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Leadership and the Intuition–Feeling (NF) Process Pair

30 May 2017

People with NF preferences (INFJs, INFPs, ENFPs, ENFJs) typically take a “let’s make a difference” approach to leadership. They consider how others can be positively affected over the long term instead of just in the present moment. In leading they tend to focus on big-picture, future-oriented ideas that can empower people to “be better.” If NF informs your leadership style, you may want to consider how this approach is affecting members of your team. Some of them may appreciate your support ...

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Showing Appreciation—ENFP

21 Feb 2017

In this series I’m delving into how each of the 16 types approaches being thankful. If you want to read a little about your own preferences ahead of time, feel free to visit this link: cpp.com/share. Today’s type: ENFP. You appreciate others heartily with a flurry of attention. Some people may like more private, quiet recognition. That description reflects the enthusiastic, “cheerleader” approach often displayed by individuals who prefer ENFP. I actually love their positive, “can-do” attit...

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Summer Vacation Decision Making—Extraverted Intuition

09 Jun 2016

Once you have spent time considering the facts and details during decision making (more about that in our previous blog post here), it’s important to consider the possibilities beyond the “what is.” Extraverted Intuition (Ne) most often helps us consider the possibilities beyond what is right in front of us and what we have learned from the past. As you think about where you might go for vacation this summer, consider the following Ne questions: How can I keep my options open regarding po...

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Summer Vacation Decision Making—Introverted Sensing

07 Jun 2016

Of course, using Sensing plays a huge role in any decision we make regardless of our preferences. In my previous post I covered extraverted Sensing. It’s now time to address introverted Sensing (Si). While it indicates a similar focus on facts and details, introverted Sensing most often perceives those facts and details as they relate to specifics from the past. As you think about where you might go for vacation this summer, consider the following Si questions: Where have I gone on vacation ...

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Type at the Family Conference Table: Extraverted Intuition

10 May 2016

Written by Mathew David Pauley, JD, MA, MDR People with preferences for ENTP and ENFP are comfortable directing their focus and energy toward the future and what is possible. They generally see potential options, but when they cannot, they often are willing to create them. They can generate a sense of optimism in others due to their natural abilities to see connections and brainstorm different, creative approaches to problem solving. This is exactly what ENTPs’ and ENFPs’ favorite mental func...

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Type at the Family Conference Table: Introverted Sensing

05 May 2016

Written by Mathew David Pauley, JD, MA, MDR As care providers, we are often balancing experience with hope. When our patients are critically ill, we weigh our desire to help them return to normal life against our experience with all the cases we have dealt with in the past—those that had a good outcome and those that did not—and we try to make the best recommendations we can. From a type perspective, there is an intriguing analogy between analyzing data and maintaining hope and our preference...

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16 Types in the Workplace—ENFP

15 Mar 2016

I’m around a lot of people with preferences for ENFP. I enjoy their “we-can-do-it-together” approach that our work projects need. Their favorite mental process (Ne) helps them come up with all kinds of ideas that others may not have considered. This favorite process is backed up by their second favorite process (Fi), which like their ESFP “cousins,” can help them stick to their values when making decisions. Serving as a good workplace example with their motivational and encouraging demeanor is a...

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