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MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity

Nov 15, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Just after lunch I attended a conference-wide session by Patrick Kerwin in which he addressed some misconceptions about the MBTI® tool. Patrick started by saying, “Doing what we do often leads to talking to strangers we meet to clarify what the MBTI tool really is. So much of this misunderstanding is misinformed.” So Patrick shared with his audience several topics related to these misunderstandings. Patrick said he sometimes hears people criticize Briggs and Myers because “They weren’t psychologists.” This is a criticism I hear about the MBTI tool too. What people don’t realize is that Katherine Cook Briggs (1875–1968) and Isabel Briggs Myers (1897–1980) were very much ahead of their time. As Patrick said, “This criticism discounts the fact that people can create things from all walks of life.” While I never met Katherine or Isabel, I have listened to stories told by their family about what amazing people they were. Katherine was one of very few women to attend Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State). In her class she graduated second only to her future husband, Lyman Briggs, who graduated first. Isabel was homeschooled and then went to Swarthmore, where she graduated first in her class. I’m told she had an IQ of 167. Isabel was devoted to make a difference in people’s lives and saw the MBTI tool as a way to do that. If that weren’t enough, 70-plus years of research has been conducted on the MBTI tool by people who are psychologists. CPP’s Research Division includes several PhD research scientists who continuously explore the psychometric properties of this instrument. We also work with PhD psychologists around the world to study the use of the MBTI tool in every industry. Want to read more about the Users Conference? Check out my previous blogs in this series: 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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MBTI® Users Conference—Communication Breakthroughs: The Genesis for Better Understanding of Others

Nov 10, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

The next session of the day was led by Daniel Granchanin. Daniel is a cloud platform sales engineer at Google. He was also in one of the MBTI® Certification Programs I facilitated last year. It was great to see him again and to attend his session at the conference. Daniel’s session provided tips on how Google employees hypothesize different people’s MBTI® type preferences by “reading” their body language, conversation, and communication through text, email, and so on. Daniel works with many engineers at Google, and he reminded the audience that he needs to present hard data to help engineers understand the value of the MBTI tool—this includes ROI figures reflecting why the MBTI tool is considered important. A lot of what Google takes into account when it applies the MBTI assessment is how it can help engineers understand how to “flex” when the situation calls for it. The use of the MBTI tool at Google has increased managers’ approval ratings from 77% to 92%. Daniel shared some interesting Google type data. For example, when it comes to Sensing–Intuition, Google employees report 24% Sensing versus 76% Intuition—close to the exact opposite of the general population. Further, 23% of Google employees have preferences for INTJ, while for the general population it’s only around 2%. They show only about 3% for ISFJs and ESFJs, while the general population shows about 13%. ENTJ is the most common type for Google software managers, and ISFP is the least representative type. Overall, the most common types at Google are INTJ, ENTJ, INTP, ISTJ, and ENFJ, representing about 62% of its workforce, compared to only 21% in the general population. Want to read more about the Users Conference? Check out my previous blogs in this series: 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—From Diversity to Inclusion to Engagement

Nov 8, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

There was a short break in between the keynote and the first breakout session of the day. I planned my day out the night before and knew I wanted to attend Dr. Pete Hammett’s session. Dr. Hammett is the director of HR at Oklahoma Gas & Energy. In his session he asked us to consider how personality type can influence a culture of inclusion. Hammett made the point that culture is a matter of life and death at the organizations he has been a part of (including NASA and many others). He has found that the more diverse the organization, the higher the productivity is. As he stated, “Homogeneous groups start out of the gate well, but over time their productivity flattens out.” Hammett likes assessments like the MBTI and FIRO® tools because he feels people need a clear, unclouded mirror. He mentioned the Dunning-Kruger Effect, where the unskilled suffer from an illusory feeling of superiority, while the highly skilled tend to underestimate themselves. Assessments can give us a more realistic view. A big part of Hammett’s message was a call to repurpose the MBTI and FIRO tools to develop an inclusion diversity quotient. He believes this would contribute to the idea of creating an even better mirror. He said, “This would then allow us to create communities in which the uniqueness of each individual is recognized and valued.” In closing, Dr. Hammett said that the most important thing to take away from this session was to “know something about ourselves that we can do something with.” Want to read more about the Users Conference? Check out my previous blogs in this series: 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—The Art of Culture Hacking

