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The Changing Shape of Teams and Google’s Project Aristotle

Posted 01 Oct 2019 by Melissa Summer

With the advance of technology, how teams in organizations work in the modern world has shifted. Read about the changing shape of teams, Google's Project Aristotle and what's proven most important for teams to succeed.

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Self-Awareness is Critical to Your Company's Success

Posted 06 Sep 2019 by John Hackston, Head of Thought Leadership at The Myers-Briggs Company

Despite many people's belief in their self-awareness, there's a lack of it. Here are a few steps to assess, build and improve self-awareness throughout your organization. 

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Talent Development and Diversity in Dubai with the MBTI Tool

Posted 28 Aug 2019 by Jeff Hayes

CEO Jeff Hayes shares insights around diversity, talent development and other observations from Dubai.

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Understanding Motivation for More Effective Team Behavior

Posted 22 Aug 2019 by Pam Valencia & Melissa Summer

What does motivation have to do with effective team work and behavior? A lot, it turns out. Learn more about interpersonal needs and how they affect relationships and team interactions. 

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The "Freakishly Accurate" Leadership Assessment

Posted 07 Aug 2019 by Shana Lebowitz, Business Insider

"I took a personality test to assess my leadership potential and it was freakishly accurate..."

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Download the 2019 Trends Report

Posted 06 Aug 2019 by Melissa Summer

How do you optimize for the always-on culture? What's the new shape of teams? Check out the 2019 Trends Report: People First For Organizational Fitness for answers to this and more. 

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5 Takeaways for Managers from ATD 2019

Posted 25 Jun 2019 by Melissa Summer

Oprah’s daily reset, self-awareness as performance superfood, psychological safety and more learnings from ATD 2019 

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How to Motivate the People You Manage

Posted 25 Jun 2019 by Melissa Summer

Only a third of employees are engaged at work. How can you help to motivate your people better? By learning a little about psychology and personality type. 

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Happier Employees Build Organizational Success

Posted 26 Apr 2019 by Martin Boult

New research shows higher employee well-being is in line with better company performance

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6 Things Managers and Executives Can Do to Improve Company Culture

Posted 09 Apr 2019 by Jeff Hayes, President and CEO of The Myers-Briggs Company

Organizational culture (company culture) is the way that people within that organization behave and what those people mean when they do those behaviors. And as managers and leaders, you shape and transmit the company culture. Your behaviors reinforce company culture much more than vision and values statements do. Leaders are especially important in this because they have most influence in shaping and transmitting the ‘real’ culture (informal, perceived, understood). This is not ne...

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The Psychology of Change & Complimentary Event

Posted 05 Mar 2019 by msummer

Most people want their businesses to grow. Or at least their bottom line to grow. But there’s an important part of business growth that’s often overlooked – change. Learn more about the psychology of change and how it affects your workforce, as well as about the complimentary Psychology of Change events happening in your area. 

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Harnessing Personality Assessments to Predict Current and Future Job Performance

Posted 14 Feb 2019 by Justin Arneson, Research Scientist

The nature of work is changing. Rapidly. And certain soft skills and characteristics will be at a premium in the workforce of the future. Read more about these forecasts and how certain personality-oriented characteristics, instead of technical competence, will be crucial to successful performance.

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MBTI Facts & Common Criticisms

02 Oct 2018

You've probably heard about the Myers-Briggs assessment, and perhaps have even read an article online that criticizes the MBTI assessment, which made you question the assessment and its validity. The purpose of the below is to help you answer some of the questions you might have about the MBTI tool by addressing some of the most common criticisms and misconceptions. A BRIEF LOOK BACK In order to address the criticisms and misconceptions of the MBTI assessment, it’s helpful to understand the dev...

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PeopleFWD 2018: Where Business Leaders and HR Luminaries Learn How to Help Their Employees Excel and Organizations Achieve

30 Aug 2018

When the COO of Facebook calls your presentation on workplace culture "the most important document ever to come out of the Valley," you're probably onto something. Patty McCord spent 14 years as Chief Talent Officer at Netflix crafting a high-performing culture that helped transform them from a start-up DVD rental company to the most valuable media company in the world (even surpassing Disney). Want to hear about how she did it? PeopleFWD 2018 is a premiere event for HR professionals and ...

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How Association Leaders Can Use Assertiveness Gracefully

17 Aug 2018

This article originally appeared on the Center for Association Leadership website. Assertiveness is both valued and lamented in contemporary business culture. Whether assertiveness is a vice or virtue, it can be used as a highly calculated tool for specific situations. For association executives, assertiveness can play a two-faced role. As an organizational attitude, it can be alienating to members, but the skill can also be invaluable for advocating on behalf of members and one’s industry. Im...

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We’re All Innovators Pt II: Bringing the Vision to Fruition

02 Jul 2018

In my last post we talked about how different types innovate in different ways, and are at their best during different phases (a la Damian Killen in Type and Innovation) of the innovation process. Those preferring NP tend to be better at the “discover” phase, and are great at generating ideas; Those preferring NJ excel in the “decide” phase, and apply their innovative skills to choosing the right direction and developing a strategy for making it happen; people who prefer SP come alive during the...

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We’re All Innovators...But We Do It According to Type

26 Jun 2018

By Sherrie Haynie, Director of US Professional Services We’d all like to think of ourselves as ‘innovative’, wouldn’t we? At its core, being innovative involves somehow being able to come up with original ideas and apply them in ways that have some benefit, either for ourselves or for someone else. It’s certainly pertinent to your career and livelihood, but it just as equally at play in all aspects of live, whether it be redesigning your house, managing your money raising your kids, or making...

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Help Our Research Team & Be First to Receive Study Results

19 Jun 2018

Have you wondered if your Myers-Briggs personality type influences your well-being at work? Or does your type influence how you improve your well-being? To help answer these questions, we've put together an international research project investigating well-being at work and the MBTI assessment. And we're asking for your help. To participate in the survey, you need to 1) know your verified MBTI personality type, 2) be currently employed, and 3) have 15 minutes to spend answering a few...

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Leveraging Your Personality Type for Stress Management During the Job Interview Process

30 May 2018

As I sit down to write this story on how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool can help us deal with stress during the interview process, I can’t help but feel a bit stressed myself. I need to get ready for a workshop later this week. Each time I’ve attempted to sit down and prepare this morning, my brain has filled up with a litany of other things to which I need to attend. My plate is plenty full, and yet I keep adding more portions to it. Then, I realize that so much of how I deal...

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For an Authentic, Effective Job Interview, You Must First Understand Your Own Personality Type (Part II)

23 May 2018

In my previous blog, I discussed how you can leverage your preferences for either introversion or extraversion – preferences based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – to present an authentic version of yourself during a job interview. Today, I’ll dive a little deeper and talk about how to leverage the other aspects of your personality type to improve your odds of getting a job that is an excellent fit for you. Before I begin, it’s important to remember the concept of “flexing” disc...

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