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What is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?

The Myers-Briggs is a popular psychological instrument developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katherine Cook Briggs based on the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. Dr. Jung worked to prove that human behavior followed distinct patterns. Ms. Myers and Ms. Briggs went on to expand this theory in the early 1900s, establishing what we know today as the 16 types.

The 16 types are preferences. Just as an individual is right-handed or left-handed, an individual may prefer "Sensory" data-gathering over "Intuitive" data-gathering. Still, just as an individual might be forced to write with the other hand if his dominant hand is broken, an individual possesses qualities of all the types.

The Myers-Briggs helps individuals to identify their own type and become aware of their own strengths and weaknesses. Once this awareness occurs, the individual is better able to accept others and develop strategies for more effective communication and interaction.

There are some things which the Myers-Briggs is not. The Myers-Briggs is not a personality test. The Myers-Briggs does not serve as a way to detect psychological or emotional disorders.

The Myers-Briggs is a simple instrument to use and administer, yet it is extraordinarily effective. Test validity is in the eighty percentile. Today, it is the most popular personality inventory in use.

Why should your organization hold a Myers-Briggs Team-Building Workshop?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is an interesting, non-threatening and valuable tool which helps team members evaluate the impact of individual differences on their team. 

Workshop goals are:
  • Participants will identify their own particular type preference.
  • Participants will gain insights into the strengths and weaknesses of their type and the impact on the workplace.
  • Participants will see how type differences can create conflict; then participants will strategize solutions.
  • Participants will leave with a developed plan for interacting more effectively with colleagues whose types are different.

What services are available?

I offer Myers-Briggs Team-Building Workshops which range from 1 1/2 hours to 6 hours. Workshops are designed for groups of 8-20 participants. Workshop participants will take the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory and then learn which of the 16 types fit their responses. The remainder of the workshop is fast-paced and interactive, filled with a multitude of exercises and team activities to help the team members gain understanding and strategies to improve communication, increase productivity and learn conflict-resolution strategies. 1999-2003