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Showing Appreciation—ISTP

Jan 24, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

In this series I’m delving into how each of the 16 types approaches being thankful. If you want to read a little about your own preferences ahead of time, feel free to visit this link: cpp.com/share. Today’s type: ISTP. You probably like to do something for people rather than give them compliments. Hand out some praise. Some people need to hear your appreciation. That description comes from the practical, hands-on approach of individuals who prefer ISTP. If you have ISTP preferences, making and/or fixing things around the house might be a great way for you to show appreciation. But, keep in mind that your friends may want some time to interact with you as well. I was in a relationship for many years with someone with ISTP preferences. I had to remind myself that his way of saying he cares and showing appreciation for me was to fix or make something, while I needed to hear it more. He thought he was saying it by what he did. Fortunately, we understand that more now and have remained friends. Want to read more about the different approaches to being thankful? Check out my previous blogs in this series: Showing Appreciation—INTJ Showing Appreciation—INFJ Showing Appreciation—ISFJ Showing Appreciation—ISTJ What I’m Thankful...

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Showing Appreciation—INTJ

Jan 19, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

In this series I’m delving into how each of the 16 types approaches being thankful. If you want to read a little about your own preferences ahead of time, feel free to visit this link: cpp.com/share. Today’s type: INTJ. Being self-reliant, you may not see the importance of regularly appreciating others. Make a point of sharing kind words and deeds. That description connects to the Introverted Intuitive approach often taken by individuals with preferences for INTJ. I know some INTJ colleagues who, in an effort to make a more conscious effort toward appreciating others, will add reminders to their calendar. It helps them come out of their independently innovative world so they can connect just a bit more with those who need it. Of course, if you have INTJ preferences, it’s likely important for you to get some time by yourself or with just one other person. Be careful not to fill your calendar too much or you might find yourself worn out. Want to read more about the different approaches to being thankful? Check out my previous blogs in this series: Showing Appreciation—INFJ Showing Appreciation—ISFJ Showing Appreciation—ISTJ What I’m Thankful...

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Showing Appreciation—INFJ

Jan 17, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

In this series I’m delving into how each of the 16 types approaches being thankful. If you want to read a little about your own preferences ahead of time, feel free to visit this link: cpp.com/share. Today’s type: INFJ. You likely affirm and support others in their development. Remember to acknowledge their everyday specific actions and assistance. That description is about the enthusiasm those who prefer Intuition and Feeling get from long-term development. This could mean that the “little things” don’t get recognized until they make up one “big thing.” Keep in mind that recognizing others for the little things they do helps them keep moving forward to accomplish those bigger things. People with preferences for INFJ may sometimes be so future-focused that they forget to appreciate what is happening right in front of them. Think about stopping and literally smelling the roses or the winter snow or the tamales or whatever wonderful smells come your way this time of year. Want to read more about the different approaches to being thankful? Check out my previous blogs in this series: Showing Appreciation—ISFJ Showing Appreciation—ISTJ What I’m Thankful For…  ...

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Showing Appreciation—ISFJ

Jan 12, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

In this series I’m delving into how each of the 16 types approaches being thankful. If you want to read a little about your own preferences ahead of time, feel free to visit this link: cpp.com/share. Today’s type: ISFJ. You likely celebrate birthdays and special events traditionally. Try not to take it personally if others do not focus on these activities as much as you do. This statement relates to the friendly approach I often see from people who prefer Sensing and Feeling. My partner, Kevin, has preferences for ISFJ and has established traditions for how special events should be celebrated. His birthday was a couple of months ago, and while he is not a demanding person at all, his tradition of celebrating a birthday means there must be a cake. I’m not a baker, so I tend to get stressed about where I’m going to get the cake each year. I must try to remember that just getting a cake (any cake) fulfills his tradition expectation. We have made it a point to stay home over the winter. It’s a nice tradition that we both appreciate. For him it is about doing special things, the same each year—like a drive to San Francisco so we can take our usual holiday walking tour of the city. It all starts at Union Square, where we get our picture taken in front of the tree before heading toward the Embarcadero. Along the way we visit several hotel lobbies to see the magical displays put up this time of year. We then cross over to the Ferry Building to shop and visit the wine bar. Irish coffee at the Buena Vista is next followed by a walk along the water until we reach the Filbert Steps. We walk up those steep and “too-many-to-count” steps and end up near Chinatown and North Beach. It’s a fun day for me mostly because I get to see how happy it makes Kevin, each year. I’ve learned to look forward to this tradition. Want to read more about the different approaches to being thankful? Check out my previous blogs in this series: Showing Appreciation—ISTJ What I’m Thankful...

