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Personality Factor: follow-up

Submitted by on Tuesday, 17 July 2012One Comment
This is a follow-up to Talent Technologies’ Personality Factor programme. Here are some tips for participants who would like to improve their skill at identifying others’ Personality Factor with practice.


Follow up to follow through!

In Personality Factor we discovered our MBTI ‘code’ that denotes our preferences in a range of situations – at work and at home.

During the programme we learnt the skills, by looking for ‘clues’, of identifying an individual’s personality type, and then the ‘cues’ for connecting with the other person more effectively.

But our learning does not stop in the training room. We need to follow up to follow through! Personality ‘typewatching’ improves only with practise.

So here are two activities or challenges you can do to deepen your skills in identifying another person’s Personality Factor – and to improve interpersonal collaboration…

(When doing these challenges you may also want to use our 28 Days Later template)

Challenge One – Home


1. Start with the closest person in your life. Find your own type portrait in the PSI appendix: the sixteen types (the 25 page document near the back of your file) and read through it. Now share it with your closest partner. How accurate is the description of you?

2. Now read through the type descriptions in the powerpoint handouts (E/I; S/N; T/F; J/P). Ask your partner which one of each is more like him/her? Then write his/her code down:

__  __  __  __

3. Now find his/her portrait in the PSI appendix and read through it together. How accurate is the description of him/her? Compare his/her portrait to your portrait. Are there areas where you are compatible? Are there other areas where you are not so compatible?

4. Discuss ways and strategies where you can bridge those gaps. For example:

ISFJ (page 19) ‘The Guardian / Nurturer’ and ESTJ (page 11) ‘The Supervisor / Director’

Compatibility factors:

Both value order, procedures, stability, and service.

Conflict factors:

ESTJs can sometimes miss the ‘human factor’ and be too ‘system oriented’ for ISFJs. To the ISFJ the ESTJ may sometimes be a ‘poor listener’ and ‘unappreciative’, and ‘put work and friends before family’.

ISFJs can sometimes harbour their feelings and ESTJs may be surprised when the ISFJ suddenly gets angry. To the ESTJ the ISFJ may be ‘reluctant to engage in social functions’, and ‘hypersensitive to feedback or criticism’. The ISFJ may also ‘not like going out socially’ which is important to the ESTJ.

Challenge Two – Work


1. Choose a ‘buddy’ or friend at work from the programme.

2. Select one customer or supplier outside your company who you feel ‘is not so easy to work with’.

3. Using the powerpoint handouts in your file, try to identify that person’s type. Now write the type below:

__  __  __  __

4. Read about the person’s preferences in the powerpoint handouts, and their portrait in the PSI appendix (towards the back of your file).

5. Test your finding by asking the person ‘Would you prefer it if I…?’ questions.

6. Now discuss strategies to connect better with that person with your buddy – how did you get on?


If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact us here. Also you can add your name to our mailing list here to receive this and other useful tips in the future…



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