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Leadership and the Sensing–Feeling (SF) Process Pair

23 May 2017

People with SF preferences (ISFJs, ISFPs, ESFPs, ESFJs) typically take a “thoughtful helping of others” approach to leadership. They consider how the factual information they provide (who, what when, why, where) might help others in a here-and-now way. They tend to have a supportive and practical leadership style, offering information that can be useful today instead of someday. If SF informs your leadership style, you may want to consider how this approach is affecting members of your team. ...

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Showing Appreciation—ESFP

16 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: Today’s type: ESFP. You likely enjoy finding or making practical gifts or sharing events. Remember, others may not like spontaneous celebrations. That description relates to the here-and-now, friendly approach often shown by individuals who prefer ESFP. But while their way of showing appreciat...

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MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / It Is Reliable

08 Dec 2016

Patrick addressed that the criticism that the MBTI tool isn’t reliable all tracks back to one article published in 1993, before the current form was even published. Data show that test-retest reliability for the MBTI tool is actually very good. When people get a different result on the assessment from one time to the next, it is usually because they reported “slight” the first time. With a result of “slight,” you could have answered just a few questions differently and reported toward the opposi...

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Summer Vacation Decision Making—Introverted Intuition

14 Jun 2016

In my previous post I covered extraverted Intuition. It’s now time to address introverted Intuition (Ni). While there is a similar focus on big-picture possibilities, introverted Intuition most often helps us perceive the big picture as it relates to long-term possibilities. As you think about where you might go for vacation this summer, consider the following Ni questions: What is the most unique and unusual vacation experience I can imagine? What would be a vacation that I would be one o...

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Summer Vacation Decision Making—Extraverted Sensing

03 Jun 2016

When I think about the best decisions I have made in my life, it usually comes down to taking a more balanced approach to whatever I’m deciding. That balanced approach often comes easier when we consider using all four of our mental processes (Sensing, Intuition, Thinking, and Feeling) along with the attitudes of each (Extraversion and Introversion). Put that all together and you get the eight MBTI® patterns of mental activity (Se, Si, Ne, Ni, Te, Ti, Fe, Fi). If you want to read more about thes...

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Type at the Family Conference Table: Extraverted Sensing

19 May 2016

Written by Mathew David Pauley, JD, MA, MDR Leaving the hospital is often wrought with anxiety for family members faced with numerous things they must address for the patient. Hospitals are staffed with highly trained and highly attentive teams of caregivers, so the prospect of a loved one leaving the relative's safety with the hospital can be nerve wracking. Even moving from one unit to another within the same hospital is often cause for concern. That said, everyone who enters a hospital shoul...

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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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16 Types in the Workplace—ESFP

08 Mar 2016

The few people I know with preferences for ESFP often provide a detailed, here and now picture to understanding problems that our projects need. Their favorite mental process (Se) helps them see the practical reality of situations. This favorite process is backed up by their second favorite process (Fi) which can help them apply a values-based approach solution to problems. Serving as a good workplace example by dealing with work on teams with a low-stress and fun demeanor is an important contri...

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