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Today we will continue our look at the MBTI breakdown of personality types and how they perform in organizational settings.  Have you found your type yet?  How about your client’s type – or even your organizational culture as a whole?

A Sensing/Thinking (ST) individual’s organizational culture values efficiency and unbiased, impersonal, relevant, cold hard facts.  To them, the organization is a machine that efficient, hierarchical, and unchanging. If this machine breaks, it should be fixed not with touchy feely discussions and pointless brainstorming, but with proven tools that have worked in the past.  They detest vague statements, errors, and anything unplanned (i.e. don’t throw them a surprise party).  They stick to what they know and will not try anything new that does not have a track record of verifiable success.

Common career areas include: business, management, banking, applied sciences, construction, production, police, and military.

Intuition/Feeling (NF) individuals are the kids of the organization.   Unafraid of change, an organization that is innovative and growing is a good fit for an NF.  They feel bogged down by the “supposed to” and the daily grind of the typical office.  They will bring a fresh perspective to the table and like communication that is harmonious, unstructured, leads to new ideas, and, of course, is fun.  They look at the big picture and are turned off by paperwork and put-downs, office politics, bossy people, and insensitivity.

Common career areas include: the arts, clergy, counseling and psychology, writing, education, research, and health care.

Can you imagine having these two individuals on the same team?  No doubt you have either seen or experienced a mismatch of this degree, and have had to deal with the resulting fallout.  As we become more aware of our own personality, and the personality traits of our employees and clients; ideally we will make carefully constructed teams that provide a balance but do not fundamentally conflict.  In our next blog we will explore how these personality types can and may interact together to the benefit of your organization.


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