What's even more powerful than knowing your own Type? Knowing your team's.

Back in December I spent a week with an extraordinary group of people in a co-working space called Studiomates. We clarified Type preferences for a lot of talented creators and creatives at the time - most of them asking what this knowledge might mean for their relationships, all of them open and eager to learn more. 

Yes, Type practitioner heaven. :-) 

Last week I had the privilege of getting a dozen individuals around the table who actually form a team. Everyone already knew their Type, but here was the chance of experiencing how Type preferences show up in everyday working situations, and seeing it all in one framework.

The Type table is such a simple tool that it's easy to sweep under the rug, but it's the only tool I know that can powerfully demonstrate holes in diversity, potential areas of over-emphasis, and potential blind spots. I find it particularly helpful in homogenous teams, where inevitably, one or more people have to operate outside of their own preferences, and are likely to experience increased stress.

Here's a blank framework for your consideration:

Blank Type Table

Blank Type Table

Each of the 16 Types is represented by its 4-letter Myers-Briggs© shorthand, as well as its Temperament / Essential Motivator™, Interaction Styles™, and pattern description as published by Dr. Linda Berens. You'll see the 8 cognitive function shorthand on the right in the order they appear as well.

Practitioner Tip:

When introducing Type in the glory of all its 256 potential combinations, make sure your group or team has basic (ideally solid) prior knowledge of Type. A one-page "cheat sheet" of all functions and basic Type descriptions helps participants stay on top of the information. 


'cos they're awesome - here are some "lessons learned" illustrations, shared anonymized / with permission: