On Friday a group of us redid our MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator); I’d last done a facilitated one 9 years ago. I am, as before, an INTJ – the I and J are strong. To give you some perspective, here are the actual scores:
- Extroversion 1, Introversion 9. This is different to last time – then I was 10 out of 10 for introversion. I’m not shy though, that’s different. Okay, I am a bit…
- Sensing 7, iNtuition 13.
- Thinking 11, Feeling 9. This is considerably different to last time, when the F was very low, and has changed through a conscious effort to be kinder.
- Judging 16, Perceiving 4.
That strong ‘I’ is a key driver for me. As the worksheet says, I need to think before I speak (extroverts often speak to think), prefer a calm atmosphere, and find too much interaction stressful. Introverts have a measured approach to change and prefer to start the problem solving process individually.
I have a postcard on my wall that I can see all the time. What does it say? Calm! So, yes, a calm workplace matters to me. I dislike being made to answer on the spot and if I need to, I ask for thinking time before answering.
The LIANZA conference #shout15 is less than a week away. What does that strong ‘I’ mean for me at conference? Each day I work at engaging with people; by midday I’m feeling tired and need some quiet time. It means presenting is difficult (okay, terrifying) but I recognise it’s important and do it anyway. I need to allow myself time out, remind myself constantly that meeting people matters, and acknowledge I’m going to be uncomfortable.
Why am I writing this, when it’s quite personal? 30-50% of the population is introverted, although not many are as extreme as me I guess. It means many of you heading to conference are anxious, a bit scared and worried about how you’ll cope. Be kind to yourself, allow yourself time to recharge and seek out others to sit quietly with. I’m always happy to sit in silence with you for a bit See you at #shout15