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Global MBTI® Panel

Global MBTI® Panel

I was lucky to have on the stage with me four panelists who were prepared, knowledgeable, and experienced. Plus, they were all people I’ve worked with and have admired for a number of years. That made it easy to moderate. I decided to start with the panelist who has been involved with CPP and the MBTI® tool the longest and work my way around the world.

Betsy Kendall, COO and head of Professional Services at OPP, started us off. She shared the challenges Europe is facing with an aging workforce and widely diverse cultures and how the MBTI tool can “help leaders understand the type of work that is intrinsically motivating to their staff and the way those staff like to be led.” Betsy also addressed the need for MBTI practitioners in Europe and around the world to focus more on the mental functions and how they can be explored further during lifelong development.

Next up was Dr. Jopie DeBeer, CEO and managing director of JvR Africa Group. Sharing her experience on the world’s largest continent, comprising 14% of the world’s population, Dr. DeBeer said that the MBTI tool “provides significant value in Africa” to appreciate, understand, and manage diversity; build leadership in corporate but also small to medium-size organizations; and manage conflict and tolerance. Further, Jopie said the MBTI tool “plays an incredibly valuable role in understanding family dynamics, the similarities and differences in partnerships, the style of leadership, the development of candidates in succession planning, and more.”

Following Jopie came Shanping Wang, managing director at Skill & Will based out of Shanghai. Shanping was not exaggerating when he talked about the profound changes that are happening across China. In that context, he sees leaders in China facing a number of core challenges, and the MBTI tool “can help them to take up the challenges, very effectively: from managing projects to leading people; from groups with hierarchical tradition to teams which are self-led.” In other words, the MBTI tool can help leaders understand the importance of flexing their approach to the needs of their followers.

Our final panelist was Guadalupe Lepe (I know her as Lupita), who is the CEO and director of Human Development Solutions from Mexico City, and our newest partner. Lupita said that more than 90% of companies in Mexico are small or medium size. “For an entrepreneur leader, having skills and resources that encourage good communication and understanding stress behaviors will equip the leader in the first stages of the business to build a culture that supports consistent growth.” Further, Mexico is experiencing a new generation of leaders. Unlike in Europe, Mexico is seeing the rise of a younger population—the millennials. While the MBTI tool is a recent resource in Mexican business, it is getting more attention because of its approach of encouraging people to express their differences. Further, Lupita shared that “the MBTI tool can help small and medium-size businesses by helping leaders to focus on strengthening their teams and adapting leadership styles to meet the needs of a younger generation, all to gain employee engagement and commitment, and to increase productivity.”

If you would like more information on the 2016 MBTI® Users Conference, click here.

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