Meyers-Briggs Workshop

I’m going through “New Manager’s Orientation” this week. Part of the day one festivities was a Meyers-Briggs workshop. If you’ve never done one, don’t worry about the details, it’s not relevant to my anecdote. If you have, I’m an ESTJ. Eat that, mofos!

Anyway, the woman conducting the workshop kept describing the various categories of personality in a fashion that called troops of monkeys to my mind. I had this persistent image of the lot of us in the conference room jumping on the tables and hooting, flinging poo about. It kept me entertained.

Don’t let the previous statement allow you to think I found no worth in the workshop. Au contraire! I felt it was edifying and useful. But sometimes, the mental images just won’t go away.

Scat! Damn imagination…

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5 Responses to Meyers-Briggs Workshop

  1. Annie says:

    Congrats on being the polar opposite of my myers-briggs profile (INFP – o.k., if I’ve had coffee already, I tend to end up ENFP; if I’ve had lots of coffee already I wind up ENFJ.)

    Yeah, the inconsistency in my profile is part of the issue I have with the overuse/misuse of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) as a “personality” assessment. The inventory is more of an assessment of your preference for certain approaches to the world, not necessarily a constant trait. Some people, like me, can have fluctuating preferences depending on circumstances. Interestingly, the N and F have never fluctuated.

    O.k., I also think there has to be a limit to how many times one can take the MBTI and still have valid results. I think I’ve taken the thing (in various short and long forms) at least 10 times over my college/grad-school career.

  2. Mike says:

    ENTJ represent! Although like Annie, the E flips to an I depending on how emo I’m feeling. And the J sometimes flips to a P, but the N and T are pretty constant. Belinda’s an INFP like Annie, which in certain situations makes communication challenging.

    Oh, and you said scat.

  3. Bill says:

    @Annie: It’s fated, I’m sure, us being opposite. I took this about six years ago and I seem to recall being an ISTJ for that one.

    @Mike: Does “Scat” have particular meaning for you?

  4. Ken says:

    Maybe “scat” for Mike is the Greek noun “skat” (animal fecal dropping) for which we get scatology? To be honest, I thought “Poop! Damn imagination” when I read it too, not “Shoot! Damn imagination”

    Do some interview processes now use Myers-Brigg to screen candidates?

  5. Mike says:

    Ken’s got my meaning… and it went particularly well with the poo-flinging reference in the previous paragraph.

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