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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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Confidence, Extraversion & Understanding – What Helps You The Most?

12 Dec 2017

Written in collaboration with John Hackston, Head of Thought Leadership at OPP Politicians are known for their confidence, but sometimes this can get them into hot water (I’m sure that you can think of some recent examples). You can probably think of a time where you saw someone who seemed to use confidence to cover up a lack of ability. But confidence isn’t just important for politicians, as this article by Laura Barton points out. Women tend to be less confident in their abilities than m...

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10 Books About the MBTI Tool and Type That You Should Read in 2018

30 Nov 2017

Which books about the MBTI assessment and type have had the biggest impact on practitioners? We posted this question on the LinkedIn group of MBTI certified professionals a while ago to discover the titles that had most impressed and inspired practitioners or been a key support in their work with the MBTI assessment. Twenty books rose to the top of the piles. Here are the second set of ten (in no particular order - you can find the first ten in our April post) with comments from the individua...

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Fortune 10 Senior OD Consultant Talks about CPI 260 Certification Experience

28 Sep 2017

Mike A., a Sr. OD Consultant at a Fortune 10 company, shares his perspective on attending the CPI 260® Certification course and why he wanted to add the CPI 260 instrument to his development toolkit. “In my world, I coach people who are high potentials. Individual contributors who’ve been seen by executives as future leaders – they can be first line managers, directors, etc. One thing about the CPI 260 is you can get the same kind of data [that you’d get from 360 feedback] without having to g...

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MBTI Step II Questioning Facet: In-Preference and Out-of-Preference

05 Jul 2017

If you missed the first blog in this series, check out the overview here. Or you can watch this video that covers all 20 MBTI Step II facets. As I mentioned previously, we're going to cover the Thinking-Feeling facets first starting with Questioning and Accommodating. This facet in particular deals with how a person responds to differences in a point of view. Questioning in-preference can come off as a bit harsh at times. I tell a story in my MBTI® Certification Program about a participant wh...

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Interview: The Beginnings of the SuperStrong Assessment

07 Jun 2017

Interviewed by Karen Gonzalez, Product Marketing Manager at CPP. While CPP, Inc. has been around for over sixty years and is best known for the Myers-Briggs® and Strong Interest Inventory® assessments, our small but mighty division, CPP Innovation Labs, was created to listen to our customer’s and the market’s current needs to quickly develop products and services to address those. Challenging the status quo is what we’re all about at CPP Innovation Labs. Craig Johnson, Director of Data Science...

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Leadership and the Intuition–Thinking (NT) Process Pair

06 Jun 2017

People with NT preferences (INTJs, INTPs, ENTPs, ENTJs) typically take a “what else can we do” approach to leadership. They tend to consider new ways to address tasks and projects, and often have an innovative mind-set that is about changing things up to make a situation better. If NT informs your leadership style, you may want to consider how this approach is affecting members of your team. Some of them may appreciate your open approach to new ideas and possibilities, but others may find wha...

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Combining Coaching Tools: Myers-Briggs & FIRO Assessments

02 May 2017

Originally written by Betsy Kendall and Alice King at OPP Often considered a winning combination in coaching, what is it specifically about the FIRO and MBTI assessments that adds depth and complexity to coaching? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator looks at four aspects of our personality that combine together dynamically to capture the fundamental elements of who we are and how we are motivated. This in itself is a powerful coaching tool as it indicates our preferred ways of taking in inform...

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Responding to Criticism of the MBTI Assessment

25 Apr 2017

"As an MBTI practitioner, I encounter a lot of individual opinions and viewpoints about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, sometimes incredibly positive and sometimes vehemently critical. When our work and methods are criticized, it is natural to want to defend oneself, but in doing so it can be difficult not to come across as rather defensive. Understanding where critics of the MBTI assessment are coming from, and how to respond to the individual points that they raise, has an important place. ...

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Ten Recommended Books about MBTI Personality

04 Apr 2017

Which books about MBTI® personality theory and type have had the biggest impact on practitioners? We posted this question on one of our LinkedIn groups a while back to discover the titles that had most impressed and inspired practitioners or been a key support in their work with the MBTI assessment. Twenty books rose to the top of the pile. Here are the first ten – in no particular order – with comments from the individual reviewers. We'll be publishing the second batch later in the year. 1...

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