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MBTI Step II Facets: Tough–Tender

Sep 12, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

A couple of months ago, a participant in a training program told me she thinks of his Tough behavior in terms of removing a small bandage. She said Tough behavior is like removing that bandage in one quick pull. For her, pulling the bandage off slowly only prolongs the pain. This firm approach can be effective as long as it doesn’t cross over the line and become stern. Tender behavior certainly does not intentionally prolong pain. Instead, people who report Tender believe that a kinder and gentler approach works best. This may look like they are backpedaling to those on the Tough side. However, further exploration reveals that those using Tender behavior tend to implement a decision with the intent of getting as much buy-in from those affected by the decision as possible. Both Tough and Tender behavior can be effective when implementing a decision. Yet, when I cover this with teams, I often find team members have difficulty understanding their non-preferred side. We need to remember how this is described in the MBTI® Step II™ Manual (p. 24): Tough–Tender focuses on the impact of our judgments and how we proceed once our judgments have been made. If we stay open to both sides of this facet, we stand the best chance of achieving decision-making success. Did you miss reading about the other Thinking–Feeling facets? Below are the hyperlinks in case you want to read the blogs posted previously: Questioning – Accommodating Critical–Accepting The Importance of Facet Order Team Building with Step II Facets All MBTI Step II Facets Explained [Video] ...

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MBTI Step II Facets: Critical–Accepting

Aug 29, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Be prepared for some push-back from clients who report Thinking in-preference Critical on the MBTI® Step II™ assessment. The bullet-point descriptors on the MBTI® Step II™ Interpretive Report can be more direct (some say harsh) for this result than for any other. I’ve had a client get a bit argumentative about the descriptor “are argumentative.” And a participant in an MBTI® Certification Program this week sprinted across the room to the Accepting side after reading the Critical descriptors! While I make it clear to clients that they are the final decision maker on their MBTI results, I also encourage them to challenge their conclusion by asking people who know them well whether or not these results and the descriptors seem to fit them. For that reason, I ask clients to never cross out any of the report comments. Instead, I have them highlight in yellow any descriptors with which they agree and in pink any with which they disagree. That way, they get to own what they choose while still keeping what they disagree with visible. If you do team-building work that includes this facet, don’t be surprised to find lots of participants reporting Accepting, regardless of whether they report a preference for Thinking or Feeling. Societal influence plays a part here, in that we are a society that encourages accepting over critical behavior. Critical behavior can get an unfair bad rap. While it can come across as overly negative, the purpose of critical behavior is simply to correct what is wrong. By the way, if you haven’t seen the updated version of the MBTI Step II Interpretive Report, you can find the sample report...

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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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