The Exclusive Career Coach
115: Leveraging Personality Differences in the Workplace
This month, I’m sharing pieces of programs I offer to corporations, non-profit organizations, professional associations, and community organizations.
This week, I’m talking about the MBTI, and how to leverage personality differences in the workplace.
I created this program as a quick overview of personality and how it plays out in the workplace.
I also do half-day and full-day retreats on the MBTI. In these instances, participants take the MBTI online prior to the retreat and I bring their results with me to the retreat. I spend the morning explaining the facets of the MBTI and what their results are telling them.
The afternoon is spent engaging in activities that bring the differences in personality to life through various activities. At the end of the day, we spend a fair amount of time processing what they’ve learned about themselves and their coworkers.
In the shorter version, participants don’t take the MBTI, but I explain the facets to them and give them some tools for recognizing the personality preferences of their team members. I also talk about how they can maximize their team’s effectiveness using personality type.
Research has shown that:
-You will get along better with those who are like you
-A balanced group will be more effective, if you can get everyone on the same page
THE PERSONALITY PAIRS
Extraversion – Introversion (How you recharge)
Sensing – Intuition (How you take in information)
Thinking – Feeling (How you make decisions)
Judging – Perceiving (How you structure your world)
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
Extraverts need Introverts so there’s someone listening
Introverts need Extraverts so there’s someone talking
Sensors need Intuitives so there’s creativity
Intuitives need Sensors so there’s attention to detail
Thinkers need Feelers so the humanity of the organization shines through
Feelers need Thinkers because there are tough decisions to be made
Judgers need Perceivers so they don’t always rush into a decision
Perceivers need Judgers because deadlines are real
Keys for recognizing the personality preferences of your team members, so you can maximize their effectiveness
If you have a team member who is great with details and deadlines, you probably have a Sensor-Judger
- Give this person complex projects
-Provide thorough information on project scope, timeline, deadlines, etc.
-You might feel like you’re micromanaging, but they won’t see it that way
-Give them a front-facing role
-Make sure they aren’t in a back corner somewhere
-Compensate for how draining too much time alone will be for them
-Compensate for how draining meetings and groups will be for them
If you’ve never been exposed to the MBTI, consider this your first “foreign language” lesson!
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