There has been a lot of buzz here at Halogen with the recent launch of our Halogen® Myers-Briggs® module. In advance of its upcoming corporate roll-out at Halogen, a number of us have taken the MBTI®Complete (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®) personality type assessment and are delighting in our results.
For many, we have a renewed sense of self-awareness and understanding of what makes us tick.
Employees have been openly sharing their Myers-Briggs personality types with one another and posting their MBTI “type heads” (see below) to their cubicle walls so co-workers can gain a better understanding of their personality types.
On the surface, learning about one another’s personality types can make for a few “a-ha” moments and laughs around the office.
But we’ve found there is real power in understanding our co-workers’ preferences.
My rather unexpected Myers-Briggs results…
I was surprised with my own MBTI®Complete assessment results.
I have some introverted tendencies:
- I tend to think before I speak
- I’m quiet at times (though my husband and friends would disagree…)
- I enjoy my solitude every now and again.
Turns out, though, I am an ENTJ (Extraversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judging) with “moderate” extraverted preferences.
I suspect though, that I’m a bit of an ambivert, a concept Jeffrey M Cohn talks about in his recent blog post, Introvert or Extrovert: What Style Is More Likely to Help You Get a Big Promotion at Work?.
ENTJs are logical, critical, problem solvers, curious, decisive, tough but fair, and active. They “quickly identify illogical and inefficient procedures and feel a strong urge to correct them”.
Yup! Rings true for me, particularly the “feel a strong urge to correct them” part. ENTJs are “action oriented and strategic”. Definitely me. I prefer the bigger picture versus the more tactical and can have tunnel vision when ensuring objectives are met.
ENTJs are “seldom content in jobs that require routine maintenance activities”. Check! I’d go out of my mind without change every day. And this is my favorite: “they may make decisions too quickly without considering alternatives or exploring possibilities.”
Uh-huh… I’m nodding as I write this part. I once bought a brand-new car over the phone without test driving it and decided to buy my first house based on a 1x1 inch picture of its exterior. Is that what they mean by being decisive?
With this kind of personal insight, I can learn to flex be it in my personal or work life — to compensate for my shortfalls and be more successful. For example, I can use this insight to slow down my decisions at work to ensure all possibilities are considered, and to perhaps apply the concept of a “test drive” the next time I buy a car!
Knowing me, knowing you
Being aware of your own personality type is fascinating, but I’m going to tell you why it’s so powerful to understand your fellow employees’ personality types as well. Let’s take my co-worker and fellow blogger, Sean Conrad
Sean is an ENFP (Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving). As an ENFP, he’s energetic, warm and friendly, has contagious enthusiasm, and is an expressive communicator. While we share the E-extraversion and N-intuition parts, we are very different in other areas.
Have a look at our MBTI® type and stress heads:
MBTI Type Heads for me and Sean:
Our MBTI Stress Heads:
Sean is lively, sociable, friendly, and is very people-oriented. I can be tough, logical, and challenging and can overlook the important people/feeling component in a given situation, something that I know my colleague can help me with.
Comparing personality types in the Halogen Myers-Briggs module
The Halogen Myers-Briggs module makes it easy to complete and track Myers-Briggs personality type assessments and use their valuable insights to improve self-awareness, communication, coaching and collaboration across the entire organization.
Knowing that I’m an ENTJ, and Sean is an ENFP, let’s look at how we can use this information to understand each other better.
In the below screenshot from the Halogen Myers-Briggs module, I’ve used the “Compare Types” functionality to see at a glance how my Myers-Briggs type compares to that of Sean’s:
Sean and I share the Extraversion and Intuition preferences as mentioned, but Sean is Feeling and Perceiving, whereas I am Thinking and Judging. With this information I know that with Sean’s Feeling preference he tends to consider “will anyone be hurt”, whereas my Thinking preference has me considering “is this logical”?
So when working together, he can remind me to consider the impacts a particular decision has on people. We can also use this information to flex to each other’s communication preferences to make our interactions less stressful and more productive given a broader perspective.
Using interactive tips feature in the Halogen Myers-Briggs module
The interactive tips feature in the Halogen Myers-Briggs module also provides suggestions on how best to communicate with employees of other personality types. It covers tips on what they want to hear and how they typically express themselves.
For example, using this feature I can see right away that when Sean expresses himself as an ENFP, he tends to be highly participative, sociable and friendly, whereas I tend to take control and direct rather than encourage or motivate – two very different styles of communication!
As an ENTJ, I like to hear clear expectations and long-range goal setting and planning, whereas my co-worker prefers to hear about people’s experiences, feelings, thoughts and ideas. Given a shared understanding of these differences, Sean and I can anticipate potential areas of conflict or misunderstanding when working together.
In a meeting with one another, for example, Sean may be comfortable with more general directions and information, but I may be expecting to hear specific expectations about a goal or project.
In the end what’s really compelling about having a shared understanding of our personality types is that we are more aware of our communication strengths and foibles. By making this information easily accessible and centrally stored with the Halogen Myers-Briggs module, everyone in the organization can benefit from improved self-awareness, communication and teamwork. And that has all the makings of helping to build a world-class workforce.
Learn more about the Halogen Myers-Briggs module:
If you’d like to learn more about the Halogen Myers-Briggs module, then register for our upcoming demo webinar: Instill an organizational culture of self-awareness and teamwork with the new Halogen Myers-Briggs® module on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 1:30-2:00 pm EDT.
During the webinar Sean and I will walk through the key features of the module and how it can help employees better understand how to interact with each other for improved collaboration and productivity.
Your turn: Do you know your MBTI type? How has this knowledge helped you to communicate and collaborate more effectively with others?