might look like I’m just giving in, but I’m not. My coaching takeaway is that I need to clarify why I agree in a clear and logical way to better get my point across while also keeping in the forefront what I might have disagreed with in the first place. Want to learn more about flexing Step II Facets? Take a look at the eBook we created to explain that here. Specifically, see page 17 onward to read about flexing the Questioning and Accommodating facets. Question: In the MBTI® Certification Program, I teach three reasons why the Questioning–Accommodating facet is often out-of-preference. Do you know what those three reasons...

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CPP CEO Jeff Hayes Joins ISA Board

Jul 12, 2017 in CPP Connect | 0 comments

CPP company president & CEO Jeff Hayes will serve on the board of The Association of Learning Providers (ISA), the only industry specific association devoted exclusively to the issues and needs of business leaders in the training and performance industry. Hayes will serve on the ISA board for the next three years, helping to guide the future direction of the association. “The ISA provides a wonderful network of training industry professionals that are always willing to leverage their tremendous expertise and resources to help fellow members,” said Hayes. “I consider it a true honor and privilege to join the board and look forward to working with my associates to make ISA an even more effective association.” Sparking innovation in training by harnessing diverse perspectives Founded in 1978, ISA’s members bring a rich variety of research, experience and expertise, and share a passion for new ideas and better solutions. This serves the organization’s aim of fostering connection and community through a trusted network with a vast wealth of knowledge, and igniting innovate thinking by harnessing diverse perspectives. Its board includes members from such organizations as Systemation, Amplify Growth, ExperiencePoint, Integrity Solutions, Crisis Prevention Institute, West End Consulting, Powerspeaking, Inc., Center Creative Leadership. Hayes, who joined CPP in 1987, has led the company through expansion into Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as the launch of its Professional Consulting Services practice and Technology Division, among numerous other initiatives. Hayes discussed the events leading up to his current service on the board: “When I was invited to join ISA several years ago I was particularly interested in being part of an association dedicated to helping companies in our space succeed,” said Hayes. “ISA has not only a clear vision, but also a track record of empowering executives in the training, learning and performance consulting industry grow their business.” Hayes has been an ISA member for six years, serving for the past three on the Awards Committee (including as Chair in 2015 and as Co-Chair in...

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