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Guest Blogger – Help Has Arrived for Development Planning Pt. 2

Feb 8, 2010 in CPP Connect | 0 comments

In my last post I talked broadly about how the Myers-Briggs® ThinkBox can be used to create practical, actionable development plans. Today I'd like to drill down into the specifics of how a trainer might use the MBTI® ThinkBox when working with a client.

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Guest Blogger – Help has arrived for Development Planning Pt. 1

Feb 8, 2010 in CPP Connect | 0 comments

Mention the phrase "development plan" and eyes begin to roll. Why? Well, there are many reasons for this universally negative reaction, and some of the bad press is understandable. Writing a good development plan can take a lot of time (something none of us have enough of). More often than not, plans can be vague and seem to just linger in the corporate black hole with no way to track progress or maintain accountability. Luckily, a solution has arrived - the Myers® Briggs ThinkBox.

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The Importance of Verifying Best-Fit MBTI® Type

Oct 19, 2009 in CPP Connect | 0 comments

As you begin to feel comfortable interpreting MBTI® results for friends, co-workers, and clients, you may also find yourself becoming fairly confident in your ability to "predict" someone's type based on your day-to-day interactions with them. It can be tempting to run through friends and family and "assign" them a type based on their behaviors, but it is so important (even with friends and family) to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs assessment properly, setting the mindset beforehand, and confirming the best-fit type afterward.

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Linking the Eight Functions To Emotional Intelligence – A Practical Exercise to Share with Clients and Teams

Sep 17, 2009 in CPP Connect | 2 comments

How do you know if you have a high level of emotional intelligence? If you struggle with emotional intelligence, how can you improve it? For many people, these questions are difficult to answer, but as a practitioner of type, you are already a step ahead when it comes to understanding and improving your EQ, and using it to help you beat the stresses of the day.

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“Typing” Your Emails

Aug 20, 2009 in CPP Connect | 0 comments

Emails can often be misinterpreted by the recipient, leading to confusion and miscommunication between colleagues. Have you ever thought that some of this confusion and miscommunication could relate to psychological type? Read on to learn more.

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Using Your Clients’ Interests in Discovering a New Career Path

May 22, 2009 in CPP Connect | 0 comments

With the current state of economy, we are all aware of those who have lost their jobs. Many are struggling to find jobs, whereas others have opted to go back to school to find a new career. Either way, people are realizing that the jobs available to them may not be what they are accustomed to, and they are having a hard time seeing themselves in a different career path. So how can we help you help your clients in this situation? And how can their interests play a role in finding a new career?

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MBTI Trivia – How to Spend a Rainy Weekend

Feb 19, 2009 in CPP Connect | 2 comments

It’s going to be raining again this weekend in California, so it looks like I will be spending most of my time inside. If you are reading this blog from elsewhere in the country, maybe it will be an indoors weekend for you too (e.g. forecasts predict a high of 18 degrees in Minnesota and 11-18 degrees in North Dakota.) There are only a few things you can do on a cold or rainy weekend – I will most likely be parked in front of my TV for much of the time, but I have several friends who are planning to hit the mall. (It seems to me that if you’re not skiing/snowboarding, these are the two most popular options for winter-weekend entertainment.) Did you know that you can guess which activity someone prefers based on MBTI type? On a weekend like this one, some people will be naturally more drawn to the tube (like myself) while others are more inclined to spend their time shopping. (I found this out while playing around with Snapshots of the 16 Types. If you don’t already have this product, it is absolutely fascinating, and makes MBTI presentations much more relatable.) It turns out, 26% of ENTPs enjoy shopping in their spare time, while 63% enjoy watching tv (which explains my weekend plans!) Here are some interesting highlights I want to share – let me know if you agree with the study’s results – Did you Know? (TV Stats) The ISFPs watch television the most frequently of all types The INTPs watch television the least Overall, the Sensing types (68%) are more likely than the Intuitive types (60%) to watch television in their spare time Did you Know? (Mall Stats) The ESFJs are the most likely by far to spend their leisure time shopping The INTPs and ISTPs are the least likely The ESFJs are 2.5 times more likely than the INTPs and ISTPs to go shopping in their leisure time The overall T-F difference is also significant, with the average percentage of the Feeling types at 41% versus the average of Thinking types at...

