Did you know that when a group of people work together they take on a collective personality? Knowing your team’s personality type can be a tremendous advantage. Does the team tend to get too detailed in their decision making? Does the team fail to recognize the contributions of their employees? Do they focus too much on short-term deadlines and not take time to envision their future strategy? Does the team enjoy theoretical debate at the cost of timely decisions?
When you know the natural tendencies of the group, you can then put procedures in place to maximize on their strengths and minimize liabilities. For instance, if you know you have a majority of Extraverts (E), that means the Introverts (I) on the team may not get enough air time in meetings. Before a final decision is made by the group, you can go around the table and ask each person to voice their opinion. Or if you know your team focuses too much on Thinking (T) and not enough on Feeling (F), you can do a quick check and ask “how will this impact our people?” before your final decision is made.
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