Type and Conflict

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Conflict describes many different types of interactions. These challenges occur every day in our personal and professional lives. Since you can’t escape them, learning how to handle conflict is critical.

Recent research by Damian Killen and Danica Murphy have revealed that the last two preferences (Thinking or Feeling; Judging or Perceiving) of the Myers-Briggs Psychological Type Theory have significant bearing on people’s focus and response to conflict.

Reality Testing – Developing Your Mental Picture

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The first time you put in those new prescription contact lenses or donned glasses, the world was a much clearer, brighter place. The truth is that we get used to seeing things in a certain way and perhaps don’t notice that things could be seen in a better perspective.

Reality Testing, one of the fifteen competencies on the EQ-I (Emotional Quotient Instrument), defines our ability to accurately size up situations. It is the capability to see things objectively—the way they are, rather than the way we wish or fear them to be. The emphasis is on pragmatism, objectivity, being well grounded and realistic.

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Be a Networking Pro

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Spring and summer bring a tidal wave of opportunities for conferences, workshops and meetings.

Networking isn’t just showing up and handing out your business cards. Effective networkers know that being good at this skill is an art.

With all of the demands on our professional and personal lives, it is easy to assign a lower priority to networking. When in fact, networking is essential for development, advancement and personal fulfillment.

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Conflict and Type

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When conflicts become reoccurring or frequent, type is a useful tool for building a clearer communication picture.

Not surprising when people are in conflict they most naturally fall back on their strongest preferences.

The table below provides information on how you may self-reflect on your responses to conflict or to identify the preferences of others are using in a conflict.

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Thinking on Your Feet

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Conducting a successful Q&A session can make or break your presentation. The Q&A is an opportunity to find out what the audience members are thinking, share expertise and build rapport.

Done professionally the Q&A can leave a lasting impression on your subordinates, peers and leaders.

Maintaining your composure is key to keeping the audience with you.

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Creating Your Legacy – Self-Actualization

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Knowing who we are and understanding what we contribute can lead to a meaningful, rich and full life.

Self-Actualization, one of the fifteen competencies of emotional intelligence, is the ability to realize one’s potential capabilities. It is that deep inner calling that motivates us to have an enthusiastic commitment to long-term goals.

We realize self-actualization by maximizing our development and continuing to strive toward our dreams-one day at a time.

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Understanding people with different preferences can be beneficial in every day work situations. It can help teams clarify problems, make decisions, create more positive meetings and unify communication.

According to the work of Carl Jung, when your mind is active, you are involved in one of two mental processes:

  • Taking in information (Sensing or Intuition)
  • Organizing that information and coming to conclusions (Thinking or Feeling)

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Remember When your Boss was Older than You?

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The workplace is truly a new place. In this place the boss isn’t always the guy with the gray hair anymore.

As baby boomers age and younger, technology savvy workers move up the chain of command, generations are beginning to experience a very different workplace dynamic.

Now, those leading the company teams may be much younger than the workers they are asked to lead. This, of course, can lead to challenges and conflict.

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What should you learn from the Potential Boss During the Interview?

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Happiness on the job has many factors – the right pay, location, challenges that suit our capabilities, benefits, and more. For all the hours spent at work, the boss is also a critical factor in evaluating whether or not to accept that new position.

But what can you really find out about the boss during the length of an interview or two?

Plenty! According to Caroline Levchuck, author of the article, “Four Questions to Ask a Potential Manager.”

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Type and Sacred Hoops

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Most of us know about the success of Phil Jackson and his unique coaching style that led to six NBA championships.

But have you ever thought about it in regard to the type preferences of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)?

In type theory, there are two ways of taking in information – Sensing and Intuition. People tend to trust one of these preferences over the other.

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