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Wendie’s Weekly Diary – Myers-Briggs®

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Okay, so you’ve had a simply fabulous idea. It will revolutionise the way the company works, will cost next to nothing and will need hardly any resource to implement.

You’re an ‘extrovert’ in Myers-Briggs® terms so you’ve just got to tell someone. You excitedly share your idea with the people around you, get them to trial it and now they’re hooked too. You are a genius, if you say so yourself.

You bound off to see your ‘introvert’ boss. You’ve got to get this idea off the ground and you’ve gotta do it NOW!

Your boss is busy. You know he’s snowed under with work and you can see he looks stressed. You ignore this because, well, you have an idea that will revolutionise the way the company works and will cost next to nothing to implement and …yada yada.

You pounce on him; literally. He looks displeased but says you have 30 seconds. You pitch your idea in 15. Come on … come on …

And then he says … “No”.

You didn’t see that coming. Seeing you wince with pain at the finality of his decision he relents and suggests you speak to the specialist – his trusted IT guru.

Now, Mr ‘Specialist Trusted IT Guru’ (said in a sulky voice) is also an ‘introvert’. You know about Myers-Briggs® (you just forgot the rules in your earlier excitement) so this time, you do it differently…

You make an appointment to see the STIG when it is convenient for him. You send him an email to brief him in advance so that he has time to think.  Putting an Introvert ‘on the spot’ is never a good idea and they often prefer written communication.

  • You sit down with the STIG at the appointed time and you take him through your idea in a clear and concise manner. (Introverts are not big on being pounced on and they’re not lovers of  ‘waffle’ either).
  • You wait for him to question you. (Introverts think before they speak and extroverts often annoyingly dive into this silence and keep talking).
  • You don’t interrupt when he speaks. (Introverts hate it when extroverts do this).
  • You wait for him to answer when you ask him something. (Introverts often complain that extroverts ask a question and while waiting for the answer, ask another one).
  • You give him time to consider what has been said.
  • He comes back to you later that day and says “Yes”.

Understanding Myers-Briggs® means that even if you get it wrong sometimes, you can work out why and then get it right the next time.

 

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Posted by Wendie,
19th July 2010, 2:44pm

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