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MBTI & StrengthsQuest Presentation

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USF Career Success Center

on 4 September 2013

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Transcript of MBTI & StrengthsQuest Presentation

Does it pay to know your personality type?
An indicator, not a test
Looks only at normal behavior
No good or bad types - all have
their strengths and pitfalls
"Preferences are innate, they are
inborn predispositions. They interact
with and are shaped by the environment."
The direction in which we
focus our attention and energy.

People who prefer Extraversion:
Focus their energy and attention outward
Are interested in the world of people and things
Are attracted to the outer world of people and events
Are aware of who and what is around them
Enjoy meeting and talking with new people
Are friendly, often verbally skilled, and easy to know
Tend to speak out easily and often at meetings
May not be as aware of what is going on inside themselves
Do their thinking as they speak
May act and/or speak first, then (possibly) think
Tell you about themselves, speaking rapidly
Give breadth to life
Can get bored and restless if they're alone too long
Can seem shallow and intruding to Introverts
Need Introversion for balance
People who prefer Introversion:
Focus their energy and attention inward
Are interested in the inner world of thoughts and reflections
Are attracted to the inner world of thoughts, feelings, and reflections
Are usually very aware of their inner reactions
Prefer to interact with people they know
Are often quiet in meetings and seem uninvolved
Are often reserved and harder to get to know
May not be as aware of the outer world around them
Need time to gather their thoughts before speaking
Reflect and think before (possibly) acting
Want to know you before self-disclosing
Become drained and tired interacting with people (particularly strangers)
Give depth to life
Can seem withdrawn and secretive to Extraverts
Need Extraversion for balance
The way we take in information and the
kind of information we like and trust
People who prefer Sensing:
Prefer to take in information using their five senses - sight, sound, smell, taste, touch
See and collect facts and details
Are practical and realistic
Start at the beginning and take one step at a time
Are specific and literal when speaking, writing, and listening
Live in the present, dealing with the here and now
Prefer reality to fantasy
Like to work with the parts to see the overall design
Like set procedures, established routines
Prefer practical, concrete problems and dislike theoretical or abstract problems
Can seem materialistic and too literal to Intuitive types
Need Intuition for balance
People who prefer intuition:
Go beyond what is real or concrete and focus on meaning, associations, and relationships
See patterns, possibilities, connections, and meanings in information
Are conceptual and abstract
Start anywhere and may leap over basic steps
Speak and write in general, metaphorical terms
Live in the future - the possibilities
Prefer imagination and ingenuity to reality
Study the overall design to see how the parts fit
Thrive on change, new ideas, and variety
Prefer imaginative new solutions to problems and become impatient with details
Can seem impractical dreamers to Sensing types
Need Sensing for balance
The way we make decisions
People who prefer Thinking:
or problem
Use logic to analyze the problem, assess pros and cons
Focus on the facts and the principles
Are good at analyzing a situation
Focus on problems and tasks - not relationships
May not include the impacts on people or people's emotions in their decision making
Take a long-term view, seeing things as an onlooker
Are good at spotting flaws and inconsistenices and stating them clearly
When required, can reprimand or fire people
Believe fairness, justice, and equitability are very important
May seem cold and detached to Feeling types
Need Feeling for balance
People who prefer Feeling:
or problem
Make their decisions base on impersonal, objective logic
Make their decisions with a person-centered, values-based process
Use their personal values to understand the situation
Focus on the values of the group or organization
Are good at understanding people and their viewpoints
Concentrate on relationships and harmony
May overlook logical consequences of individual decisions
Take an immediate and personal view of situations
Like to show appreciation and caring for others
Have difficulty telling people unpleasant things
Believe fairness means treating each individual as a whole peson
May seem overly emotional and irrational to Thinking types
Need Thinking for balance
Stepping into the situation
Stepping back from the situation
Our attitude toward the external world and how we orient ourselves to it
People who prefer Judging:
Want the external world to be organized and orderly
Look at the world and see decisions that need to be made
Like to make plans and follow them
Like to get things settled and finished
Like environments with structure and clear limits
Enjoy being decisive and organizing others
Handle deadlines and time limits comfortably
Plan ahead to avoid last-minute rushes
Like rapidly getting to the bottom line and deciding
Dislike being interrupted on a project, even for a more urgent one
May make decisions too quickly or cling to a plan
May not notice new things that need to be done
May seem rigid, demanding and inflexible to Perceiving types
Need Perceiving for balance
People who prefer Perceiving:
Just in time!
Seek to experience the world, not organize it
Look at the world and see options that need to be explored
Like to respond resourcefully to changing situations
Like to leave things open, gather more information
Like environments that are flexible; dislike rules and limits
May not like making decisions, even when pressed
Tend to think there is plenty of time to do things
Often have to rush to complete things at the last minute
Want to explore all the options before deciding
May start too many projects and have difficulty finishing them
May have trouble making decisions, or have no plan
May spontaneously change plans
May seem disorganized and irresponsible to Judging types
Need Judging for balance
What type am I?
. . . understanding your patterns of perception and judgment can make your perceptions clearer, your judgments sounder, and your life closer to your heart's desire."
What am I good at?
Practical applications
Understanding self
Stress management
Learning styles
Career choice
Conflict management
Change management
Leadership development
Team building
Corporate America, the government and universities think so. Millions of dollars each year are given to workers and students to steer training programs and career goals based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Next steps
Understand your personality type and how it relates to career paths
Identify your talents build them into strengths
Maximize the talents that lead to your successes
www.strengthsquest.com (Ch. 10)
discover your talents...
...develop your strengths
Thanks for participating!
89 of the Fortune 100 companies use the MBTI to help employees find their best fit within the company.
Download and use your MBTI Type Head:
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