- WHAT: I’m not going to take the time right here to repeat what’s already available. To understand the basics of MBTI, click here: http://bit.ly/sueD4
- WHEN: You’re ready to use MBTI with your team when you’re ready to start the very long, hard process of creating a high functioning team. Don’t bother if you’re looking for the flavor of the month.
- WHERE: Go offsite.
- WHY: 2 Reasons … 1) Build Trust on your team and between you and those you lead and 2) Bring the Soap Opera season to an end.1) The foundation for a team to become effective/great is TRUST. I love the approach Patrick Lencioni teaches in The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. Cick here to see his model: http://bit.ly/aVNym. When I work with a team, the first thing I work on is trust vis-a-vis the MBTI. People who have been working for years together are startled by the things MBTI teaches them about each other. I’ve found the MBTI to accelerate the establishment of TRUST faster than anything else.2) I’ve found most of the ‘drama’ that walks in my door as a leader is the soap operatic relationship problems among the people I lead. I’ve also found that USUALLY the source of the drama is a misunderstanding, ignorance, insensitivity to the differences in other’s personalities. Furthermore, my ability to win loyalty, manage effectively, and inspire is subtly yet totally undermined by my ignorance, inattention, and/or insensitivity to the individual team members’ different personalities. THE most effective way to solve those people problems is to attack that source of the problems: misunderstanding each other.
- HOW: There’s a couple ways to go with this. And, as with all things, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.1) Free: You do some research online; you put a powerpoint together on the history, basics, and application of MBTI; you have your team take a free online assessment like this: http://bit.ly/Jb8Om; you try your best to interpret the results; you try not to do psychological damage since you’re not certified to administer/interpret MBTI results 🙂 Besides the ‘psychological damage’ you cause, you’ll also be spending A LOT of time preparing for the do-it-yourself way.
2) Expert: Pay a certified practitioner/facilitator. Depending on the size of your team, you’ll be looking at around $3,000, give or take. I know of a couple great facilitators. Contact me if you need a referral.
Here’s a few slides from my MBTI sessions …