I believe a cornerstone to personal success is knowing oneself well. Sounds kind of funny to say it. After all, we live with ourselves. Shouldn’t we know ourselves better than anyone else? The truth is that we take much of our own behaviors and beliefs for granted. We fail to see how they support or stand in the way of our achieving our aims.
Assessments are one way we can get to know ourselves better and even to put words to what we instinctively know. I don't believe personality assessments should ever be used to pigeon-hole a person. You always have free will to believe and act how you wish. And yet we have natural tendencies that we can discover through administration of well-designed, qualified instruments.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by what makes people tick. I read as much as I could get my hands on about psychology and personality, eventually leading me to a certification program for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®.
Today, I help individuals understand themselves and their functional preferences through the administration and interpretation of the MBTI®. Clients are able to see themselves objectively, gaining clarity on why they do some of the things they do and how they can use their natural tendencies to pursue their goals.
Different than the plethora of free knock-offs you can find on the web, my clients receive a deeper look at their type that goes beyond the 4-letter designation. Individuals who work with me receive an MBTI® Step II report that breaks each of the 4 familiar letters of their MBTI type into 5 additional facets for a total of 20 facets. The resulting report presents strategies for communicating and managing change.
Considering a career change? Looking for a way to perform better at work? Trying to understand how you fit into your family system? Want some language to bolster biographies and resumes? Maybe an MBTI® Step II profile is the place to start.
Call or write. I’m happy to share what I know and help you decide.
I’m also a big fan of the VIA Survey and Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 2.0 because we so often focus on our shortcomings and forget about or downplay our natural strengths. Our strengths are our gifts. They're the parts of ourselves that we can take out into the world to benefit ourselves and others.
The VIA Survey is a free tool (you can pay for more in-depth reports) from the nonprofit, positive psychology-based VIA Institute. The survey helps you identify your character strengths. The VIA strengths are a great foundational tool for any coaching relationship or personal growth program.
While I am not a Gallup trained strengths coach, I do recommend that my clients buy the book (or an online code) to self-administer the StrengthsFinder assessment. My clients and I then use the information in our work together.