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Using #MBTI Type to Improve the Innovation Process

Jul 22, 2010 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

We all have creative and unique ideas. But how can you implement these ideas to be successful? This is where the process of innovation comes into play.According to Talent Management magazine, the greatest obstacle many leaders face is creating an innovative organization where good ideas convert into profitable products and services. In order to harvest innovation within a team or organization, you first must understand that innovation is a process and requires different strengths during different phases. Second, you should know how personality type is connected to innovation and learn how each type adds value to the overall process. This may sound overwhelming, but the booklet, Introduction to Type® and Innovation can serve as a helpful guide and starting point.If you are working with a colleague or student on this particular topic, here are some coaching tips for how to increase a type’s effectiveness when involved in the innovation process: ISTJ: Brainstorm ideas (on your own or with others), not solutions. ISFJ: Use past experiences to spur rather than stifle innovation. INFJ: Engage sooner with others to allow them time to understand your internalized idea generation process. INTJ: Consider that simple, observable facts or common sense can contribute significantly to the innovation process. ISTP: Make decisions promptly when possible, as this can also be an efficient use of time. ISFP: Take a leap of faith sometimes and believe that your decision will be the right one. INFP: Check in with others continuously throughout the innovation process. INTP: Learn how to simplify your language so that others can understand your thoughts, which tend to be complex. ESTP: Slow down to ensure that key insights or pieces of information are not overlooked. ESFP: Increase your creativity by looking for what is missing; asking what it is you can’t see, hear, and so on. ENFP: Show others the building blocks of your novel ideas to gain buy-in. ENTP: Thank others for contributing to your innovative ideas to ensure ongoing buy-in to the process. ESTJ: Remember that loose ends are an inevitable part of innovation. ESFJ: Brainstorm with others to understand the problem better and remember that the first idea is rarely the best idea. ENFJ: Be sure to have time alone to tap into your talent for idea generation. ENTJ: Spend time trying out new ways before deciding. To learn more about the booklet Introduction to Type® and Innovation, click...

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Type and Career Development – Look out for some tips!

Jun 22, 2010 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

How do you counsel your students when it comes to career planning? Do you have a set way of counseling them or do you adjust your style for each individual student? More specifically, do you use what you know about personality type and the Myers-Briggs® (MBTI®) assessment to aid you during these sessions? What I’ve heard from several career counselors is that institutions normally use a one-size fits all approach when it comes to counseling or advising students. These counselors understand the importance of keeping their students engaged by adjusting to the students’ preferred personality type. Personality type theory, as stated in the booklet Type and Career Development by CPP author Donna Dunning, can enhance the career development process in a number of ways and help practitioners (such as you) identify potential blind spots when guiding others through the process. The focus of the booklet covers setting the stage, conducting self assessment, generating and researching options, making decisions, and taking action, all of which are stages that can be applied to other developmental situations and not strictly career counseling. The advice found here is applicable in any situation in which a student is solving a problem, assessing a relationship, or looking to change patterns of behavior. By understanding his or her own type preferences, a student will be better equipped to deepen their understanding of the kind of work that will suit them as they begin to better understand themselves. In the next few weeks, I’ll be pulling some tips on learning to work with your students based on their preferred MBTI® type and posting these on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Here is the first: Tips for working with ESTPs 1. Establish your credibility and competence immediately 2. Make the process flexible and fun but also relevant to the task at hand 3. Let them critique and question the importance of tasks 4. Provide opportunities for them to act independently 5. Create challenges and opportunities to compete or take risks If you haven’t already, find us on and to continue receiving our...

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How College Students Really Feel About Career Centers

May 18, 2010 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

I came across an article in which students were interviewed to determine what they thought about career services. The responses were very interesting and I wanted to share them with you. What I found the most interesting was that the students who made negative comments regarding the value of career centers had little to no knowledge of what a career center really has to offer. Many students who actually visit their career centers (as we all know that there are many more who don’t take advantage of them) expect to walk out with a job. They don’t realize that the career center is not just about having job listings available, but instead serve to prep the student for interviews and life after college in the workplace. It is crucial for students to understand that they need to learn these skills, especially for the tough job market they will face once they graduate. Click here to read their...

