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February 01, 2002  |   Comments (0)   |   Post a comment

Dealing with Different Personalities


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Knowing key personality types may help you understand how to better communicate with your employees. To test your personality, go to www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp and take the Jung-Meyers-Briggs typology test. Here are the eight personality characteristics identified and some strategies for dealing with those types. Introverted Types • Invite input, but respect their privacy • Allow them time to process information and think things through Extroverted Types • Keep them informed; provide them with many chances to communicate • Display enthusiasm; be open Sensing Types • Provide facts and examples • Be methodical and systematic Intuitive Types • Present the big picture; refrain from discussing details • Focus on opportunities, creativity Thinking Types • Be logical, rational and objective • State facts briefly and concisely Feeling Types • Develop a personal relationship prior to getting down to business • Seek harmony; focus on agreement Judging Types • Be on time • Avoid surprises; provide game plans and timetables; take a stand Perceiving Types • Permit time for things to flow; avoid a set agenda • Provide new information and allow for discussion of new ideas

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