I need some love from my working brothers and sisters on today’s topic. I have been ruminating lately about how difficult it is to work with certain personality types and what my own personality and style brings to the workplace. This is something that I think about all the time, but more so lately as I recently re-took the Meyers Briggs personality test and training course. I took this many years ago, and supposedly the criteria and process has changed a little, so I took it again. I also took the Keirsey Temperament sorter, which has foundations in Meyers Briggs, but talks more about your work style and appropriate jobs for your personality type.
So, here is what Meyers Briggs says that I am –
INFJ - This four letter acronym means that I am more introverted than extroverted, more intuitive than sensing, more feeling than thinking and more judging and structured than perceiving.
OK, whatever you say, Meyers Briggs. It also tells you what people of note share your type.
Me and Mother Theresa, we tight!
Me and MLK should go out for beers.
Me and Tom Selleck (?!?), homies.
Me and Shirley McLaine share an astral plane.
OK, so I guess I am a selfless, human rights activist that believes in gun rights and out of body experiences. Uh, yeah, that’s me in a nutshell (NOT).
So what does Keirsey say about my choice of career?
Well, Keirsey also says that I am an INFJ, but to them it means that I am more attentive than expressive, more introspective than observant, more friendly than tough minded and more scheduled than probing. They label me an “Idealist-Counselor”. The list of perfect jobs for the Idealist-Counselor? Here goes:
Occupational Therapist (That would require patience. Uh, not my long suit)
Creative Writer (I can write. Not necessarily creatively or with any regard for grammar, syntax, structure or punctuation)
Film Maker (I’m no Scorcese.)
Art Director (Of those that draw stick people only.)
Librarian (Really. Isn’t literacy a bonafide job requirement?)
Architect (The structural integrity of anything, should never be left in my hands.)
Counselor (I would feel too much of peoples pain. I would end up eating a bullet.)
Registered Nurse (Do apathy and a queasy stomach disqualify me from this one?)
Religious Educator (Hold on, I’m still laughing.. . . . . )
Grant Writer (WTF is this?)
Reporter/Correspondent (Didn’t you just tell me that I am NOT observant?)
Professor of Sociology (Yeah, I’m short a few thousand credits for this one)
So what is missing from this magic recipe of type sorting? My career. I’m a Project Manager in the software application development world. I’ve been one for forever and a day. Have I been a hopelessly inept PM for this long or do I have the untapped potential to be the most stellar Religious Educator that ever espoused dogma, if I only tried? All these tests have served to do is confuse me. That was a lot of effort to find out that I am mismatched to my job and don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. The only thing that is clear to me at this point is that I need to play Lotto, every day.