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The FIRO-B® and William Schutz’s Sessions

Feb 9, 2009 in CPP Connect | 2 comments

I have been into the FIRO-B® assessment lately, so I decided to read a little bit more about William Schutz (the creator of the assessment) to get an idea of how he developed the theory and the tool, and to learn a little bit more about his psychological background. Online, I found a really interesting excerpt from his book Here Comes Everybody: Bodymind and Encounter Culture that discusses unique ways to approach/assess a group’s needs for inclusion, control, and affection. I don’t know that I would recommend all of these exercises (especially in a business setting) but in the right group they might be fun to recreate. (I imagine they also would show a group’s level of needs very quickly.) Inclusion: In Schutz’s “blind milling” procedure, he puts participants in a pitch-black room and directs them to wander around (the idea is that they will randomly bump into each other.) In practice, some people hover near walls outside the group while others look for people to hang on to, or walk around with. Schutz then holds a discussion about touch, individual “body bubbles,” belonging, and the invasion of space. All of these things, according to Schutz, reveal desires for inclusion. Control: To show one’s needs for control, Schutz creates a “dominance line.” In this exercise, Schutz has his group members form a single file line, with the most dominant people in the front and the more submissive at the back. (So the front of line ends up telling the back of the line where to stand. . . ) I wondered where I would go in the line, and realized that I would probably go wherever the group decided it was useful for me to go. I guess that means I wouldn’t be in the front! Affection: I imagine that this exercise would cause the most discomfort in a group – Schutz calls it the “high school dance” exercise, possibly because it is as awkward as it is for most teens at a school dance! He tells participants to pair off with the person they find most attractive. Apparently this procedure evokes reactions of intimacy, sexuality, jealousy, and rejection, which taps into each individual’s need for affection. Again . . . don’t know that I would recommend re-creating this one! I think no matter how individual needs are assessed, the information found by the FIRO-B tool can definitely help...

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Commonly Asked Questions about the CPI 260®

Feb 5, 2009 in CPP Connect | 0 comments

With the baby-boomers retiring, another organizational “hot topic” is Leadership Development. If you are certified, the CPI 260® tool  is great for addressing this, as it can reveal a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of new leaders. Because the in-depth assessment is used mostly for succession-planning, leadership development, and selection, and asks participants to be somewhat self-revealing, individuals taking the assessment often raise specific questions about the tool – all are legitimate and deserve attention. Here is a list of the most common questions about the CPI 260 and some suggested answers that will help you administer the tool with ease, and provide assurance to those taking the assessment. You most likely are familiar with these questions and answers as a certified provider, but if you could use a refresher, read on. 1. Will my boss (or someone else in the company) see my answers? No one (other than the certified grader) will have any access to the individual answers; however, someone else may see the profile and hear its interpretation, depending on how the Inventory will be used. 2. Wouldn’t it be better if someone completed the Inventory about me so I could get their feedback? Many instruments and surveys can be completed by other raters; they present a picture of you through others’ eyes. CPI results can not be used like this. No one else can answer the items for you, and if someone else did, the results would reflect their personality, not yours. You will only receive an accurate picture by answering the questions yourself.  3. Can I leave the items blank? If you cannot make a choice, if some item absolutely is not applicable, or if you would rather not reveal what the item is asking about, then leave it blank. However, if more than 10-15 items are left blank, the resulting profile may be invalid. 4. What if I can’t decide on an answer? Remember, you can leave a few items blank. However, some people find themselves hesitating on many. Choose the answer that is most like you in this case, even though it may not apply to you literally or always. It is actually better in this Inventory to choose quickly than to devote a lot of time figuring out what the items mean. 5. Why are some items repeated? Actually, very few items are repeated verbatim. Several constitute variations on a...

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