Do You Know Your Best Fit?

We are continuing our look at different assessments that are available for your organization.  The MBTI is quite common, but needs to be analyzed and used carefully.

The concept of “Best Fit” is an individual receiving the results of the MBTI, and then interpreting, and adjusting them to fit the way they really feel about themselves and their environment so that their MBTI type better reflects themselves subjectively.  Oftentimes individuals may compare and contrast a few more of the MBTI types to determine what their best fit may be.  Another way of determining best fit is through MBTI Step II.  MBTI Step II is a more in-depth examination of the MBTI and is often used in one-on-one coaching, especially executives, and with teams or individuals that have already used MBTI Step I that would like a deeper look and more information to assist them in reaching their fullest potential.

The MBTI Step II breaks the original four preference pairs, or dichotomies into five facets (see below).  For instance:  Say MBTI Step I determined that you were an ISTJ.  Step II then examines how completely you were really an introvert, a senser, a thinker, a judger, by rating the five facets of each dichotomy as out-of preference, mid-zone, or in-preference.   This often helps determine best-fit and helps an individual learn more about themselves, their preferences, and how to communicate, work, or learn, more effectively.  As in MBTI Step I, the participant will then receive suggestions on how to apply these results to decision making, communicating, managing change and conflict, and how to use their type effectively.  It also explains how to integrate information from Step I and Step II.

At Brighter Strategies we use the MBTI in a variety of ways:

  • Identify a team’s “personality” and how to best lead the team
  • Determine an employee’s decision making style
  • Learn tips and suggestions on how to enhance their style
  • Understand work styles of different employees of an organization
  • Align employees to complement each other
  • Analyze present problems in the workplace and suggest

How might you use the MBTI in your organization?  If you don’t find the right fit, meet us back here next week for more assessments that might serve your needs.


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