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Leadership and the Sensing–Thinking (ST) Process Pair

16 May 2017

People with ST preferences (ISTJs, ISTPs, ESTPs, ESTJs) typically take a “let’s get it done” approach to leadership. They want to tackle the task at hand and prefer to jump right in to get things right the first time. In fact, they are likely to be annoyed by discussion of matters that don’t directly relate to the task. They prefer to move on from anything they consider superfluous and get to what “needs” to get done. If ST informs your leadership style, you may want to consider how this appr...

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Showing Appreciation—ISTJ

10 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: ISTJ. Showing appreciation may not come naturally to you. Try to offer more positive comments to the important people in your life. That description links to the “bottom-line” approach of people with preferences for ISTJ. Those who prefer Sensing and Thinking tend to want to get ...

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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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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—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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16 Types in the Workplace—ISTJ

04 Feb 2016

The people I know with preferences for ISTJ often provide the direct and to-the-point follow-through that work projects need. 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 these individuals are encouraged to share their historical approach to understanding facts. This favorite process is backed up by their second favorite process (Te), which can help them organize decisions...

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Is It Over Already?

26 Jan 2016

It has been a great three days (one day of pre-conference and two days in conference). The final conference session was a keynote by Wayne Cascio, Reynolds Distinguished Chair in Global Leadership, titled “Workplace Challenges: What’s Next?” This was a perfect end to the conference, and it offered great insight on what is coming down the pike. Topics addressed included: Extreme longevity—people are living longer; by 2025 the number of people over the age of 60 will increase by 70% The rise...

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