Personality type

When’s it my turn?

While talking to a colleague about conflict earlier this week, I had a vivid memory of a dilemma my mother once talked about. She was a very capable woman, working for the same company for over 40 years, rising from accounts clerk to Director while raising my brother and me as a single parent. When … Continued

Deadlines: the ultimate inspiration?

I’m one of those people who needs a deadline; without one, I’d never get anything finished. As a Myers-Briggs practitioner, I know it’s a personality thing, typical of someone with a Perceiving preference. We like to keep things open for as long as we can, exploring options until the last possible minute when we pull everything together in a … Continued

Those Greta Garbo moments

Travelling back from Belfast recently, I found myself stuck in the airport waiting for a delayed plane.  I was already tired and getting increasingly stressed and irritable. Around me, other passengers were running up and down trying to work out which gate they needed, calming down bored children or just making the most of the facilities. … Continued

Assessing cultural fit: necessity or a block to diversity?

A while back, I was on a train listening to the conversation of the people immediately behind me. Yes, if you have to talk that loudly, of course I’m going to eavesdrop! Apparently their organisation had called in a marketing company to do a re-branding exercise. As part of getting to know what made the … Continued

How to Appear More Introverted

‘Modern society values extroverted people’ is a message introverts have been hearing all their lives.  Recently there has been some recognition that introversion brings its own strengths.  Susan Cain in particular has championed the cause, arguing that introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. In a recent article, peopledevelopmentmagazine.com gave introverts … Continued

Planning – is it essential or constricting?

I sometimes hear people dismiss the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as being a bit like a horoscope, where the type descriptions are so general that they can apply to almost anyone. To back this up, they quote short extracts which do indeed sound as though they could fit a broad range of people. The horoscope … Continued

What comes first – the thinking or the feeling?

In most things, I don’t really mind if people agree with me, as long as what I say or do provokes a reaction. I was fascinated therefore by the passion with which some people argued the case for or against the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) when I recently wrote about it for TrainingZone. In a nutshell (and … Continued

What role does intuition play in leadership?

Many years ago, I was a few months into a new job and my manager and I were struggling to communicate. She kept bombarding me with information that made no sense to me whatsoever, and whenever I reported back on a piece of work, she’d double-check every minute detail, leaving me convinced she thought I … Continued

Are extraverts better leaders after all?

I can’t believe I’m actually asking this question. As an introvert myself, and as someone who passionately believes that organisations benefit from diversity, it feels almost like a betrayal of my fundamental values to suggest that extraverts are better at leadership than introverts. And yet, putting aside my own feelings for a moment, I wonder … Continued

An idealist’s favourite reads

I read quite a few management and leadership blogs.  I have to confess I don’t get to the end of every post, but there are some that regularly grab my imagination and can be relied on to get me thinking.   No matter how busy I am, there’s always 10 minutes in the day to sit … Continued

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