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Enhance Your MBTI® Step II™ Training + Free Exercises

Aug 2, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

To enhance leadership potential and help teams meet the demands of real-world challenges, it is essential that your people understand how their facet results can influence their perceptions, problem solving, and decision making. Here are two exercises that use MBTI® Step II™ results to achieve leadership development goals and build stronger teams: “Improving Leadership Performance Using MBTI® Step II™ Results” “Team Exercise: Engaging S–N Facets to Improve Team Information Gathering” If you’re looking to upgrade your practitioner toolbox, check out our new workshop facilitation kit, “Introducing MBTI® Step II™ Results.” Designed to align with the refreshed Step II product suite and save you prep time, this kit includes everything you need to deliver a high-quality introductory Step II workshop: Workshop-ready: comprehensive, ready-to-deploy presentation slides and training materials with engaging visuals Comes with expert guidance: includes facilitator notes with workshop instructions, a recommended script, and more! All-digital content: conveniently loaded on a USB flash drive To learn more about this kit and other refreshed MBTI Step II products, visit cpp.com/MBTIrefresh...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Father’s Day Too!

Jul 28, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

The temperature on this side of the island is much cooler, so Kevin sets about getting a fire started downstairs. I go online to look for restaurants having been assured by the owner in previous emails that it will be easy to get a reservation on a Sunday night. What we both forgot is that this Sunday is Father’s Day. Being the small town that it is, there aren’t many restaurants, and most of them are booked. What to do? Time to use my Perceiving preference (superpowers?) and come up with a new, spur-of-the-moment plan. Thank goodness for Yelp! I find a market just a few minutes away. Kevin, Terri, and I climb up into our monster of an SUV and head out to the market. I like exploring new places and really like experiencing different types of food. Culinary Arts shows up as one of my top basic interests on the Strong Interest Inventory® tool. Anyone who knows me would not be surprised. When I was young I would spend lots of time sitting at the breakfast counter peering into the kitchen as my mom cooked. To this day, my mom is the best chef in the world to me. When I grew up (and in my culture) men did not spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So I would just watch. It wasn’t until I got older that I learned how much I not only like to eat, but like to cook. I’m glad I have been able to cook for Mom back in my home in San Jose and soon here in Hawaii. As we walk through the aisles of this market, I immediately realize there will not be a lot of real cooking tonight for our dinner. The most appealing options are frozen fried chicken and frozen Portuguese soup, so I buy both. Kevin gets some wine, items for breakfast, and some vegetables—frozen of course! Terri gets snacks and an apple pie that we later learn will take an hour in the oven before it is ready to eat. At one point I abandon the idea of all this frozen food and head to the restaurant next door, hoping I can at least order take-out. But this is not meant to be, as the line of people streaming out of the restaurant makes it very clear that take-out would take much too long....

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Free eBooks to Help Optimize Your MBTI® Step II™ Training

Jul 26, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

As you work with individuals to help them improve essential components of their professional development, it is important that they understand how to combine different aspects of their individual MBTI® Step II™ facet results and learn the most appropriate ways for them to flex their preferences. Here are two complimentary ebooks that offer ideas and tips for using Step II results to increase your people’s self-awareness and understanding: “How to Manage Seemingly Contradictory Facet Results on the MBTI® Step II™ Assessment” “Flexing MBTI® Step II™ Facets Appropriately to Maximize Effectiveness” Upgrade your practitioner toolbox with our new “Introducing MBTI® Step II™” workshop facilitation kit. Designed to align with the refreshed Step II product suite and save you prep time, this kit includes everything you need to deliver a high-quality introductory Step II workshop: Workshop-ready: comprehensive, ready-to-deploy presentation slides and training materials with engaging visuals Comes with expert guidance: includes facilitator notes with workshop instructions, a recommended script, and more! All-digital content: conveniently loaded on a USB flash drive To learn more about this kit and other refreshed MBTI Step II products, visit cpp.com/MBTIrefresh...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—INFP Preferences in Overdrive

