Thank you for the great reception to The PEOPLE
Process TYPE TALK. We've received lots of
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first issue and look
forward to hearing from more of you.
This issue is
devoted to TEAMBUILDING. The first article
summary of a 13-page article from the Journal of
Management Development in 1997 and the second
article is from The TYPE Reporter Issue No.
Teamwork. Although both articles were
nearly a decade ago, the information is very relevant
to applying the theory of personality type to team
In 1992, Roy and I conducted a
training for a large organization that included
teaching the basics of personality-type theory and
how to apply this theory in putting together "The
Balanced Team." At the time, this was leading-edge
thinking - a "balanced team" - and we developed
materials to aid in teaching this philosophy. After
reading these two articles myself, I plan on dusting
off those materials and converting them into a
PowerPoint product for sale on the TPP website.
|FOUR CHARACTERISTICS OF PRODUCTIVE TEAMS - The Effect of Personality Type on Team Performance
The ideal team should be highly diversified in the
talent and knowledge each member contributes,
while maintaining open, non-threatening
communication. The four dominant individual
difference characteristics of productive teams -
Leadership, Comunication, Cohesion,
Heterogeneity - can be combined, based on the
common thread of personality type, to form an
evaluative model of the impact of personality type on
Effective leadership is an especially
important factor in the success of a product
development team. A knowledgeable, assertive
leader must not only be available and properly trained
in group dynamics, but must also be the type of
person who can lead people who represent different
functional areas and different levels of management.
They must control the team meetings, drawing
everyone into the discussions until a consensus
|SIX QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CREATING A TEAM - The TYPE Reporter Team Diagnostic
A Team Needs A Good Mix Of Types - Tom
Do "opposites attract," or do "birds of a feather flock
together?" This is an important question not just in
friendship, love, and marriage, but also in team
building. A large body of research in psychology
suggests that in general, we are most attracted to
people who are fairly similar to us. Isabel Myers
concluded that we tend to favor people similar in
type to ourselves more often marrying them, for
instance; but that when it comes to team
well rounded mix of types is the most effective and
A few years ago Bruce Blaylock, a professor at
Eastern Kentucky University, did a major study in
which 17 four-person teams of students competed
with each other over a month in a sophisticated and
realistic simulated production exercise. Writing in
Volume 6 of Research in Psychological Type, Dr.
Blaylock notes that no particular type preference
was predictive of success; instead, teams with a
thorough mixture of types outperformed virtually any
single-type or similar-type team. In forming teams, it
may be tempting to choose people similar to
ourselves but even in tasks that seem made for a
particular type, the best results are likely to come
from a well rounded mix of types.
The TYPE Reporter Team Diagnostic - How To
Measure The Mix - Susan Scanlon
From dozens of interviews, my team and I selected
six team stories. These stories illustrated some of
the more common problems a team might have, and
how the MBTI can help. We looked for messages in
these stories, and from the messages, we came up
with six questions you might ask yourself
|About the Author
Pamela & Roy Hollister developed The PEOPLE
Process – “By business people for business
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type theory. Pam has over 30 years of professional
business experience with emphasis on
entrepreneurship, marketing and business
communications. She has created and directed
training programs for a large number of Fortune 500
companies, the US Air Force, the Department of
Energy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and
numerous school districts throughout North America.
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