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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—ISFJ

12 Jan 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: ISFJ. You likely celebrate birthdays and special events traditionally. Try not to take it personally if others do not focus on these activities as much as you do. This statement relates to the friendly approach I often see from people who prefer Sensing and Feeling. My partner, K...

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MBTI® Users Conference—Communication Breakthroughs: The Genesis for Better Understanding of Others

10 Nov 2016

The next session of the day was led by Daniel Granchanin. Daniel is a cloud platform sales engineer at Google. He was also in one of the MBTI® Certification Programs I facilitated last year. It was great to see him again and to attend his session at the conference. Daniel’s session provided tips on how Google employees hypothesize different people’s MBTI® type preferences by “reading” their body language, conversation, and communication through text, email, and so on. Daniel works with many e...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—ISFJ in Action

04 Oct 2016

After unloading our shopping treasures in the room safe, Kevin and I head down to the pool to join Cindy and Terri. We arrive at the cabana to find Cindy with a cocktail and pu pu platter to share with us. A server comes over, and Kevin and I immediately ask for drinks of our own—mai-tais! They are perfect for a warm Hawaiian afternoon by the pool. Kevin and Cindy have hit it off nicely. He has been wonderful with my family the entire trip. I have shared several times that Kevin’s preferences...

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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—INFJ

11 Feb 2016

One of my very best friends has preferences for INFJ. I have to admit that I don’t personally know many other people with these preferences, and not surprisingly, INFJ is the rarest, or among the rarest type, depending on which data you are looking at. An innovative approach to understanding ideas along with a quiet, considerate, and behind-the-scenes follow-through are workplace contributions often associated with people of this type. Their favorite mental process (Ni) helps them see not only a...

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16 Types in the Workplace—ISFJ

09 Feb 2016

Colleagues and other people I know (including my partner, Kevin) with preferences for ISFJ often provide the friendly and practical follow-through that people in the workplace need. Like their “cousins,” ISTJ, their favorite mental process (Si) helps them remember important details from the past, and this gift can help prevent an organization from repeating mistakes as long as we make sure to include them. However, they need to be encouraged to speak up; we can help by patiently listening and no...

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