Nov 3, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

The perfect way to kick off the conference was Robert Richman’s keynote. Author of The Culture Blueprint: A Guide to Building the High-Performance Workplace, Richman shared that only one-third of organizations feel that their culture is in line with their business strategy. When he asked the audience for a definition of organizational culture, he got about 30 different answers, including traditions, moods, and feelings that are encouraged or discouraged. Richman shared the idea that “experience changes beliefs.” We each have a huge opportunity to learn from the success and challenges we experience. The four factors of positive psychology—perceived progress, perceived control, relationships, and higher purpose—can help. Richman’s work at Zappos helped him understand the importance of organizational culture. Zappos stopped the advertising game they were playing and instead started creating a unique experience for customers. It was based on their core values of delivering a wow experience, embracing/driving change, creating fun and a little weirdness; being adventurous, creative, and open-minded; pursuing growth and learning; building open and honest relationships; building a positive team and family spirit; being passionate and determined; and being humble. Richman shared with his audience that there are no good or bad cultures. Instead, there are strong or weak cultures. A strong culture exists when what people believe, say, and do are all in line. He sees culture as a game where people have a goal, rules, feedback (#1 employee complaint is not getting enough), and opting in. To impact a culture, people need to bring themselves into it (opting in) instead of taking from it. It’s a good reminder to ask ourselves, “What am I bringing to my culture today?” By the way, I was able to briefly talk with Richman right before he went on stage. I asked him if he gets nervous before speaking to a large group of people. He told me he doesn’t really get nervous much any more after realizing that the speaker is on stage to focus on how the audience is doing and not how the speaker is doing. If speakers get too caught up in what people think of them, then they aren’t spending enough time on being there for their audience. I thought it was very generous of him to share this tip with me. Want to read more about the Users Conference? Check out my previous blogs in this series: MBTI® Users Conference—A Step II™...

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MBTI® Users Conference—A Step II™ Day

Nov 1, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Like last year, I facilitated a full-day MBTI® Step II™ workshop. I had an engaged group of participants with varying levels of personality type knowledge, which can get tricky to facilitate. I didn’t want to go too fast and lose people just learning about type, nor did I want to go too slow and bore those who already knew a lot. However, the one thing I’ve learned over the past couple of years is that many people could use a basic MBTI type refresher. For anyone needing a refresher and/or wanting to continue their MBTI learning, I would suggest looking into becoming an MBTI® Master Practitioner. This workshop has proven to be a good way to get up to speed on adding the MBTI Step II assessment with clients. The agenda was as follows: Brief review of type Development and uses of the Step II tool Understanding the MBTI® Step II™ Interpretive Report Step I™ type, verified type Definitions of the 20 facets MBTI® Step II™ Interpretive Report Using the Step II assessment with teams Interpretation practice Case studies Action plan There’s a good chance we will conduct this workshop at a future MBTI Users Conference, and I hope you will consider attending. Want to read more about the Users Conference? Check out my previous blog in this series: MBTI® Users Conference—Culture...

