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We’re All Innovators Pt II: Bringing the Vision to Fruition

Jul 2, 2018 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

By Sherrie Haynie, Director of US Professional Services In my last post we talked about how different types innovate in different ways, and are at their best during different phases (a la Damian Killen in Type and Innovation) of the innovation process. Those preferring NP tend to be better at the “discover” phase, and are great at generating ideas; Those preferring NJ excel in the “decide” phase, and apply their innovative skills to choosing the right direction and developing a strategy for making it happen; people who prefer SP come alive during the “define” phase, where they hone and refine the strategy; and finally, in the “deliver” phase is where those preferring SJ ‘deliver the goods’ so to speak and figure out ways to improve whatever is going on. Combined, these contributions from different personality types (when played out right) can give us something fantastic. But, once we dive into the innovation process with other people, the pieces don’t always just fall in place. It’s human nature that we often focus on our contributions, and don’t always recognize the difficulty or value of those who are contributing in other ways. Understanding of MBTI personality type can help us fully appreciate how each person contributes to the innovation process, and that each part of it is equally critical. Planning the ultimate summer vacation takes all types For example, if someone who prefers NP is brainstorming ideas for next summer’s vacation with her SJ preferring husband, she will likely be generating a lot more options and thus come to the conclusion that she is more invested in the idea than he is. However, in the long run, she may find that he’s every bit as invested in the idea, because when they actually hit the road he’ll be coming up with all kinds of ways that they can make the most out of their trip. Of course on the flip side, once they’re on the road he may be tempted to think that he’s more invested than she is, because at that point he’s applying more of his innovation skills! But if they’re aware of type, they can each take a step back and say “you know, her idea to go to Prague was a stroke of genius,” and “the trip just wouldn’t have been the same if he hadn’t applied his creativity to our itinerary.” When people butt their innovative...

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We’re All Innovators…But We Do It According to Type

Jun 26, 2018 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

By Sherrie Haynie, Director of US Professional Services We’d all like to think of ourselves as ‘innovative’, wouldn’t we? At its core, being innovative involves somehow being able to come up with original ideas and apply them in ways that have some benefit, either for ourselves or for someone else. It’s certainly pertinent to your career and livelihood, but it just as equally at play in all aspects of live, whether it be redesigning your house, managing your money raising your kids, or making a good impression with someone on a first date. There are opportunities to innovate all around us, and the more innovative we are, the more we’ll uncover opportunities for success and happiness. Yet, many of us do not view ourselves as innovative, and, we certainly don’t always see the innovative potential in the people around us. MBTI personality type can help us tap our potential by helping us see the value in our unique approaches to innovation. Resisting a limited view of innovation: Hail to the King! Because innovation is so central to the human experience, it’s too bad that we all too often have a limited view of what it means to be innovative. We often equate it with generating completely new, big ideas. But if you think about it, much of what we think about as innovative doesn’t fit that bill. Facebook wasn’t the first social media platform, the iPhone wasn’t the first interactive cell phone, and Elvis Presley most definitely did not invent Rock and Roll. In all three of these cases, the innovators at question added their 2 cents (or in some cases 2 dollars) to previously existing forms to create something that, while not wholly new, nevertheless gave the world something that it didn’t have. Elvis may not have invented Rock and Roll, but he sure delivered it like no one had before! What part of the ‘Innovation Cycle’ gets your gears turning? Innovation has a lot of moving parts, each of which is crucial to the desired end result of coming up with something cool and new. And if you think about innovation as a cycle or process, different personality types tend to apply their innovative skills at different points in the process. Damian Killen and Gareth Williams nicely summarized this concept in Type and Innovation, which identifies  4 phases of innovation: Discover, Decide, Define and Deliver.   It...

