Friday, February 15, 2008
Don't say I didn't warn you
So my department is having everyone go through the Myer's-Briggs personality analysis with the objective of improving communication and consequently, productivity. If you think this is more touchy-feely than necessary, you would be in alignment with my original perspective. HOWEVER, I must now confess it was useful and helped me see where some of the major conflicts I've had with people may have originated. The analysis leader, a professor here at UNL, said we should share our types with others, so I'm going to let you know I'm an ENTP. I was this when I first took this test as an undergrad and surprising to me - because I've worked so hard on some of this type's weaknesses - test out the same now.
I'm an ENTP, which stands for Extrovert, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving. I barely register as an extrovert, but the intuitive orientation is as strong as it can possibly be. In fact, the presenter mentioned a rating like that would probably wreak some havoc on one's life. Yeah, no kidding. But, knowledge is power and I already knew I was this way and work on it. To what avail, I don't know given the test came out the same, but I'll keep at it.
In any case, having taken several instruments of this type, one thing I like about the Myers-Briggs is the mindset of working on weaknesses in order to become more whole, a more complete person. I think that's an important aspect left out of instruments like Gallup's strength-finder. Though, one might argue the strength finder isn't about weaknesses. Handle that in your off time. It's about finding what you have to wield with some potency. If I remember correctly, my top 5 on that were command, tactical, relator, learner, and I don't recall what else, maybe strategic. In light of the Myers-Briggs results, I can see why some would say what they do on occasion. And that's all I'm sayin' about that.
What about you?