If you’ve had an introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™ and its applications to conflict resolution, you have likely considered the ways in which the MBTI tool allows people in conflict to identify differences in their preferences for discussion, decision-making, organization, etc. and explore the conflict arising from these differences within a neutral frame. The tool can be incredibly useful for focusing conversations on process preferences and away from personal accusations or judgments of another’s motives.
Most people, however, have only explored the MBTI™ in its most simple form – looking at just the four Step I dichotomies and seeking self-awareness and understanding of conflict. We are excited to have the chance to offer a workshop aimed at a deeper exploration of some of the additional, and often unexplored, possibilities of this tool. Here’s a few things we are looking forward to exploring on November 19th:
1) The MBTI Step II analysis. We will guide participants through a thorough understanding of their individual Step II results. (The Step II report includes a further division of the 4 MBTI dichotomies into another 20 subscales. This more complex breakdown often provides insight into those aspects of type that never felt like a “best fit” when exploring one’s first MBTI profile.)
2) Out-of-pattern responses. We will examine how out-of-pattern and mixed preferences might mask one’s preferences, or change approaches in specific circumstances.
3) Making conscious use of one’s “communication functions”. We each have a dominant communication function which influences the way that we engage in conversation, in and out of conflict. How can we utilize a knowledge of our own communication preferences to improve and expand our negotiating and mediating skills.
4) The differences between the introverted and extraverted forms of each function. There is a big difference between extraverted sensing and introverted sensing, as an example. These differences are generally overlooked and may well lead to misunderstandings and mistaken assumptions.
5) Varied approaches for discussions that support preferences for extraversion and introversion. We will discuss a variety of approaches to conflict resolution and simple discussion that support varied preferences within a group.
If you haven’t been introduced to psychological type before, don’t be scared away from the session! We will provide some introductory information to allow “noobs” to join us comfortably from the beginning of the session. Everyone will leave with a greater understanding of the nuances and potential uses of type in conflict management as well as new ideas for their own negotiation or mediation practice.