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Help Our Research Team & Be First to Receive Study Results

Jun 19, 2018 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Have you wondered if your Myers-Briggs personality type influences your well-being at work? Or does your type influence how you improve your well-being? To help answer these questions, we’ve put together an international research project investigating well-being at work and the MBTI assessment. And we’re asking for your help. To participate in the survey, you need to 1) know your verified MBTI personality type, 2) be currently employed, and 3) have 15 minutes to spend answering a few questions online. The survey asks about your well-being at work and some questions about how you manage your well-being at work and outside of work. Your responses are extremely important for better understanding MBTI type and well-being, as well as global trends in workplace well-being in our rapidly changing world. We realize you’re busy and as a thank you for completing this survey, you’ll be the first to receive a summary of our findings from this research. Please make sure to type in your email address at the very beginning of the survey in order to receive the research findings once they’re ready to publish. The research findings will summarize three years of well-being trends, along with recommendations for improving well-being for each MBTI type. To begin the survey please click this link: Thank you for your consideration, Richard C. Thompson Senior Director of Research CPP,...

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Leveraging Your Personality Type for Stress Management During the Job Interview Process

May 30, 2018 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

As I sit down to write this story on how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool can help us deal with stress during the interview process, I can’t help but feel a bit stressed myself. I need to get ready for a workshop later this week. Each time I’ve attempted to sit down and prepare this morning, my brain has filled up with a litany of other things to which I need to attend. My plate is plenty full, and yet I keep adding more portions to it. Then, I realize that so much of how I deal with everyday stress relates to my own personality type preferences. My guess is that your stress, and how you cope with it, relates to your personality type as well. We all deal with stressful situations. Add the pressure of interviewing for a job to your daily stress and it is easy to get completely overwhelmed. The way you deal with stress is usually different from the way others with different personality types deal with stress. What stresses me might be a piece of cake for you, and vice versa. Below, we’ll explore how stress relates to your own MBTI personality type preferences, as well as some tips to help you manage your stress. Extraverted Sensing (ESTP and ESFP) People with these preferences tend to rely most on understanding and presenting information in a sequential, “here and now” way. As they start to get stressed, they might overdo this approach, obsessing over details that previously weren’t important. Further, they might spend so much time on taking in these facts that they neglect to make any decisions based on said facts. Preparing for an interview might turn in to obsessing over every detail of the interview process. This could lead you to spend time on things that won’t matter in the end at the expense of the important things that do matter. If, when you are finally in the interview room, you start sharing a load of irrelevant details, it could come across as a bit too much to the interviewer. How to Handle It: When you start obsessing over details that previously weren’t important to you, stop where you are and list out all the things on your mind. Then, go through your list and cut half of them out. Then cut the list in half again. This will allow you to...

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For an Authentic, Effective Job Interview, You Must First Understand Your Own Personality Type (Part II)

May 23, 2018 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

In my previous blog, I discussed how you can leverage your preferences for either introversion or extraversion – preferences based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – to present an authentic version of yourself during a job interview. Today, I’ll dive a little deeper and talk about how to leverage the other aspects of your personality type to improve your odds of getting a job that is an excellent fit for you. Before I begin, it’s important to remember the concept of “flexing” discussed in my previous article. Flexing is about honoring first and foremost who you are, but also flexing or stretching to the other side when a situation calls for behaviors that might be a little outside of your comfort zone. Sensing vs. Intuition: The Kinds of Information We Like and Trust Being aware of how you, and others, take in information can help you use the “right” words during an interview. Now, you likely won’t know your interviewer’s personality type preferences, but you can use both sensing and intuition language during the interview and then look for understanding from your interviewer. Remember, honor your preference and then flex as needed. If you prefer sensing, you likely take in and present information in a sequential step-by-step way. As you are answering questions in an interview (or in life), watch to see how that information is received. If the person is tracking, they will likely give you non-verbal signals – such as nods – as well as a few verbal cues that they understand along the way. If the person is not tracking, you will likely see an impatient demeanor, which could indicate that you’re giving too many specifics in your answers. This may mean your interviewer prefers intuition and would rather you stop giving so much detail and summarize. Quick Tip: Giving facts and details can serve you well during an interview. Start an answer with your top three points, and then ask the interviewer if they would like more detail. If you prefer intuition, you probably take in and present information in a “big picture” way. As you answer questions in an interview (or in life), look for your interlocutor’s “elevens” (furrowed lines in the forehead) or questioning eyes. This could mean your interviewer prefers sensing and is not getting the sequential and practical answer they’d like from you. You may be jumping from theme to...

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