Thursday, May 26, 2011

Myers Briggs and Decision Making

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is designed to measure preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.

For more information on Myers Briggs see the entry in Wikipedia.

Two of the 'dichotomies' proposed by Myers Briggs suggest an effective method for decision making which should allow all types to contribute effectively to the process. The two types are:

Sensing (S) - (N) Intuition

Thinking (T) - (F) Feeling

The process goes through four stages:

define the problem (sensing questions)

  • What are the facts?

  • What have you or others done to resolve this or similar problems?

  • What has worked or not worked?

  • What resources are available?

consider possibilities (intuitive questions)

  • What other ways could we look at this?

  • What does the data suggest?

  • What are the connections to other issues or other people?

  • What are all the possible ways to address this sort of problem?

analyse each course of action (thinking questions)

  • What are the pros and cons of each course of action?

  • What are the logical consequences of each choice?

  • What are the consequences of not deciding?

  • What impact would each possible decision have on other priorities?

consider values and reactions (feeling questions)

  • How will people be affected?

  • How will each option contribute to harmony and positive interactions?

  • How can we support people as they implement decisions or are affected by them?

  • Does it feel right?

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