Most of us naturally prefer to work with people who think in the same way we do. Other people often seem to be living on a different planet and we can't understand how their minds work. However, if we work only with people who are like us, we run the risk of missing important things that we should have paid attention to, particularly if we are dealing with the unknown or unexpected.
Teamwork is actually much more effective if we can harness and make use of the differences between team members.' The original questionnaire was developed during World War II by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs-Myers. The tool was developed to help women entering industrial work for the first time understand what type of work they would be best suited to.
The following way of understanding and valuing difference is based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator*, which was developed from the work of Carl Gustav Jung. It suggests that we all have within us four pairs of opposite preferences, but just as we develop more skill at writing with one hand than with the other, we develop more skill in using one preference than its opposite. When we meet someone with the opposite preference, we may find it quite difficult to understand their view of life or their line of reasoning. Do you tend to...
|Get your energy from inside yourself, and like to think things through before speaking?
||Get your energy from the outside world, from other people and events?
|Work well with specific information and facts, observe what's going on around you and focus on practical aspects of a situation?
||Focus on the future rather than the present, like to know the "big picture", prefer patterns and abstract possibilities to facts?
|Make decisions by analysing the logical consequences of each course of action, and focus on the task rather than the people?
||Make decisions by appealing to your values and beliefs, and focus on making sure everyone is happy?
|Prefer things well planned and organised, and feel relieved when actions have been decided?
||Prefer to keep your options open, be spontaneous, not to tie yourself down?
Myers-Briggs is a perfect solution for any facilitated team building event
whereby feedback and theory is essential for enhanced team development and understanding
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