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15 Phone Interview Tips – Wearing PJ’s Is Not One of Them!

Apr 23, 2010 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

With the limited resources of the recession, more and more employers are turning to phone interviews to save time and money. When I graduated about three years ago, I had no idea that phone interviews would become the norm in the interview process. I had learned how to prepare for a live interview just fine: rehearse beforehand, always arrive 15 minutes early, be well groomed, bring a copy of your resume along with other necessary documentation, use body language to show interest, etc. So when I had my first phone interview, I really didn’t know what to expect! How could I make a good first impression by using direct eye contact or using a firm handshake with my prospective employer, while their first impression of me would literally be my voice? I found an article online called “Don’t Wear Pajamas to a Phone Interview” where Anne Fisher helps people become comfortable with this impersonal style of communication. This article gives 15 helpful pointers on how to nail a phone interview. Share these with your students and learn some new tips for yourself as...

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BBC Radio story on “How MBTI Conquered the Office” on March 30th

Mar 25, 2010 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

How much history do you know about the Myers-Briggs® assessment? How has the use of the MBTI® instrument reflected cultural trends over the years? How has it transcended into cultures and nationalities? Tune in next week on March 30th (1pm PDT/ 9pm UK) for the live airing of BBC’s radio story on “How MBTI Conquered the Office” as Mariella Frostrup (who has taken the assessment and received an interpretation of her results) touches on these key topics. We will be tweeting live, so make sure to follow our discussions and join us! @MBTI, @cppeducation. Check out the story...

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Dealing with Stress in College Using MBTI® Type

Mar 23, 2010 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

So what does stress have to do with MBTI® type? Plenty. Learning about your MBTI type and how you can leverage your personality traits into different aspects of your life can be very useful. For example, my ENFJ tendency is that I try to take care of others more than myself. In college, when I needed to study for an exam and had limited time to do it, that in itself was cause for stress. Yet if I had a friend who was struggling with something, I always felt the need to help them first, thus reducing the time I had to work on my own studying. This would cause me much more stress. College is a stressful time and students aren’t yet equipped with knowing how to handle stress. Here I list some possible causes of stress as well as some tips for dealing with it which I pulled up from our Introduction to Type® In College booklet. These are specifically for ENFJ’s, but the booklet references all MBTI types: Possible Causes of Stress: -May try to take care of others more than themselves -May overidealize others -May be oversensitive to indifference and personalize it -Their need to socialize may interfere with work -May try to live by others’ “shoulds” Some Ways for ENFJs to Alleviate Stress: -Like going to movies with friends to relieve tension -Naturally rely on friends for support -Naturally give their personal best to any task -Learn to identify and take care of own needs -Must make time for studies in busy social schedule Teaching your students how to deal with stress while in college, will help them develop these skills for when they graduate. They can learn to apply these in the workplace and in their personal...

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Teach Yourself and Your Students to Brand Themselves on LinkedIn

Oct 16, 2009 in Eye on Edu | 3 comments

Have you joined our LinkedIn group yet? During these times of uncertainty in the workplace, this is the perfect time to resource with others in your field of work. Our CPP Education Team group is dedicated to career counselors, academic advisors and educational coaches as a place for them to share their thoughts and advice with one another. If you don’t have an account yet, I highly recommend registering for one. It’s free and there are hundreds of groups that you can join to begin networking. Of course, this is a great resource to share with your students to help them get started on learning how to not only network to find suitable jobs, but to learn how to present themselves to valuable companies. I found a slideshow with some great tips to share with your students to convince them why having a LinkedIn account is valuable. LinkedIn is not as exciting as Facebook, which is understandable, but your students might change their mind when they realize how it will help them in the future. They may also appreciate the fact that there are different ways for them to showcase their school work to help them advertise themselves to potential job recruiters. This might even be a way to get them more excited about doing their homework! Well, that might be wishful thinking. View the “LinkedIn for College Students – 10 Things You Can Do to Brand Yourself as an Expert” slideshow below. Learning these tips does not only apply to your students – these can be helpful to you as well! To join our CPP Education Team, click here (you’ll need to have an account to view the group page). Linked In For College Students View more presentations from Laura...