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MBTI® Users Conference—Culture Matters

Oct 27, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the 2016 MBTI® Users Conference, you missed out on a wonderful event. I will do my best to help you feel like you were there by covering it in my next blog series. Similar to last year, the conference took place in San Francisco. We were at the legendary Sir Francis Drake Hotel for three days of learning, laughing, eating, and connecting. The theme of the conference was the impact the MBTI tool has on organizational culture. Speakers from every business sector shared their stories with us each day. Attendees came from all over the United States and all over the world. I was thrilled to spend time with people ranging from those I’ve known for more than half my life to those I have just recently met. Stay tuned to learn more… If you would like to read all about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out my last blog series below: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Conclusion Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The Second Goodbye Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The First Goodbye Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Learning How to Use My Inborn Preferences Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Sensing vs. Intuition Challenge Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—ISFJ in Action Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Love Is in the Air Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Loco Moco Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Live in the Moment Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Perceiving Is Alive and Well Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The Krakken Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Three-Hour Tour Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Early Morning and Ready to Go Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Dining by the Sea Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Life of Love Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—My Preferences Do Not Limit My Behavior Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Step II Facets in Action Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Step II™ Planful, Out-of-Preference Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—NF Blessing, NF Curse Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Lifelong Type Development with Eggs and Bacon on the Side Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Father’s Day Too! Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—INFP Preferences in Overdrive Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Extraverted Intuition Meets Introverted Sensing 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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New Ready-to-Deliver Workshops for Easier Facilitation

Oct 25, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Designing an effective MBTI® workshop can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. That’s why CPP created two new workshop facilitation kits—so you can focus your energy on facilitation rather than preparation. The kits come with everything you need to ensure that your training is a success: Workshop ready: Comprehensive, ready-to-deploy presentation slides and training materials with engaging visuals Comes with expert guidance: Includes facilitator notes with workshop instructions and recommended script All-digital content: Conveniently loaded on a USB flash drive If you want a new angle on MBTI insights, check out these ready-to-deliver workshops below. Enjoy! Impactful Influencing: Harnessing the Power of Myers-Briggs® Type Help individuals understand the impact of personality type on influencing, learn how they influence others and how others influence them with four influencing styles, and practice the skills of ethical and effective influencing through a series of activities. Additionally, workshop participants will have the opportunity to create an action plan for developing more effective influencing skills. “Our research, which involved more than 3,500 people around the world, showed that there are four distinct influencing styles related to type preferences, with four distinct influencing languages. And if you are speaking the wrong influencing language, you are likely to have only a 10% chance of successfully influencing someone. That’s where the Impactful Influencing workshop comes in—helping participants increase their chance of success by learning to appreciate and speak the language of the four influencing styles.” —Damian Killen Co-author of Impactful Influencing: Harnessing the Power of Myers-Briggs® Type Founder & Managing Director, Thrive (Read Bio) MBTI® Concepts for Managers: A Step I™ Type Training Workshop for Managing and Mentoring Others Help managers at all levels increase their effectiveness in their role. Workshop participants will become more familiar with the Myers-Briggs® framework and learn techniques for using MBTI preferences in managing and mentoring others. As part of the training, they will practice flexing their type style and discover how to recognize and apply “type cues” observed in others. “After managers have been introduced to MBTI® type, their reaction is often, “This is great—now how do I use it with my team?” MBTI® Concepts for Managers is designed exactly for that purpose! You’ll be able to help managers take the next step in applying MBTI insights to improve their effectiveness when communicating, mentoring, providing feedback, and otherwise supporting their team.” —Patrick L. Kerwin Author of MBTI® Concepts for Managers: A Step I Type...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Conclusion

