9.3.13

十人十色 - Many people; Many minds


My favourite classes at business school and the only ones which I really remember the details from were around psychology and organisational behaviour. It had been a while since I had looked at any related material, until our team completed the Insights Discovery test at work this week. This test is based on the same Jungian framework as the Myers-Briggs test (MBTI) but is less aggressive about pigeonholing individuals into a certain group.

In the MBTI I discovered I was an ENFJ and in the Insights test I was found to be of type #26 drawing predominantly on yellow energy (inspirer/motivator). The chart above shows how the results of the 2 tests are closely related.

We each received very detailed reports on potential strengths and weaknesses, communication styles, working styles and just general feedback on the types of environments we might prefer. I am always naturally cynical about such generalisations but I was pretty amazed at how accurate parts of my report were.

What did surprise me is how varied the range of personalities in our team are. Someone I work very closely with happens to have the exact diametrically opposed personality to mine and yet we still manage to collaborate very well. While it might seem obvious to you, I was struck by how little time we each take to think about the best way to communicate effectively to one other. In a work or personal setting, we might rush out a message under stress rather than take the time to think how best to deliver the message. The Insights test encourages you to communicate with others based on their preferred style rather than the style you are most comfortable with.

You can have a quick attempt at the test at the link here if interested. The picture below shows a very generalised portrait of each colour. It is up to you how much you read into it - some might swear by it and others may call BS - I found it to be a useful exercise in being aware of how I interact with other people ;)