Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People

Subject: Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People
From: Phil03 <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>
To: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:45:10 +0700

With all due respect, Tony, the "science" behind personality typing is pretty flakey.

It's based on

1. Statistical modelling from nowhere near representative samples and
2. Psychological models and personality theories that contain so many known flaws and controversies the only thing guaranteed about them is that they will be discarded in the future.

That's not to say people like yourself may not get some benefit out of trying to implement or reflect on some of the conceptual themes involved.

It's just to say...its a fad!

Best


Phil

On 18 Jul 2012, at 08:34, Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> wrote:

> If you follow any of Andrea Wenger's stuff, you'll see she uses MBTI
> to help fit teams together in their ideal situations. While not all
> work places are ideal, if the personality mix can easily allow members
> to fluorish where they are best suited, the team performs greater than
> mere man hours.
>
> This isn't a fad: It's based on science.
>
> Andrea speaks regularly at STC Summit, but I was already an MBTI fan
> long before I knew of her.
> http://andreajwenger.com/
>
> At one workplace a new general manager wanted us to take the DISC
> inventory. The union got all up in arms because they didn't want the
> staff to be pigeon holed into specific roles. This thinking is akin to
> not wanting to date someone you really get along well with because you
> don't want to spoil the friendship. If you haven't noticed, with the
> rejection of my admission that I could spend the rest of my life with
> this person, the friendship has now already been spoiled.
>
> As a team member, wouldn't you want to know better how you perform in
> different circumstances? Andrea's articles help me see how I operate
> as a writer.
>
> That's not to say that every company who pushes for the use of these
> tests will pay for the additional consulting on how to use the results
> effectively.
>
> BTW years ago I managed to take the DISC through my church, and the
> results showed me I was in the wrong job. I'm much happier now.
>
> As to why and how many? I think the answer lies in the company not
> paying for the additional consulting.
>
> -Tony
>
>
>
> On 2012-07-17, at 12:59 PM, Kat Kuvinka <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
>>
>> Close, I am an ENFP. Sometimes I think I should be writing jokes instead of user guides!
>>
>> To try to get this back to an appropriate topic...why do you think companies have us take all of these tests?
>
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Follow-Ups:

References:
Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Ron Hearn
Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Keith Hood
RE: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Kat Kuvinka
Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Richard L Hamilton
RE: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Kat Kuvinka
Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Kat Kuvinka
Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Tony Chung

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