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A Warning to Share with Your Students

Aug 21, 2009 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

It goes without saying nowadays that our personal lives can be easily displayed to the world thanks to the Internet. It’s all about being somewhat Internet savvy and using some common sense when posting anything about our lives. Yet I’m sure you know many students who post every detail of their lives on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Tagged, or any of the popular social networking sites. Everything from what they ate for breakfast, to how they can’t stand a certain class to even an exact time and location of where they will be hanging out in the afternoon! Unfortunately, many do not think about or even know of the consequences to pouring such intimate details out to the world. Using social networking sites is quickly becoming the way for companies to be in touch with their customers – and their employees as well. It is essential for students who are preparing for their futures as professionals to be aware of this. Unfortunately, something negative that they post today, may come back to haunt them a few years down the road when a potential employer is conducting a background check. I wanted to share the following slideshow I found through Marketing Profs: Five Ways Facebook Can Get You Fired. Paul Dunay, Global Managing Director of Services & Social Media at Avaya, put these five stories together to show how seemingly innocent comments can cost one their job. A couple of these made me laugh as they were just outright ridiculous (actually they were all silly), but the unfortunate thing is that they are true. I encourage you to share this with your students! Five Ways Facebook Can Get You Fired View more presentations from Paul...

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Let’s Clear Up Some Common MBTI® Assessment Misconceptions

Aug 13, 2009 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Written by Karen Gonzalez One of the biggest misconceptions I hear about the Myers-Briggs® (MBTI®) assessment, from those who are not very familiar, is that the tool is a way to point out one’s weaknesses. I’ve had several discussions with friends and acquaintances about this when they ask me where I work. A few have even been scared to take the assessment as they believe that their results will show something negative about their personality type. I’ve even had a friend tell me, “I don’t want it to tell me I’m crazy”. Even though that particular conversation was quite amusing, I had to clear that up with my friend. In no way does the MBTI tool work to make anyone feel as if their type preference is not worthy. This got me thinking that many students may have heard about the MBTI tool (or maybe just about inadequate personality assessments off of the internet) but they may be thinking similar thoughts when asked to take it for career development purposes. So when our Director of Research, Rich Thompson, wrote the article “How to Properly Use a Personality Assessment” (published in Talent Management Magazine, August 2009), I knew I needed to share this with you. Rich lists the top seven misconceptions about the MBTI assessment. Even though this document was published in a corporate magazine, it applies to all organizations and audiences. As Rich states, “proper use of the instrument results in expanding vision and opportunity, while misuse can result in pigeonholing and exclusion.” This article is a wonderful resource that you can share with your colleagues, students and friends. I know I’m going to keep this handy for the next time my friends ask me where I work!...

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How to Choose Career Assessments

Jul 14, 2009 in Eye on Edu | 1 comment

With the endless variety of career assessments out there, how do you know what to look for to find the right one? What questions should you be asking yourself when selecting the proper career assessment for your counseling or advising center? How will you narrow down all your options? I know there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right assessment for your students. You of course want to give your students (or clients) the best results out there, as your goal is to help them find the right path to success. For this reason, I felt compelled to share the following white paper which was written by Judith Grutter, MS, NCC, MCC: Selecting Career Assessments. Judith is a trainer and career development program consultant with over 30 years of experience, as well as the Principal of GS Consultants ( Just like you, she once had to ask herself these same questions. She wrote a lot of valuable advice on this topic and gives guidelines as to what you should look for during this selection process. I hope you find this white paper to be a good guideline for you, as there are many factors that you may not have considered which are covered...

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