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Showing Appreciation—ISTJ

Jan 10, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

In this series I’m delving into how each of the 16 types approaches being thankful. If you want to read a little about your own preferences ahead of time, feel free to visit this link: cpp.com/share. Today’s type: ISTJ. Showing appreciation may not come naturally to you. Try to offer more positive comments to the important people in your life. That description links to the “bottom-line” approach of people with preferences for ISTJ. Those who prefer Sensing and Thinking tend to want to get to the point. As a result, they might not stop to consider others they are thankful for as much as some would want. Of course, as we each develop, we should learn to understand the other side of our preferences. If your preferences are for ISTJ, you might find a much more openly appreciative approach to others as you age and develop. If you are not there yet, then now is as good a time as any to flex your approach when appreciating others. This past holiday season reminded me of being thankful for the little and big things in my life. Read my last blog post to find out what I’m thankful...

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What I’m Thankful For…

Jan 5, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

The cold, winter season is upon us. I absolutely love this time of year. The fog comes in a bit more often in San Jose, the leaves start falling (and falling… big thanks to our gardener Arturo for taking care of that!), and the air gets cool and crisp. California winters tend to be mild, and I’m thankful for that. With the holidays passing, it reminded me of being thankful for the little and big things that are part of our lives. I hope you all can find many things to appreciate in your lives as well. I thought I would write my next series about being thankful. Stay tuned for more on thankfulness as I explore each of the 16 types in future posts. If you would like to read about my experiences at the 2016 MBTI® Users Conference, check out my last blog series: MBTI® Users Conference—Type, Interpersonal Needs, and Stress: A FIRO-B® and MBTI® Workplace Culture Connection MBTI® Users Conference—“Culture Matters” Panel: Macro and Micro Perspectives MBTI® Users Conference—Networking and the Step II™ Receiving Facet Challenge MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / It’s Not Meant to Be Predictive MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / It Is Reliable MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / It Doesn’t Just Flatter You MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Where’s the Research? MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Clinical Psychology Criticism MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Ambiverts? MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Type Dynamics MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Proper Type Language MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity MBTI® Users Conference—Communication Breakthroughs: The Genesis for Better Understanding of Others MBTI® Users Conference—From Diversity to Inclusion to Engagement MBTI® Users Conference—The Art of Culture Hacking MBTI® Users Conference—A Step II™ Day MBTI® Users Conference—Culture Matters...

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MBTI® Users Conference—Type, Interpersonal Needs, and Stress: A FIRO-B® and MBTI® Workplace Culture Connection

Jan 3, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 2 comments

My breakout session took place on the second day of the conference. I was glad to see so many familiar faces in the room, although it also makes me a bit more nervous to see so many people I know when I’m presenting. However, remembering that I’m presenting for the attendees and not for myself, helps temper my nervousness. In my session I addressed the stress we all face when our interpersonal needs are not being met. What we need, combined with what we fear, can have a huge impact on our behavior. It can affect how we use and possibly overuse our preferences during stress. I shared with attendees how our interpersonal needs are connected to our personality preferences, as well as what happens when our needs are not met. Also included was an overview of Will Schutz’s FIRO® theory as it relates to compatibility. Finally, personality type examples ranging from initial stress to extreme stress, along with suggested “remedies” for each of the 16 types, were shared. I ended up having fun, and the feedback from attendees was positive. That’s a great way to end a conference! By the way, in the session I referenced Introduction to Type® Dynamics and Development and In the Grip. If you don’t have either resource, I highly recommend that you add them to your library. You can find them at www.cpp.com. Want to read more about the Users Conference? Check out my previous blogs in this series: MBTI® Users Conference—“Culture Matters” Panel: Macro and Micro Perspectives MBTI® Users Conference—Networking and the Step II™ Receiving Facet Challenge MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / It’s Not Meant to Be Predictive MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / It Is Reliable MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / It Doesn’t Just Flatter You MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Where’s the Research? MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Clinical Psychology Criticism MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Ambiverts? MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Type Dynamics MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Proper Type Language MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity MBTI® Users Conference—Communication Breakthroughs: The Genesis for Better Understanding of Others MBTI® Users Conference—From Diversity to Inclusion to Engagement MBTI® Users Conference—The Art of Culture Hacking MBTI® Users Conference—A Step II™ Day MBTI® Users Conference—Culture Matters...

