Month: April 2014

Myer-Briggs Type Indicator for my Business

Jake asked me if I know about the Myer-Briggs Type indicator test or MBTI and I told him that Tasha used to nag me about taking it and until now, I haven’t. It even caused us a nasty fight as I was against silly type of things. Jake laughed and he told me that businessmen love it because it enables them to determine where to put a certain person which job post. Jake added that it would be useful for us when hiring people for our shop. I was intrigued with what Jake said and told him that I’ll research about it when I have a spare time tonight to know what the fuss is about.

I found out that it was made by a mother and daughter tandem of Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers which they patterned after Carl Jung’s ideas who is a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist from Switzerland. The MBTI has four dichotomies with which they tried to capture people’s psychological preferences. The four dichotomies are Extraversion versus Introversion, Sensing versus Intuition, Thinking versus Feeling and the last, but not the least, Judging versus Perception. All in all, they are about 16 combinations that we can get by just choosing one between those four dichotomies.

Through research, I’ve learned that INFJ relationships is better suited to being a photographer, psychologists, musicians, artists, medical doctor and dentists because they basically just don’t need a job per se, but at the same time, they want satisfaction and fulfillment on what they do. INFJ’s are normally driven, optimistic and have strong problem solving skills. They do have strong value systems, and persistent intuitive visions. They are best when positioned as leaders than just following orders. They have the penchant to look at the bigger picture. They are happiest when they are able to help other people and has the need to hear that they appreciated the things what he did for them.

On the other hand, I’ve learned that INFP relationships are better suited with being a scholar, a musician, a religious worker, a teacher, a priest, an entrepreneur or a writer because they always have the need to feel that everything they do in their lives is in accordance with their strongly-felt value systems as like the INJF, they like to have a purpose in life. INFP’s have always been afraid of risks as they tend to be calculated with their movements. They do not act before planning carefully and methodically.

There are still 14 other types of MTBI that I need to explore and, I think, I will need more time to absorb this information more thoroughly. From a businessman’s standpoint, I’ve learned that it is ideal for a better team and leadership development, to resolve conflicts and for career planning and career transitions. I now understand what Jake was telling me, but before I apply this to my small company, I still have to study it further so I can really use it to my advantage.