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Dec 1, 2015 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

I wasn’t involved with the planning of the event, so I was quite pleased to arrive at the top floor of Hotel Nikko to find everything so well organized. Teams of CPP colleagues were stationed anywhere I looked to answer questions participants might have. Before I knew it, the conference was about to begin. Jeff Hayes, CPP’s president and CEO, kicked it off by thanking everyone for coming, and pointed out Linda Kirby and Nancy Barger in the audience. I thought that very fitting—Linda and Nancy have influenced so many of us over the years and have taught me so much about the MBTI® tool. They are also authors of several of CPP’s products. Josh Bersin then took over as the opening keynote speaker. He shared his thoughts on the role of culture in business, citing “culture” as one of the most popular search words on the Internet. Josh reminded us that job candidates that come to our companies are no longer just looking for a career—they are looking for an experience. That’s a lot for an organization to take on. I really appreciated Josh sharing that there needs to be less emphasis on evaluation and more emphasis on coaching and feedback. “The evaluation process is too complicated,” he said. “The mere fact that you give someone a rating lowers their performance.” I think this reminds us how the MBTI tool can and should be offered in organizations. What a way to get things started. It’s going to be a great two days! Stay tuned… If you would like more information on the 2016 MBTI® Users Conference, click here. Want to read more? Check out my previous blogs in this series: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert So It Begins 2015 MBTI® Users...

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Nov 27, 2015 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

It was a good day. I had a room of engaged, smart, nice, and fun participants, and the day provided numerous opportunities for them to engage with each other during learning tasks related to the Step II™ facets. Also included were segments on team use of the MBTI® Step II™ assessment, one-on-one feedback with the Step II™ Interpretive Report, and work with several case studies. It was a rich day! If you haven’t gone through Step II training, I highly recommend it. The MBTI® Certification Program includes a full day of it. The main conference starts tomorrow. Included will be speakers from companies such as Walt Disney, Autodesk, Qualcomm, Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Ford, and more. Exciting! As I was getting ready for sleep, I received a notice from my East Coast friends that The Late Show with Stephen Colbert did a segment on the MBTI® tool. What? Click here to preview the video. Finally, click here for the 2016 MBTI® Users Conference save-the-date. Want to read more? Check out my previous blogs in this series: So It Begins 2015 MBTI® Users...

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So It Begins

Nov 24, 2015 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

I arrived in San Francisco following a week of training across the country. While I am now close to home (I live in San Jose, about 50 miles south), it still feels like I am someplace else. But I am excited about connecting with people I have not seen in a while. The pre-conference workshop begins tomorrow, and I’m facilitating it—41 people for a full day on the MBTI® Step II™ assessment. Exciting. We’ll be in a huge room, and while it will be a challenge to work with such a large group, I’m ready for it. By the way, I would be remiss not to thank my colleagues Larry Romero, Kim Rivera, Catey DeBalko, and Jennifer Overbo for helping me get the room set up. There was lots to do. If you have ever trained with me, you probably know I tend to be very picky about having the room just right, with all the materials placed just so. You may also know that I have preferences for INFP. This just reminds me that any type can do anything if the motivation is there. My desire for detailed planning and organizing is not about Sensing and Judging—it is really about Intuition and Feeling. I want to make a difference in people’s lives. It all starts with participants knowing they have been thought about and cared for the minute they arrive in the room. If you would like more information on the 2016 MBTI® Users Conference, click here. To check out my last blog post in this series, click here....

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2015 MBTI® Users Conference

Nov 19, 2015 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

What a crazy, busy few months it has been. I’ve been meaning to write about the 2015 MBTI® Users Conference. Now that plans are in place for next year’s conference, I’m thinking I might as well get to it. Back in September, CPP held the first U.S. MBTI® Users Conference. Last year it was held in Dubai, and the year before in Shanghai. It was nice to have the event right here in the heart of San Francisco, near Union Square, this year. The theme of the conference was MBTI type and influence. I was asked to participate both as a speaker and a moderator. While things were hectic leading up to the event, I made sure to devote lots of time for preparation. I could tell that all the other speakers put a lot of time and energy into making this a meaningful experience for everyone involved. It was great to be part of such a wonderful event. The conference also provided lots of time for catching up with colleagues from all over the world and for visiting with participants from past MBTI® Certification Programs. Getting quality time with Linda Kirby and Nancy Barger was a special treat. They have both taught me so much about type and training and life. This next series will cover this year’s conference as well as present a preview of the 2016 MBTI® Users Conference! Oh, before I forget, click here to preview the save-the-date for the 2016 MBTI® Users Conference. Stay...

