5 Retreat Activities to Ignite Team Performance

retreat“Saying I don’t have time to attend training is like saying I don’t have time to stop driving the car to fill up for gas.”

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

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Gift Giving…Based on Personality Type

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. 🙂

Finding_Gifts_for_NT_PreferencesFinding_Gifts_for_NF_Preferences Finding_Gifts_for_SF_Preferences Finding_Gifts_for_ST_Preferences

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!

MBTI: Daydreaming about the beach…

beach pictureI’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

Recognition for all 16 MBTI Types

typeheads recognition thumbnailThis 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

Leadership Challenge: Teams in Conflict

conflictTeam 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

Living the MBTI: The Perceiving Client

letter-p-photoLiving the MBTI is an ongoing series of posts detailing how knowledge of Type preferences can be used in every day life.

A close friend of mine relayed an experience to me this week that serves as a great example of Living the MBTI. She works as an independent contractor providing therapy services to assisted living facilities. I’ll let her tell the story: Continue reading