Your Personality Is Showing

by

There I was, minding my own business one evening, digging into my organization’s SEO performance (as one does), when I came across something interesting.

Search terms related to “MBTI” — or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, developed by Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers in the 1960s to sort personalities into psychological types — are one of Thoughtensemble.com’s leading traffic drivers.

I wiped my blue-light blockers and looked again! Interestingly enough, for being a smaller organization (historically), I learned that we perform exceptionally well in rankings for this term.

This discovery is relevant, and dare I say heartwarming, for a few reasons:

 

1. WE ARE IN THE PEOPLE BUSINESS  

Thought Ensemble (now a Pariveda company) specializes in strategy and management consulting, yes. But we have always seen ourselves as a people-first team working to support every individual that steps into our orbit.

MBTI assessments, along with tools such as the CliftonStrengths assessment and the Hogan Development Survey, are just a few of the ways we seek to understand and create the space to appreciate our team’s differences better. It’s also core to who we are as deep collaborators. More on the difference between these tools momentarily!

 

2. CELEBRATING WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE IS INFINITELY MORE VALUABLE THAN CLONING OUR WORKFORCE 

It can be challenging to differentiate what makes OUR offerings unique in our industry. We, like many teams, passionately say, “Our people are special.” But in our case, we believe that to be especially true because we have the science to support it.

Thought Ensemble was originally anchored on a belief that it’s our differences that strengthen our ability to support our clients, their organizations, and the world, not necessarily the traits that we share, and personality tools and leadership assessments give us a pathway to articulate those nuanced differences in cognitive functions while also ensuring that our teams are structured to provide the optimal balance.

 

3. YOU CAN’T WRITE CODE FOR HUMAN DECISION MAKING 

Our work can, at times, become very technical. But we hold the belief that HUMANS are at the core of our work, which is why we clasp to the importance of leadership alignment, change enablement, and organizational design as pillars in any meaningful transformation effort.

Thought Ensemble uses a combination of the MBTI Test, the CliftonStrengths assessment, and the Hogan Development Survey when onboarding new members and leaders of our team. The curation of all three of these tools helps support the growth and mentorship we strive to provide for everyone. We also leverage these tools to help inform project team composition when appropriate.

 

What’s the difference, you ask? Here’s a quick summary of each, followed by a curated list of thought leadership articles written by our Managing Vice President Lisa Jasper.

Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

MBTI is a self-help assessment test that helps people gain insights into their working and learning preferences. The theory is quite complicated, but it is ultimately rooted in identifying our preferences through interests, values, needs, and motivation. We use this as a framework for relationship-building and achieving excellence.

CliftonStrengths Assessment 

The CliftonStrengths Assessment was researched and developed by Don Clifton, who is often considered the “father of strengths psychology.” The evaluation aims to measure how an individual approaches their work. It examines a person’s talent, which encompasses their personality, attitudes, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The focus is placed entirely on highlighting the positives instead of the negatives — with the hope that we all can focus on turning our natural talents into strengths instead of fixating on our weaknesses.

Hogan Development Survey (HDS)

The HDS was constructed by Dr. Robert Hogan and Joyce Hogan in 1997 for Hogan Assessment Systems, Inc. The purpose of the instrument is to assess an individual’s capacity to engage in dysfunctional and maladaptive behaviors at work. The HDS aims to predict said behaviors by identifying the natural dispositions that incite them.

We have leaders in our organization participate in this survey and then share the findings with the entire organization for feedback, transparency, and accountability.

And if you read nothing else about how to leverage assessments like the ones above to benefit your organization’s interpersonal growth, read these from Thought Ensemble’s original Co-founder, and present-day Managing Vice President, Lisa Jasper:

One of my Favorite MBTI Exercises

Personalities and Communication: MBTI vs. “the quadrants.” 

Why not use MBTI for hiring? 

MBTI: So much more than introversion and extroversion 

If you’d like to learn more about how these types of assessments can support your talent development strategy, reach out to us at info@thoughtensemble.com.

READ MORE

Lessons From a Change Manager Who Hates Change

Lessons From a Change Manager Who Hates Change

Hello. My name is Monique, and I’m a change manager who hates change.   After years of receiving “consulting therapy” from various mentors, I am now able to say these words out loud and proudly. But for a long time, it felt more like an admission of guilt. I mean, who...

read more
Creativity as a Cure

Creativity as a Cure

The topic of creative solutioning has been front and center these days as we talk more and more about organizational adaptability in the face of dynamic and uncertain times. For example, I recently read about a project that got me thinking about specific priorities...

read more
Thought Ensemble, a Pariveda Company — Why Now?

Thought Ensemble, a Pariveda Company — Why Now?

Big news over here as we close out the year - we have been acquired by Pariveda, a 750-person consulting firm in 12 markets across North America! We are now “Thought Ensemble, a Pariveda Company” and I’ll be serving as the Managing Vice President continuing to lead...

read more
Thought Ensemble Joins Pariveda Solutions!

Thought Ensemble Joins Pariveda Solutions!

Dallas, December 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Pariveda, a leader specializing in solving complex technology and business problems, announces the acquisition of Thought Ensemble. With the addition of Thought Ensemble, Pariveda now provides holistic business strategy,...

read more
Thoughts on Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

Thoughts on Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

It was about a year ago that we first started hearing about Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (SB19-085) and I knew it was going to be national news. We’d just gotten past the “Rocky Mountain High” jokes, and our lovely state was trying to break new ground...

read more
Disruption Is the New Normal

Disruption Is the New Normal

By nature, disruptors are not popular. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win, then they copy you.” We have all heard some version of this quote, and we have all seen it play out in real life. We've seen it with building...

read more
What Would You Say You Do Here?

What Would You Say You Do Here?

“I deal with the … customers so the engineers don't have to! I have people skills!” That famous Office Space quote from Tom Smykowski cracks me up every single time. I know Toms. I’ve been Tom. Change the quote to say, “IT Team” instead of “engineers,” and there’s a...

read more
What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

In today’s impression-obsessed, content-rich, never-ending-narrative-building climate, there is a surplus of articles that exacerbate the importance of developing a strong competitive BRAND for your organization. But what about your company’s name? What about the...

read more