The MBTI® - A Foundation for Success

Posted by Jan Craft - Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Jul 02

I have been involved in behavioural profiling using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) as a platform for promoting organisational health for a number of years now. Looking at organisational behaviours is a growing industry with a dazzling array of psychometric profiling tools available. All of them, in one way or another, are designed to identify preferred patterns of behaviour in order to study the impact that behaviour has on individual and team performance.  

This is an admirable pursuit. The result is the promotion of an intentional mindfulness and self awareness that is the mark of healthy and effective leadership. The application and benefits of these profiling tools is felt not just in the workplace but in all aspects of life - both in personal as well as professional relationships. 

Essentially all profiling tools are all based on human behaviours that are both complex but also predictable. Much of what neuroscience is revealing about the workings of the human brain validate these patterns of learned behaviour. It is this very predictability that gives tools like the MBTI® their power. Behavioural patterns were first identified and studied in the ancient Greek world and have been an object of study for centuries. This fundamental aspect of human behaviour is physiologically and neurologically unchanged.  

For many organisations the real issue in introducing these tools into their workplace is which tools is best suited for what is trying to be achieved. The issues are many. It needs to be relevant and applicable in the workplace as well as cost effective, measurable, deliverable and most importantly - simple. If the learning does not produce a re-examination and adaptation of behaviours then it produces little or no lasting value.  

The huge value of the MBTI® is its consistency. Once understood its applications are endless and span issues such as conflict, change, communication, innovation, teamwork, leadership development, career development and many others. It offers a unique foundation for further development and learning. The MBTI® is now forging ahead in new areas such as commercial branding and identifying the dynamics of creativity and  innovation in organisations. 

Why not consider harnessing the power of the MBTI® as a formidable foundational tool for your organisation?  



Applications of the MBTI® with other models

Posted by Jan Craft - Monday, March 11, 2013

Mar 11

One of the great benefits of using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® assessment is the consistency with which it can predict human behaviours. This predictability is extremely useful in understanding and managing a wide range of  issues in the workplace such as change, conflict, stress and many others. The power of the MBTI® is particularly evident when used as a complimentary tool with other instruments. Type Theory is further validated when used to help interpret behavioural outcomes in other indicator models.  

Type Theory is predicated on an understanding that an individuals type in innate and does not change in one's lifetime. This is a characteristic it shares with other personality models such as Temperament Type Theory and the Enneagramme. There are many useful models however that are dynamic in nature in that they allow for behavioural shifts based on the response choice an individual makes in a given situation. These personality indicator models include the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument ™, Fundamental Inter-Personal Relations Orientation™(FIRO®), David Kolb's Learning Styles and David Kelsey's work on Temperament Theory among many others. CPP Asia Pacific, the licensed provider and distributor of the MBTI® in Australia, has recently produced an informative guide on how an understanding of Type can deliver powerful insights to the facilitation of  The Five Dysfunctions of a Team model. The advantage of this collaboration is a greater richness of personal data that in turn delivers deeper insight into an individuals behaviour. 

The facilitation of a MBTI® workshop is a powerful platform on which to build learning about deep self in terms of function and motivation. It provides a rich body of personal data and enhanced self awareness.  

To develop an awareness of our behavioural style and choices is highly valuable but when used alongside the MBTI® the benefit is increased many fold. To be honest I can think of few learning situations where a case for incorporating the MBTI® is not compelling in terms of added value.