If I knew the source of this quote I would gladly credit him or her for this pithy analogy. I’ve shared this quote repeatedly during my career because it highlights, quite nicely, the flaw in the “I don’t have time” argument. If you don’t set time aside to refuel, you eventually won’t go anywhere. Continue reading
The folks over at CPP, Inc. (the official publisher of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) just released these handy buyers guides for giving gifts based on MBTI Type profiles. If you know or can typewatch those in your life, the advice below might come in handy. The gift suggestions are based on the core function pairs (the two middle letters in your Type), often referred to as the “heart of type” because they reflect the core of who we are.
Before you enjoy these gift guides in all their glory, however, it might be helpful to get a quick refresher on the core function pairs:
NT (Intuitive/Thinking): Prefer to take in information in conceptual, abstract, big-picture ways. Concerned with the why and the future. Prefer to make decisions using impersonal logic and analysis. Like to explore the possibilities and meaning.
NF (Intuitive/Feeling): Prefer to take in information in conceptual, abstract, big-picture ways. Concerned with the why and the future. Prefer to make decisions by using their values and beliefs. Will often focus on harmony and relationships.
ST (Sensing/Thinking): Prefer to take in information using their five senses. As a result they are practical, realistic, specific, and literal. Prefer to make decisions using impersonal logic and analysis. Want to focus on real-time problems and tasks.
SF (Sensing/Feeling): Prefer to take in information using their five senses. As a result they are practical, realistic, specific, and literal. Prefer to make decisions by using their values and beliefs. Naturally attentive to personal details.
So with that in mind, enjoy this set of personality gift-giving guides. You can click on each image to view a larger version. Happy gift hunting, everyone. 🙂
Now it’s your turn? What do you think? If you know your Type, is this guide accurate? Want do you want Santa to bring you this year? Post your thoughts in the comments box below and thanks for stopping by!
“Our staff meetings are a mess. We schedule 2 hours a week, they go 4, and we rarely get more than halfway through the planned agenda.” Continue reading
I’m a beach person. To me a vacation isn’t a vacation without the beach. Sadly it’s been some time since I’ve been able to take a beach trip. As we are currently in the throes of beach vacation season, I’ll invite you to pause and beach daydream with me for a bit…
Take a few moments and look at the picture above. What springs to mind? What does this picture make you think of? How you answer is somewhat defined by your MBTI Type preferences. Continue reading
This infographic (PDF) from the folks who publish the MBTI (created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the instrument) pairs nicely with my previous article on employee recognition and employee engagement. Having recognition insight based on MBTI Type can be invaluable and may help cut down on misperceptions and assumptions. Now get busy recognizing all those around you! ~Joe
Team conflict at work is inevitable. The close proximity of employees and the demands of the environment mean that conflict is virtually guaranteed. It’s not just expected…it’s common and no workplace, no industry, no team is immune. So before you read any further, re-read that first sentence. It’s inevitable. Conflict will always be there and no leader, no matter how gifted, can make it go away. Indeed, navigating conflict across your team is a part of what you signed up for as a leader.
Conflict is not always bad. Conflict is often an opportunity that, when handled effectively, enhances communication and produces change that many are collectively invested in. That said, the resulting tension of unhealthy conflict can sabotage the performance of everyone in the office and negatively impact the morale of the team. It can also be detrimental if it is witnessed by or indirectly affects customers. Leaders have to balance two approaches to managing conflict in the workplace: the proactive role of preventing conflict and the reactive role of managing and diffusing conflict during and after it occurs. Here’s how to succeed at both approaches: Continue reading
Ah, the smartphone. Ever present in the daily lives of many. According to Pew (in data released earlier this month) a majority of Americans now own a smartphone. A closer look at the data reveals that 70% of Americans below the retirement age now carry a sophisticated internet-capable device in their pockets daily. Certainly the conversations about how this has helped and/or harmed society are many. But can your smartphone make you a better leader?
Lots of articles have been written about how a smartphone can impact organization and productivity. I’m here to tell you that your smartphone can help you become a better leader, that is it can help you exhibit the qualities that employees value and respond to in the workplace. Here are the top five things you can start doing today on your smartphone that will make you a better leader: Continue reading