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Working on Group Projects: T and F

Working on Group Projects: T and F

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 two blogs we examined how you can maximize the power of the E and I and S an N preferences on a group project. In this blog we’ll take a look at the Thinking (T) and Feeling (F) preferences and how, when both are working together, they can make a good group project even better.

The T and F preferences are the decision-making preferences. As you analyze and make decisions together as a group, each of these preferences can bring a perspective that can make the other say, “I never thought of that!” Let’s look at how your preference for T or F might work in a group.

If you have a preference for T, you’ll likely focus on being objective and logical as you solve problems related to the project. Ts are usually comfortable examining both the pros and the cons of a particular approach or solution, and will often focus on what’s not working, since that’s what needs fixing.

If you have a preference for F, you’ll likely focus on being harmonious and empathetic as you solve problems related to the project. Fs usually want to ensure that each group member feels heard and included, and will often focus on what’s positive about each member’s approach or solution.

From those descriptions you can see how having both preferences working on a group project could be beneficial. But also, because of their different styles, both Ts and Fs must try to remember each other’s very different needs.

If you have a preference for T, monitor how direct you are with your F teammates. Try starting out with a comment that creates connection before going directly to a critique or to the topic.

If you have a preference for F, watch how personal your interactions are with your T teammates. You can be much more direct with Ts than you would usually be.

In our next blog we’ll take a look at the last pair of preferences, J and P, and how they affect group projects. See you there!

 

Read Patrick’s previous blog: Working on Group Projects: S and N

 

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