Making Decisions using Myers-Briggs® type
Effective decisions require gathering information from a variety of perspectives and applying sound methods of evaluating that information.
The Myers-Briggs® Type gives us specific ways to enhance our decision making, especially those facets related to Sensing, Intuition, Thinking, and Feeling.
Below are general questions associated with those facets.
Concrete:What do we know? How do we know it?
Realistic:What are the real costs?
Practical:Will it work?
Experiential:Can you show me how it works?
Traditional:Does anything really need changing?
|Abstract:What else could this mean?
Imaginative:What else can we come up With?
Conceptual: What other interesting ideas are there?
Theoretical:How is it all interconnected?
Original:What is a new way to do this?
|Logical: What are the pros and cons?
Reasonable:What are the logical consequences?
Questioning:But what about…?
Critical:What is wrong with this?
Tough:Why aren’t we following through now?
Empathetic:What do we like and dislike?
Compassionate:What impact will this have on people?
Accommodating:How can we make everyone happy?
Accepting:What is beneficial in this?
Tender:What about the people who will be hurt?
Making sure our decisions are robust means checking that we have used all the facets which apply to a given situation; especially those which are not our natural preferences.
For example; John is a typical “NT” – he will natural look for theories inter- connectedness in his decision making, equally he will be logical, reasonable and tough.
His decisions will be more robust if he asks the concrete, practical, realistic, and traditional elements as well as those associated with compassion, accommodation, accepting and tender.
When he asks ALL the questions before he makes his decision he will have captured a wider range of data; he will have a more complete picture encompassing the past present and future impacts of his decision and will have thought through the consequences in more detail.
His decision making will be more complete.
Myers-Briggs® Coaching Tip
Print the table above and keep it close to your workspace, so that you can easily refer to it when decision making opportunities come up.
No decision is too small, or too big, to practice flexing your questioning and information gathering muscles on.