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Jan 27, 2011 in MBTI Talk | 2 comments

Anyone who has gone through MBTI® Step II™ training with me will probably remember hints I’ve dropped about a new guide to help practitioners interpret the facets. I was asked not to mention it until the exact launch date was announced. Well, guess what? I can finally mention it. It has been killing me not being able to talk about it. It’s called the MBTI® Step II™ User’s Guide and it’s the best and newest information describing the Step II facets I’ve seen. From the minute I saw the first draft of this guide, I knew how useful this would be for those of us who use the MBTI® Step II™ Profile and/or Interpretive Report. Click here to learn more and order your...

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Gratis, Gratis!

Jan 25, 2011 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

You may be interested in a free webinar, “Be Better at Coaching Transformational Leaders with the Myers-Briggs® Tool,” on February 10 (9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PST). Guest speaker Stanley Truskie will share his international coaching experience using the MBTI tool in leadership development. I hope you’ll check it out. To sign up (remember, it’s free), visit www.cpp.com under “What’s...

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525,948.766 Minutes

Jan 20, 2011 in MBTI Talk | 1 comment

That’s the number of minutes in a year. It’s a little off from the number of minutes sung in the musical Rent (525,600 minutes—and it’s my all-time favorite musical by the way). They will fly by just like the last few years have flown by. I feel fortunate that during a good number of those minutes I will be delivering MBTI® Certification Programs in a city near you!  In January, I will be delivering the first program of 2011 at CPP headquarters in Mountain View, California. And it’s sold out! Very nice! Then, I head right to Philadelphia for a program that likely will also be sold out. I will be traveling on my birthday (January 30), so I will need to celebrate my 49 years somewhere fun. Fortunately, my partner Kevin and I will celebrate the previous weekend. February will find me in Providence, Rhode Island, where the first day of the MBTI Certification Program will be Valentine’s Day. I know there are still openings for that program, so if you are interested, please do sign up. Who knows, you might even get a little Valentine’s Day candy from yours truly. Next, I’ll head back to Kansas City, where I end February and begin March with another MBTI Certification Program. Several people have already signed up for this one, but there are still openings. I look forward to working with participants during the day and enjoying Kansas City barbecue at night. Yum! The first quarter of 2011 ends with back-to-back programs in Long Beach and Indianapolis. It will be good to be back in two cities I know well and especially to see my dear friend (and former U.S. National Champion and Olympian in Figure Skating), Gary Visconti in nearby Los Angeles and my colleague, Catherine Raines in Indianapolis. Whew! I will be busy. Please check out the dates for all of the MBTI Certification Programs at www.cpp.com/mbticertification. I will be doing most of the CPP programs again and look forward to running into some of you during one or more of the minutes this...

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Healthcare and the MBTI® Tool

Jan 18, 2011 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

I’m looking forward to working with a major healthcare organization this month. Healthcare represents a major business segment utilizing the MBTI® tool. You can find a wonderful case study that covers how Baptist Health Care used the MBTI tool for staff retention that led to improved customer satisfaction on www.cpp.com (see below). Another case study you might want to check out is St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network. It offers an excellent example of how to use the MBTI and CPI™ tools for leadership development. Yet another case study shows how Danbury Health Systems used the MBTI tool to retain employees and coach leaders. Finally, check out the UCSF study, which explains how the MBTI and FIRO-B® tools were used for conflict management, team building, and leadership development. These case studies and many more can be found directly at https://www.cpp.com/contents/case_studies.aspx....

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Remembrance of Things Past

Jan 14, 2011 in MBTI Talk | 2 comments

As 2011 is just getting under way, I can’t help but reflect on this past year. I started 2010 with an MBTI® Certification Program in Arizona. I spent extra time exploring the glory of the Grand Canyon. Wow! It had been years since I had visited, so it was all like new again. I could not have been more impressed with how well this treasured national park is run and all there is to do in the middle of winter! I spent a lot of time on the road and plan to write about some of my favorite places to visit in cities such as Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, and so on. While travel is not always easy, it does give me the opportunity to “live” personality type when encountering so many different types each day. The stories I share in the MBTI Certification Program come from these kinds of experiences. I recommend that you start looking at the world this way so you can begin collecting your own stories to help people understand the power of the MBTI...