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How Your Life’s Mission Statement Will Guide You To Greater Work-Life Balance

Dec 29, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

This article was written by Rachel Ritlop and originally appeared on Forbes.com. To read the article in its original format, click here.  A personal mission statement can act as your “north star” throughout the twists and turns of life . Too often, people focus on responding to the responsibilities and demands placed on them by others, such as a boss, teacher, or family member; that they ultimately forget to focus on what they are seeking in life. Often times people ignore the signs that they are struggling and end up feeling burnt out or unfulfilled with where they are at. Few people want to watch their life pass them by, as they float from task to task. People crave purpose and fulfillment. In fact, Widen, a technology company, recently asked their employees if they would be willing to go through a three month “Discover Your Purpose Program” and found that roughly 80% of the participants said yes. “People are starving for this and want help navigating [finding their purpose],” says CEO, Matthew Gonnering. The Widen Discover Your Purpose Program is in conjunction with World Blu, a company that assists organizations in establishing organizational democracy. Each month a cohort group of five employees deploys on their three-month journey. During this time they “learn together and independently to figure out what their reason for existence is – not as it relates to business, but as it relates to life,” says Gonnering. The purpose of the program is to help employees articulate their purpose statement by the end. Gonnering proclaimed himself the Chief Eudaimonia Officer. He explains that eudaimonia is a greek term meaning happiness, health, and prosperity. He believes everyone brings these things into the work environment today and it’s the employer’s role to help people develop to their fullest potential. Which in turn creates more efficient, balanced, and fulfilled employees, and a more sustainable business. An employee left and returned to the company twice because he believed these other companies would allow him to do more good in the world and contribute more to society. Afterward, Gonnering realized the importance of helping others figure out their life’s mission statement in order to cultivate happier, healthier, more prosperous employees who lived a life with greater work-life integration. According to the National Wellness Institute, there are six dimensions of wellness: spiritual, emotional, occupational, physical, social, and intellectual. Gonnering says, “we have to integrate...

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MBTI® Users Conference—“Culture Matters” Panel: Macro and Micro Perspectives

Dec 27, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

For the second year in a row, I was asked to serve as moderator for the conference-wide panel session. Now that I have a little experience with panels under my belt, I was a bit more open to the idea of being a moderator. It helps to remind myself that the moderator’s key task is to encourage the audience to pay attention to the panelists and not himself. I just had to introduce the topic and the panelists and then keep things moving along. In the end of course, that is all easier said than done. The panel topic this year was the impact the MBTI® tool has on corporate cultures. It was the result of a survey CPP sent out this past summer to about 500 MBTI practitioners with titles like HR director, VP of OD, and so on to explore that subject in their respective company. Each conference attendee was sent full survey results as a follow-up to this conference. Panelists this year were Chris Robbins of Southwest Airlines, Jean-Louis Ruberstein of ConEdison, Pam Fox Rollin of IdeaShape, and Daniel Granchanin of Google. It was so generous of them to share their stories about the impact the MBTI tool has had on developing trust and respect among their company’s employees. Each panelist helped us see how invaluable the MBTI tool has been in managing change, appreciating diversity, and building teamwork. Want to read more about the Users Conference? Check out my previous blogs in this series: MBTI® Users Conference—Networking and the Step II™ Receiving Facet Challenge MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / It’s Not Meant to Be Predictive MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / It Is Reliable MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / It Doesn’t Just Flatter You MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Where’s the Research? MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Clinical Psychology Criticism MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Ambiverts? MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Type Dynamics MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Proper Type Language MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity MBTI® Users Conference—Communication Breakthroughs: The Genesis for Better Understanding of Others MBTI® Users Conference—From Diversity to Inclusion to Engagement MBTI® Users Conference—The Art of Culture Hacking MBTI® Users Conference—A Step II™ Day MBTI® Users Conference—Culture...

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Appreciating Family During the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Dec 22, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

I hope you are enjoying the holidays. I see this holiday season as a great reminder of the wonderful things in my life. Since things have been so busy, this is also time for me to take a break for just a few days from a very busy travel and training schedule. I’m sad to write that my grandmother passed away this week. She lived to be 101 years old, and that is really amazing. My family will be coming together to celebrate her life. Attending the funeral has required moving a lot of work projects around. During times like this, I’m thankful for CPP’s kindness and their willingness to reschedule a very important event so that I could attend this even more important family event. I hope your holidays are filled with happy and peaceful experiences. I’m going to repost my “Showing Appreciation” series from a few years back in early January. This will serve as a reminder on how to show appreciation to others and understand different approaches to being thankful. Stay...

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