The Myers-Briggs Type Inventory is a useful tool for better understanding ourselves and others by looking at eight personality preferences that all people use at different times. For any team, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator can be valuable in understanding each others preferred ways of interacting with others, taking in information, making decisions, and structuring their world. The information enhances understanding of yourself, your motivations, and your natural strengths, as well as helping you appreciate those who differ from you.
The four goals of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are:
- Increasing self-awareness
- Awareness that others have preferences different from your own
- Respecting the differences in others
- Utilizing the variety of types and preferences in a team to realize its full potential
Neil is not only a Certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Consultant, but has achieved the prestigious title of Master Practitioner. A Master Practitioner MBTI® Consultant has demonstrated their expertise through a volume of client contact hours and additional training and workshops. In addition, Neil is certified to administer the FIRO-B®, Strong Career Interest Inventory®, Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument® (TKI) and the CPI 260®.
CPP®, the publisher of the MBTI®, selected Neil as an exemplary ICON® (Independent Consultant) and featured him in a 2008 ad campaign. Neil has been an author and contributor to the Myers-Briggs ICON website. Neil was also hand-picked to be a featured expert on Myers-Briggs Thinkbox® website, where his instructional Myers-Briggs® videos have been viewed over a half-million times.
Strengths-based development aims to help team members discover, develop, and use their unique talents for greater team engagement and productivity. It is an approach that helps them identify how they can purposefully aim their talents so that the team is better equipped to accomplish its goals and performance objectives and to respond to everyday situations. Strengths-based teams have a common purpose, have a clear understanding of their individual and collective strengths and performance gaps, intentionally structure activities to maximize the team’s talents, and are highly collaborative and have a number of complementary partnerships. When team members discover each other’s greatest talents, they discover their greatest opportunities for team strengths and success.
As a Gallup-Certified Strengths Facilitator, I can influence organizational team performance in five fundamental ways:
- Increase the team’s awareness of the principles of strengths-based development.
- Increase team members’ awareness of and appreciation for their individual and collective talents and strengths.
- Increase the team’s application of the principles of strengths-based development.
- Increase team members’ application of their individual and collective talents and strengths.
- Track and communicate the achievements (the specific performance results) that come from their awareness and application of strengths.
I love conducting Myers-Briggs and StrengthsFinders trainings because I know that the experience is going to have an immediate and positive impact on individual’s personal and professional lives. I have seen this happen over and over and over again and I never tire of it. I love the insights, the laughter, the understanding, and the occasional tears. This information has the power to transform lives and I consider a privilege to be a part of that process.