Jul 21, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

The drive over goes by quickly, though at one point the rain and wind at 4,000 feet up is a little scary. Our destination is thankfully much closer to sea level, and by the time we get to the town of Volcano the rain stops. All around us is nothing but green…wet green trees, bushes, and moss. This is my second time to Volcano, and I’m so happy to be back. The driveway to our Airbnb home welcomes us down a curved passageway to finally come to a stop next to the large house. It has been a long day, starting with our flights from San Jose with a layover in Seattle to arriving in Kona and then driving across the island. The lockbox opens after my second try. We take off our shoes as the owner had instructed and walk into a cool and clean home in the middle of a rainforest. Ahhh! We unload the car and take our luggage up to the rooms. I give my parents the master bedroom with the large tub and big bed. Kevin and I get the room with the queen bed, and Terri takes the room with two doubles. She was planning on sharing that room with Cindy, but that will have to wait until we are on the resort tomorrow, back on the Kona side of the island. I wish Cindy had made it and hope her flight in doesn’t experience any more trouble. She is very self-reliant, and I know she will be okay. Kevin notices I’m quiet and probably worrying about something and/or someone. This happens to me when my INFP preferences are in overdrive. He reassures me that the trip is going well and Cindy is fine. This helps me remember that I need to check in with the extraverted world a bit more or I can find myself getting lost in my own thoughts and worries. In type dynamics terms it means relying on my second (auxiliary) mental process, Ne (a perceiving mental process), a bit more, instead of letting my favorite (dominant) process, Fi (a judging mental process), overrule everything. When I use extraverted Intuition it helps me check possibilities with others more fully before coming to decisions or judgments too quickly. Sorry for getting too technical. If you want to read more about type dynamics, I highly recommend Introduction to Type® Dynamics and...

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Optimize Your MBTI® Step II™ Training With a New Tool

Jul 19, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Helping people deepen their MBTI® experience by applying Step IITM insights is an important part of what you do. Upgrade your practitioner toolbox with our new workshop facilitation kit, “Introducing MBTI® Step II™ Results.” Designed to align with the refreshed Step II reports and save you prep time, this kit includes everything you need to deliver a high-quality introductory Step II workshop: Workshop-ready: comprehensive, ready-to-deploy presentation slides and training materials with engaging visuals Comes with expert guidance: includes facilitator notes with workshop instructions, a recommended script, and more! All-digital content: conveniently loaded on a USB flash drive Learn more! Need a quick refresher on the Step II facets? Watch this video for my unique take on the facets. To learn more about other refreshed MBTI Step II products, visit cpp.com/MBTIrefresh...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Extraverted Intuition Meets Introverted Sensing

Jul 14, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Hawaii (the Big Island) is like no other Hawaiian island. It has so many different landscapes from one part to the next. As we drive along the newly renovated Senator Daniel Inouye Highway, patches of lava rock intermingle with plants and small trees. We pass a few small neighborhoods as well and dream as we see an occasional “For Sale” sign. As soon as we got on a straightaway, I was sure everyone in the back seat will be sound asleep. Instead, we are all wide awake, looking around and not wanting to miss anything, while still catching up on all that has been going on in our lives over the past few years. While this trip is about celebrating our parents’ 60th anniversary, it is also the first time the entire family has been together in almost 30 years. Amazing. We all stay in touch via email, phone, and Facebook, but we have not all been in the same physical space in a very long time. As the conversations begin, I’m immediately aware of Kevin’s and my preference for Introversion. When it is just the two of us, Kevin and I can spend a few hours in the car and say little to nothing to each other. We both go into our own space, though I tend to share my “what-ifs” when I’m taking in information (extraverted Intuition). I’ve learned that this can disrupt Kevin’s perceiving experience (he introverts Sensing), so I have learned to temper my approach, and he has learned to take a deep breath and come out of his introverted space to hear me. Back in the car, Kevin and I listen quietly to Terri, my Mom, and my Dad, and answer questions as they come our way. It’s nice and familiar to be with my family this way. I’m realizing that I need to make sure I get more time with them sooner rather than later. If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Day One Adventure Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Out-of-Preference Planful Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—We Have Arrived! Celebrating a 60th Wedding...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Day One Adventure

Jul 12, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

My plan upon arrival in Hawaii is meant to take us down the west coast of Hawaii and down and under the south end, where we will end up in Volcano. I’ve rented a house through Airbnb that is just one mile outside Volcano National Park. My early plan, until the switch to our itinerary, was to have an early lunch around the south tip of the island. Now that we are past lunch, I figure we can get into the house just in time for dinner. This will then give us time to visit Volcano National Park tonight and again tomorrow. My mom has two wishes for this trip: a luau and a volcano. I have tried to tell her that she would not be seeing lava spewing out anywhere, but I doubt she has really heard that. Based on the time I have calculated (yes, I’m overusing Planful already), this route should take us two-and-a-half hours. However, Google Maps has a better route that takes us way up and over the center of the island, and so we take it. We load the car to the brim and then squeeze my mom’s walker in last. Kevin gets behind the wheel of our gigantic Yukon rental. The SVU smells of fresh plumeria as we head out on our day one adventure. If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Out-of-Preference Planful Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—We Have Arrived! Celebrating a 60th Wedding...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Out-of-Preference Planful