Oct 20, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

It’s Friday. Kevin, Mom, Dad, and I are the only members of the family still here in Hawaii. Right now we’re having a wonderful breakfast at Daylight Coffee in Queens Market. I make a mental note to come back here on our next trip to Hawaii. I have to keep reminding myself that there will be a next trip so I don’t get too sad. After breakfast we head back to the hotel to finish packing and then meet in the lobby for our drive to the airport. We know this route well after having traveled it a couple of times just yesterday. On the way I make it a point to soak in all the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells of this beautiful place. Arrival and check-in are easy. Thanks, Alaska Airlines, for helping Mom and Dad through security without having to stand in the long line. Thanks also for the easy boarding once it’s time to head out. Once again, we have seats again right across from each other (part of my final planning for this trip). Now I can relax and enjoy all that this trip has brought. My take-away from this vacation from my everyday course in life is a real sense of the importance of family. It had been almost 30 years since the last time we were all together. I can still hear the voices of my sisters as they laughed together throughout the week. Terri’s exuberance for every experience warms my heart. Cindy’s stories of our childhood brought back a flood of memories from all that has helped me become the person that I am today. My parents now sitting across the aisle on the plane continue to inspire me to love Kevin. We bought our wedding rings! I’m sad that our celebration is ending. I don’t want to start crying and am having trouble holding it in. I’m feeling so grateful that we had this time together on such an important event. I hope you have enjoyed reading about it. It’s time for me to move to my next blog series. See you then. If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The Second Goodbye Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The First Goodbye Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Learning How to Use My Inborn Preferences Celebrating a 60th...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The Second Goodbye

Oct 18, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

After dropping off Terri, the rest of us head in to Kona for a tour around the shops. It is very hot out, and our swimming pool is all the way back at the hotel. We walk in to a few galleries to get out of the heat and then decide it is time for lunch at the Kona Brewing Company. Eager to get back to the calmness of our hotel, we head back to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Kevin, Cindy, and I sit out on the hotel deck area that overlooks the ocean and enjoy our last mai-tais together. It’s really sweet seeing how well Cindy and Kevin are getting along. I’m not surprised—they are both wonderful people. Why wouldn’t they get along? As usual, the hours fly by. Mom and Dad join us for a quick dinner in the hotel before we get in the car to now take Cindy to the airport. Again, there are tears as we say goodbye. As I cry, I’m also very grateful for this incredible time together. Ending a trip with one’s sisters and wanting more time instead of less is a great feeling. It was Cindy who taught me how to tie my shoes when I was a kid. She taught me the concept of “manners” and took me to get my first “fancy” haircut. Cindy is the first person in my family that I told I was gay. Seeing my big sister after all these years and connecting with her like this has been one of the happiest experiences of my life. If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The First Goodbye Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Learning How to Use My Inborn Preferences Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Sensing vs. Intuition Challenge Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—ISFJ in Action Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Love Is in the Air Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Loco Moco Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Live in the Moment Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Perceiving Is Alive and Well Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The Krakken Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Three-Hour Tour Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Early Morning and Ready to Go Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Dining by the Sea Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Life of Love Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—My Preferences Do Not Limit My Behavior...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The First Goodbye

Oct 13, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

We are all up and ready early. Terri is leaving this morning. Cindy is leaving tonight. How did our time go by so fast? We enjoy a nice breakfast at King’s Market across the street from our hotel. Terri is in the mood for fish ’n chips so she has them for breakfast. “This is it,” I think to myself. Terri is leaving, and then before you know it we all will be in our own worlds again. The drive to the airport is about twenty minutes. Kevin is playing Hawaiian music in the car. Five days ago this music made me happy. Now, I’m feeling really sad. I know Terri, Cindy, and I will cry when we have to say good-bye to Terri. I just hope I’m able to stop crying soon. When we were kids, if one of us cried, all three of us would cry. We’ve always been that way. We haven’t changed. We drive up to the check-in area, and Terri quickly says, “Just drop me off. I don’t want to cry.” We pull over, all get out, and give each other hugs. Terri turns away and starts walking quickly to the check-in counter. I know she is crying, and so of course I start to cry too. Ahhh! We drive away and wave as Terri turns to say good-bye. I’m determined to organize something soon with her. It has been wonderful getting to know my middle sister again. I’m so proud of the person she has become after all she has been through…so strong, kind, and smart. If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Learning How to Use My Inborn Preferences Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Sensing vs. Intuition Challenge Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—ISFJ in Action Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Love Is in the Air Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Loco Moco Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Live in the Moment Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Perceiving Is Alive and Well Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The Krakken Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Three-Hour Tour Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Early Morning and Ready to Go Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Dining by the Sea Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Life of Love Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—My Preferences Do Not Limit My Behavior Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Step II Facets in Action...

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