Knowing and understanding your own strengths and preferences helps you to improve your effectiveness. Here's how...
Discover what makes you tick
“Know thyself” Plato, philosopher (428BC)
“Wherever we go, whatever we do, self is the sole subject we study and learn.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals (1833)
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung, psychiatrist and influential thinker
Recently I have been working with a number of individuals who are facing career challenges – one starting out on his career thinking he doesn’t have a clue about what to do, one made redundant who is considering what their next step is and several finding their current job difficult or demotivating and wanting a new or different path to follow, says Hilary Jeanes of PurpleLine Consulting.
I always find it surprising how little attention people pay to finding a job which they will enjoy, find fulfiling and which meets their needs and preferences. It seems like the goal is to get a job, rather than a job which is right for you and we often underestimate the amount of time it takes to find that job and what the consequences of finding the wrong job are! Bearing in mind the proportion of our lives we spend at work, finding a job which fits makes sense and is worthwhile spending time and effort on.
You can use a number of different approaches such as identifying your values, motivators, strengths and preferences as a basis for finding out what kind of job suits you best. One of these, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a very well researched psychometric tool, which helps people identify their preferences. It focuses primarily on the way they live their lives and the way in which they make decisions. My clients find the results really helpful – and not only in thinking about what type of job and organisation will give them job satisfaction and career development.
So how could this be helpful to you?
Of course you implicitly know your preferences, so there are unlikely to be surprises. Rather than something below the surface, the MBTI makes your preferences explicit. Bringing this information ‘into the light’ helps in other ways too, like understanding why certain things cause you stress or why a particular colleague drives you mad. Most importantly of all, it provides valuable information about what action you can take to do something about these things which can be very helpful as part of a development plan.
MBTI can also provide a useful reference point, to example to understand why your relationship with your boss, a colleague or a direct report is not working as well as you’d like. They probably have different preferences to you and while just knowing that can help, you can also work out how you can do something different and get another, much better outcome.
Other applications for MBTI include:
- Communicating effectively.
- Understanding how people will cope with change.
- Resolving conflict.
- Enhancing teamwork.
- Getting the right team together to manage a project effectively.
So whether you want to focus on making the right career move or become more effective in your current role, then knowing and understanding your strengths and preferences can help you identify what actions to take to move in the right direction. Most people are curious to find out more about themselves and the increased self knowledge from MBTI will provide the steps to bring improved results for your business.
Contact us now by calling 01763 245323 or by email to Hilary@PurpleLineConsulting.co.uk to discuss how MBTI can benefit you and your business.
Hilary Jeanes is Director of PurpleLine Consulting. She helps organisations to achieve the potential of their people through consultancy, coaching and facilitation. www.PurpleLineConsulting.co.uk
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