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Blink and It’s Over

Jan 7, 2011 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

I tend to feel a little down when the holidays are over. I look forward to the festivities, being with close friends and family so much, that when it is over I feel kind of sad. During this recent holiday season, I tried to remind myself to experience the moment (extraverted Sensing). As someone with a preference for extraverted Intuition, I tend to forget about the present. I get so caught up in future possibilities that I miss out on noticing what is happening right here and now. I think I did a better job of experiencing the moment this year just by consciously reminding myself. Give it a try. One thing I do to help with the sadness of the end of the holidays is to rely on Intuition (both extraverted and introverted) to help me remember that there are lots of wonderful things in my future. I start planning upcoming events and putting them in my calendar as a reminder—like my birthday (I will be 49 this month), training dates with many fascinating and engaged people, a visit to Solange Resort and Spa in Calistoga, and so on. Again, give this a try and let me know how you...

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Happy New Year!

Jan 5, 2011 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

2010 has come to an end. It was an incredible year in so many ways. First and foremost in my mind are the opportunities I had to meet so many interesting, dedicated, and intelligent people. As lead trainer for CPP’s MBTI® Certification Program, I get to work with and learn from people from different organizations, with different experiences and different lifestyles. When I teach, I tell each group that I learn something new every time. After all the programs I have led, I can still say that and mean it. Thanks to everyone for participating in CPP’s MBTI Certification Program. I hope to see you again or to at least hear from you from time to time. When I say “goodbye” at the end of a program, I get a little sad because I know the group will never be as close as we have become over four days. I truly enjoy when I hear from you via e-mail, phone, or on this blog, so please don’t hesitate to contact me. Here’s to the memory of 2010 and the future of...

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Communicating with Another Introvert, or I Wish You Would Tell Me What You Are Thinking!

Dec 29, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

You would think that two people with the same preference would be able to communicate well all of the time. Of course, we know that in reality this is not the case. Sometimes when I am trying to communicate with another Introvert, my own Introversion gets in the way. I have trouble expressing my point of view on the spot. As a result, the other Introvert in the conversation may assume I mean one thing when instead I mean another thing. Then the other Introvert starts pondering what all this might mean and then come to a completely incorrect conclusion. Whew! I get exhausted just thinking about it. Anyway, I’ve learned to give these situations a little time, and they usually work themselves out as long as I eventually go to the other person to explain myself. I have also learned that if I work harder at flexing my type in the moment, I won’t get into these situations in the first place. I value the Introverted part of who I am, but I realize that flexing to Extraversion from time to time is essential to healthy, effective communication. So, I’m going to stop writing and go talk to the person that led me to write this post in the first...

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ICON Success Site

Dec 22, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

If you haven’t had time to visit CPP’s ICON Success site (www.cppiconsuccess.com), now is as good a time as any. If you want to find the latest information on the use of the MBTI® tool, this site is a good place to go. I was recently looking for information on how to use the MBTI tool with other assessments and remembered that this site has several articles on exactly how to do that. They are called MBTI® Combo Guides and they help you learn how to apply the MBTI tool with tools such as the Bar-On EQi, DiSC Profiler, and Strengths Finder. Amazing! On top of that, these guides are written by one of my favorite people in the whole world, Dr. Sarita Bhakuni. I hope you will check them out. Also, you may hear about Dr. Bhakuni in a future post if I ever write about the time she practically carried me to the hospital. I am forever in her debt! By the way, www.cppiconsuccess.com is free to join. I hope you will check it...

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Use It or Lose It

Dec 16, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 1 comment

I received an e-mail the other day from someone who went through the MBTI® Certification Program eight months ago. She was preparing to conduct her first MBTI training sessions at her company. I was struck by how much she had forgotten from the program in those eight months. It reminded me to remind all of you to start using the MBTI tool as soon as possible after you complete the MBTI Certification Program. It is crucial to start right away so you don’t lose what you have gained from the program and start building from there. The four-day MBTI Certification Program is a very extensive and intensive experience. Participants leave with an excellent grounding on how to use the MBTI tool. However, as we teach in the program, this is only the beginning. Learning about and using type is a lifelong process. I learn something new every time I use the MBTI tool, and I have been involved with the MBTI tool and CPP for almost 23 years! I was happy to help the participant who wrote me and used it as an excuse to talk with her over the phone. I remember her very much from that program…her energy, enthusiasm, “smarts,” and sense of humor. I wish her luck on her first program and was glad to be there for her when she needed...

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