Two Things for Perceivers and Judgers to Remember When Working on a Project Together

Differences in Perceiving and Judging often creates conflict in interpersonal interactions.  People who prefer judging approach work much differently than their peers who prefer Perceiving.   This difference often leads to arguments about timelines, best practices, and approach.   However, instead of getting into disagreements about how the work should be done,  co-workers who differ on Judging and Perceiving should seek to utilize each other’s strengths.   Here’s a few ways that individuals on the opposite ends of the Judging – Perceiving spectrum can do just that.

1.       Remember that the Best Approach is Likely  Somewhere in the Middle

Should a different approach be taken?   Is our timeline too ambitious?   Should we wait for additional information or commit now?   Often times, people working together who differ on Judging and Perceiving take the position that their approach is right, and the other person’s is wrong.  People who prefer Judging are more likely to rigidly stick to a deadline or commit to a position than their peers with Perceiving Preferences. Conversely, people who prefer Perceiving are more likely to push back a deadline or put off a decision until more information is available than their colleagues who prefer Judging.    When debating on next steps, both parties should keep in mind that the best approach is likely a blend of both of their approaches.  To ensure success and a peaceful existence, everyone involved  should take the time to listen to each other’s perspectives, and then come to a compromise.  


2. Each of You Have Unique Strengths That Can Benefit the Project

People who differ in Judging and Perceiving have different talents. People with Judging preferences are naturally good at setting  objectives and making progress toward their goals. However, people with Judging preferences often do not handle surprises well, unless they already have a contingency plan in place.  Conversely,  people with Perceiving preferences are great at dealing with uncertainty, are great improvisers, and thrive under pressure. On the downside, they can sometimes fall into the habit of relying too heavily on improvisation.  When working together, people who differ in Judging and Perceiving preferences should utilize each other's strengths to accomplish a common goal. Let the person who prefer Judging set the timelines, and allow the person with the Perceiving preference put out fires and deal with unexpected circumstances. 

Working with someone who differs from you on the Perceiving-Judging spectrum does not have to be difficult.  Just remember that neither of you have all the answers, and that you each have valuable strengths that can be utilized to achieve your objectives.