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The End…

Nov 17, 2015 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Yes, there was a final supper. As like all other meals it was silent. Then we all gathered in the rotunda for an opportunity to share (out loud!) what we received and what we were grateful for during this retreat. It was the first time I heard the retreatants’ voices. I learned that some only live a few minutes away from us while others are as far as Korea. I was moved by the experiences people shared. Getting to hear Kevin speak was the biggest treat. I have not heard his voice in seven days! I thanked, Linda Batton, my spiritual director. I wanted to say so much, but by the time it got to me we were running late. Tomorrow is our final mass followed by breakfast. We get to talk again before heading out. I will keep everyone of the retreatants in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for reading! Want to read more? Check out my previous blogs in this series: Where is “Here”? What Can You Do Without? Where I’m Supposed to Be Each Day…Just a Bit Mandala What Annoys Me in Others Is What Annoys Me in Myself Peace Be with You Seek to Understand Cheers and Blessings A Guilty Indulgence Individuation I Am So Much More Than the Roles I Play Hates Small Talk INFP Silence and Serenity Who Needs More Than the Day I Had Today? Walking and Hopping Worrying About Worrying Making a Difference—The NF Urge The Labyrinth A New Day Take a Deep Breath and Jump The Agony Airplane Mode Restless Sleep—Too Much Silence? I Walk in Peace to Find My Path Expectations Going Non-Stop Getting Away from It...

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Where is “Here”?

Nov 12, 2015 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Wow? Is it Thursday already….the last full day of the retreat? There is an early morning mass tomorrow, then breakfast, then departure. Wait…what? How did this time fly by? I’ll admit, at times I thought it would be nice to be on a beach in Hawaii this week instead. However, most of the time I’ve been so grateful to be here. Where is “here”, you might wonder? The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos is just south of San Francisco and north of San Jose, CA. Here is a link to their website in case you are interested in your own retreat experience (weekend, 8-day, 30-day) or making a donation: www.jrclosaltos.org. Tomorrow I get/have to talk again. I’m looking forward to it, as well as, taking more time for silence and meaningful reflection in my life. I hope this blog post series has given you a few things to consider moving forward. Here are some closing words to think about… The urge to look outward is often a defense against really looking inward. Have faith in your love. Your love will have faith in you. Want to read more? Check out my previous blogs in this series: What Can You Do Without? Where I’m Supposed to Be Each Day…Just a Bit Mandala What Annoys Me in Others Is What Annoys Me in Myself Peace Be with You Seek to Understand Cheers and Blessings A Guilty Indulgence Individuation I Am So Much More Than the Roles I Play Hates Small Talk INFP Silence and Serenity Who Needs More Than the Day I Had Today? Walking and Hopping Worrying About Worrying Making a Difference—The NF Urge The Labyrinth A New Day Take a Deep Breath and Jump The Agony Airplane Mode Restless Sleep—Too Much Silence? I Walk in Peace to Find My Path Expectations Going Non-Stop Getting Away from It All  ...

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What Can You Do Without?

Nov 10, 2015 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

After seven days on a silent retreat what would you miss? I think most people with a preference for Extraversion and those with a preference for Introversion would say (or write in this case) “talking.” We need our voices (or we think we do) for everyday situations. I’ve learned this week what I can understand by not talking about something and instead just reflecting, reading, and praying first. So, what else might you miss? I miss (just off the top of my head) popcorn, air conditioning, tequila, potato chips, the next certification group, news, television, sharing my thoughts and feelings with Kevin, tennis (my knee needed the break anyway). I write that I miss these things, but that doesn’t mean I’m miserable without them. I’m still connecting with Kevin, but on a different level. This week has been a testament that there is so much we can do without. Less television and more reading, meditating, and praying is a good place for me to start. How about you? What can you do without? Want to read more? Check out my previous blogs in this series: Where I’m Supposed to Be Each Day…Just a Bit Mandala What Annoys Me in Others Is What Annoys Me in Myself Peace Be with You Seek to Understand Cheers and Blessings A Guilty Indulgence Individuation I Am So Much More Than the Roles I Play Hates Small Talk INFP Silence and Serenity Who Needs More Than the Day I Had Today? Walking and Hopping Worrying About Worrying Making a Difference—The NF Urge The Labyrinth A New Day Take a Deep Breath and Jump The Agony Airplane Mode Restless Sleep—Too Much Silence? I Walk in Peace to Find My Path Expectations Going Non-Stop Getting Away from It...

