As a startup founder and the Director of an Entrepreneurship Center, I meet plenty of new people each day. I expend a lot of effort to ensure I remember each person I meet, but the sheer volume of people I'm introduced to each day makes it challenging to remember each person and the context under which we connected. Because of this, I've had to develop a few tricks to interact with people whom's names or faces I don't remember.
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.
Everyday, millions of people wake up and go to jobs that they hate. They toil through the day with 5pm in mind, and once 5pm hits they navigate through their evening dreading 9am the next day. Life is not meant to be lived this way. While finding a new job or starting a new career may be the best way to improve job satisfaction, for some people this is not a viable option. So, are these people doomed to an existence of misery and despair? Absolutely not! They simply need to change HOW they do their current job.
Jungian/Myers-Briggs speak, having an X preference means being equally comfortable using two opposing preferences. For example, a person with STP preferences that is equally adept at using extroversion and introversion would be considered an xSTP. Having an x preference in one of the dichotomies can be extremely beneficial, but imagine what it would be like to have an x preference in all four? A person with an XXXX personality type would be a superhuman, able to access all 8 cognitive functions with relative ease!
"How do I deal with an extremely introverted supervisor? His door is always closed, and when we have questions about work or need his approval for an assignment he makes us feel like we're disturbing him. He's not really comfortable addressing the group, and sends requests and assignments mostly by email. I've never had a supervisor like this before."
Happy Holidays everyone, in this week’s edition of #LeadingIntotheWknd, I’d like to provide some tips for managing people with a Judging Preference. For those of you not familiar with Jungian personality theory, people with a Judging preference like order and routine. They tend to be organized, honor deadlines and commitments once they are made, and are uncomfortable with ambiguity. They like to have things resolved, and prefer working in a structured, predictable environment.
Welcome to the first installment of #LEADINGINTOTHEWKND. For the next few Fridays, I'll be posting content on leadership. For this first edition, I thought I'd share a slide deck I created on leadership. The slide deck covers how your personality type affects your leadership style, and also provides an introduction to Transformational Leadership theory.
Hello all. I received an email from Joseph T. of New York, asking about how to get along with his ENTJ boss. Here’s his email:
"Hi Jason. I’m reaching out because I just started a new job, and want to know how to get along with my boss. I was told by a co-worker that he’s ENTJ , and that he’s an absolute drill sergeant. All my co-workers are afraid of him, and I’ve heard all type of horror stories about how he’s degraded people and their work. However, there’s one person in the department who he always speaks highly of and whom he respects, and I want to be the second. How do I get on the good side of an ENTJ?