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31 January 2011

Allison re-read some chapters from Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron. (Even though this book is about careers, you can also use it to consider your type and work more effectively with people.)

Tags: allison read, careers, mbti

There are a lot of tools, assessments and tests on the market that claim to help you understand yourself and others. At Allison Partners, we think the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is still the best one out there. You can learn about the similarities and differences in how people communicate, make decisions, approach teamwork, manage stress and more. Most people would agree that those insights would make it easier to lead; however, as one of my colleagues at the Federal Executive Institute once said, "It's the most over-administered and under-explained instrument in the world!" So every time I get ready to administer the MBTI, I challenge myself to explain it a little better than I did the last time.

In the past few weeks, I've used the MBTI with a few different groups, including participants in the Virginia Realtors Leadership Academy where I taught Skills to Influence and Motivate and The Power of Teams. As I prepared, I flipped through my dog-eared copy of Do What You Are. It's primarily a career book that helps you use MBTI insights to pick the right job for you or to make adjustments to the job you're in, but it also does a great job of explaining type and helps you determine your own type. I'm not sure I'd call them secrets, but I sure think it's useful stuff.


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