Jul 7, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Our state of bliss is then interrupted when Terri tells me that Cindy’s flight has been delayed until tonight. Now, I’ve spent a lot of time planning this trip. In fact, I’m quite the planner. This surprises people when they learn I prefer Perceiving. My MBTI® Step I™ preferences are INFP. However, on the MBTI® Step IITM assessment, I report Expressive, out-of-preference. I also report out-of-preference on Planful, which is about leisure and long-term life events. Leisure is definitely a big part of this trip. However, anyone who knows me will tell you that I’ve been planning this important life event (my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary) for almost a year. Every part of every day is planned out, including our two-and-a-half hour drive to the Hilo side of the island as soon as we land. So when I learn that now one person will be arriving over six hours late, I start to get a bit nervous. Luckily for all involved, Terri then tells me that Cindy wants us to move on without her and will meet us tomorrow when we are back on the Kona side. Deep breath…exhale…all is good. Time to get the car and get on the road. I feel a little guilty for not feeling worse about Cindy’s travel woes but remind myself that this trip is for my parents, and I want it to go perfectly for them. If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—We Have Arrived! Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—We Have Arrived!

Jul 5, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

The flight over is a bit long since the airline canceled our original itinerary and connected us through Seattle. Still, we board, deplane, eat, and board again with no real hassle. Halfway over the sea, the flight crew announces that my parents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Everyone claps and offers congratulations. Glasses of champagne are brought over as well. Since my mom and dad don’t like champagne (how could someone not like champagne?), they slip the glasses over to us. This is a big improvement over the free and sickly sweet mai-tais that were doled out right before. Landing in Hawaii (the Big Island), is such a relief after six hours. Sticking my head out of the plane and walking down the steps onto the tarmac make me smile from ear to ear. “We are here!” I say to Kevin. Instantly, the Hawaiian song that Baby’s sister sang near the end of Dirty Dancing pops into to my head. It stays there the entire trip, and that is OK. As we walk into the arrivals area, I remember that Cindy, my older sister, has arranged a lei greeting and asked that I keep a lookout. Not seeing anyone holding leis, I realize this likely won’t happen until we exit the security area. Sure enough, standing in the sun with a sign bearing the names Mike and Irene Segovia, I see a tall man holding two beautiful purple and cream leis. I walk up and point back to my parents who are following. My mom’s eyes light up as her lei is placed over her. Then I see Terri, my middle sister, approach to give big hugs to my parents, Kevin, and me. She has two yellow-and-white leis in her hands and places them on Kevin and me. She is very excited to be here—her very first trip to Hawaii. The fresh floral scent immediately reminds me where I am. Ah, Hawaii. I love this place. If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the last blog post in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary

Jun 30, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Sitting at the departure gate in the Kona-Keahole airport in Hawaii still feels like being on vacation. The cool Hawaiian breeze and the many palm trees close-by can fool you just a little bit into not feeling sad that you are leaving. But I feel sad every time I leave these islands…every single time. I have to convince myself “I’ll be back” or I know I will start to cry. Being in Hawaii is such an escape from so many of the stresses of life. While I work to honor who I am, I also spend too much time accommodating others. My INFP preferences work for me in life, but sometimes I let my preferences use me instead of me using them. Overusing Accommodating (a Step II™ facet of the Feeling preference) can be exhausting for everyone involved, especially me. When I’m in Hawaii, I find the people, the land, the water, and the air all come together to create such a perfect place in time where I can let go just a little. Our time here has been a blur. My parents, Cindy and Terri (my sisters from oldest to youngest, with me as the “baby”), and Kevin (my partner) landed five days ago, blinked and here we are at the airport ready to leave. Why can’t the times we enjoy last longer than the ones that cause us pain? Why can’t they go on and on and…? I hate to say it, but sometimes I wish I didn’t go on these escapes, because it makes it so hard to come back. Don’t get me wrong. I love what I do. I just put too many expectations on myself to keep doing it better…to live up to others’ expectations of me. That NF quest to make a difference can sometimes be quite a burden. (To be continued) Did you know that the MBTI® mental processes play a role in how we make decisions? Check out my last blog series, which explores how to use the eight MBTI® patterns of mental activity to decide on your summer vacation plans. Summer Vacation Decision Making—Introverted Feeling Summer Vacation Decision Making—Extraverted Feeling Summer Vacation Decision Making—Introverted Thinking Summer Vacation Decision Making—Extraverted Thinking Summer Vacation Decision Making—Introverted Intuition Summer Vacation Decision Making—Extraverted Intuition Summer Vacation Decision Making—Introverted Sensing Summer Vacation Decision Making—Extraverted Sensing I’m Back and Summer Is Almost Here!...

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