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Where I’m Supposed to Be

Nov 5, 2015 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

So, earlier today I was feeling ready. I was woken up by a person walking noisily on the floor above me, which led me to feel even more ready. Then after breakfast, Kevin and I took our walk down to the labyrinth, and the energy of this place took me right back in. The silence helped me understand it without having to consciously use my Judging mental process (Feeling). I just knew this is where I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to do next. During our walk, my mom came into my awareness again. I’m planning to see my parents soon, but I know I need to see them earlier and more often. Taking that time to see them more means sacrificing some of my own time, but I need to do that. My parents are the most wonderful people. I need to get as much time with them as possible to continue to learn all they have to share. After our walk together, I spent time alone in the bookstore reading. It was so peaceful, so unrushed, so calm. Maybe I’m not so ready to leave after all. Want to read more? Check out my previous blogs in this series: Each Day…Just a Bit Mandala What Annoys Me in Others Is What Annoys Me in Myself Peace Be with You Seek to Understand Cheers and Blessings A Guilty Indulgence Individuation I Am So Much More Than the Roles I Play Hates Small Talk INFP Silence and Serenity Who Needs More Than the Day I Had Today? Walking and Hopping Worrying About Worrying Making a Difference—The NF Urge The Labyrinth A New Day Take a Deep Breath and Jump The Agony Airplane Mode Restless Sleep—Too Much Silence? I Walk in Peace to Find My Path Expectations Going Non-Stop Getting Away from It All...

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Each Day…Just a Bit

Nov 3, 2015 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

I’m feeling ready. Ready to get back to work and home—maybe even a bit anxious about all I need to get done. I guess when I retire someday that urge will fade, likely to be replaced with something else. It’s good for me to get away, and I’m continuing to stay completely away from email, though I have jotted down a few work things I need to get to as soon as I get home. However, I’m very aware that one thing I don’t want to do the minute the retreat concludes is to overwhelm myself with everything again. I’m lucky that CPP very much supports healthy work/life balance. I’m going to adhere to that concept more myself. I have today and tomorrow to continue to wind down, reflect, meditate, and pray. Then Friday morning after breakfast it’s over. Of course, an experience like this is never really over. It stays with you if you keep at it just a bit each week…each day. Just a bit. Want to read more? Check out my previous blogs in this series: Mandala What Annoys Me in Others Is What Annoys Me in Myself Peace Be with You Seek to Understand Cheers and Blessings A Guilty Indulgence Individuation I Am So Much More Than the Roles I Play Hates Small Talk INFP Silence and Serenity Who Needs More Than the Day I Had Today? Walking and Hopping Worrying About Worrying Making a Difference—The NF Urge The Labyrinth A New Day Take a Deep Breath and Jump The Agony Airplane Mode Restless Sleep—Too Much Silence? I Walk in Peace to Find My Path Expectations Going Non-Stop Getting Away from It All...

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New MBTI® Training Tools for Your Workshops!

Oct 29, 2015 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

I wanted to let you know about two new easy-to-use training tools for people development professionals like you. They align with CPP’s recently refreshed MBTI® Step I™ and II™ reports for a cohesive learning experience for your training participants! Understanding and Working with Personality Type workshop facilitation kit Introduction to Myers-Briggs® Type Preferences training video Also, if you’re looking for fun giveaways to make the learning stick after your workshop, check out these new merchandise products: MBTI® “Be Better” Banner Pen MBTI® Personality Post-it® Notes cube To learn more about the refreshed Step I and II products, visit cpp.com/MBTIrefresh. Make sure you take some time to look through the site because you’ll also find a wealth of free practitioner resources for getting to best-fit type, improving leadership performance, and more!...

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