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Working on Group Projects: S and N

Working on Group Projects: S and N

10-part series by Patrick Kerwin, MBTI® Master Practitioner, with some great tips on how students can manage conflict.

Working on Group Projects: S and N

In the previous blog we took a look at how you can maximize the E and I preferences to get the best from a group project. In this blog we’ll take a look at the Sensing (S) and Intuition (N) preferences and how both preferences can give your project a boost.

The S and N preferences are the information preferences. These preferences influence the kind of content you tend to focus on. And on a group project it is useful to have people who can bring in different kinds of content and information. So let’s examine how your preferences for S or N might work on a team.

If you have a preference for S, you’ll likely focus on the specific goals of the project and the steps to get there. Ss tend to be practical and realistic, and it’s natural for them to be the people on the team who make sure that the facts and details are covered properly.

If you have a preference for N, you’ll likely focus on the overall theme of the project and new ways to approach it. Ns tend to be conceptual and imaginative, and it’s natural for them to be the people on the team who make sure that new possibilities are being considered.

When Ss and Ns work together on a group project, they’ll have both the specifics and the possibilities covered—a powerful combination! But they’ll also need to remember the very different information needs they each have.

If you have a preference for S and you’re working with someone with a preference for N, try starting out with a theme or big-picture explanation before you discuss specifics. Once Ns understand the theme, they’ll be better able to hear the specifics that support it. Also, run your part of the project by one of your N teammates. He or she might be able to bring a new perspective to what you’ve done.

If you have a preference for N and you’re working with someone with a preference for S, try starting out with specifics or details before you get into themes or concepts. Once Ss understand the specifics, they’ll be better able to hear the big-picture idea. Also, run your part of the project by one of your S teammates. He or she might be able to see whether you’ve missed anything.

Now that you have an understanding of how the S and N preferences can benefit a group project, in our next blog we’ll examine the T and F preferences!

 

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