Enhance team dynamics by understanding personality types.
As an MBTI® Certified Practitioner, we take a hands-on approach to helping organizations improve communication, increase productivity, and foster harmonious working relationships.
Why organizations should invest in
Whether your team performs at a high level or struggles with internal conflicts, there’s always room to enhance communication and interpersonal skills.
At Wayforward, we leverage the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) to help individuals and teams understand their own and each other’s communication preferences and how they tend to interact with others. Backed by seven decades of research, this tool provides a framework to understand ourselves and others along four key dimensions.
How we are most comfortable directing and receiving energy
How we tend to gather information
How we most naturally come to conclusions and make decisions
What we prefer in the world around us, our envirnment
Reactions from our clients
This was the first time that we really have a clear idea across the organization about the hot topic issues we are all having. This was a good experience, and now I’m able to think differently about the way things work for my people. This was a completely different way to think about these things than we usually do in our normal jobs.
WF brings a refreshing and contemporary approach to today’s unprecedented organizational challenges. If you’re serious about growing and retaining your talent, you need WF on your side!
It was eye-opening to learn how so many employees feel and why they have those frustrations. These experiences are much more complex than I imagined, especially when developing a plan for the whole organization. The process used was interesting and completed with efficiency.
They provide an "agenda free" approach to helping you understand how to overcome an internal challenge.
I’ve participated in a lot of different types of HR workshops. This was by far the most valuable and engaging thing I’ve ever been involved in. I have a pile of things I plan to act on immediately.
The assessment was an interesting process. It was the most interesting consulting experience I’ve ever been through. I’ve been through a lot of engagement surveys, and this was the first time I felt completely engaged in what we were doing.
I would recommend WF highly. WF spent the time needed to understand our business so they could ask the right questions.
We found our project to be valuable, and hope to benefit from the insights for years in the future (while never adding that expertise through headcount).
It was so interesting how problems are scattered across the organization but are so similar in different areas. I think it went really well, and they made us think about our organization differently.
"The attention to detail that was brought to our individual sessions and our group session was unmatched. They displayed a complete understanding of each of the personality preferences and the intricacies of how they related to each other. I'm confident our team has already reaped the benefits of that dedication and thoroughness."
"There was an impressive ability to facilitate a group session that can be sensitive or emotional. He navigates these situations in a professional setting flawlessly, ensuring that all attendees lead with a growth mindset and leave the session feeling motivated and optimistic."
"I came out of my company’s session with a strong understanding of the intent behind communication from colleagues who process information and approach solutions/conflict differently than I do."
"Previous assessments I’ve taken have been focused on my individual preferences only, and not how those individual preferences affect those around me or the way that I work (and can work better/more efficiently) with others."
"It was much more detailed than other assessments I have completed (which typically only generated a one-page summary). The detail allowed me to identify specific behaviors I exhibit instead of just more general feedback about a style. I really appreciate how "seen" I felt during my meeting to review my results."
"I really loved learning about my team's personality preferences so that I can be a better teammate and support them in a way that they appreciate."
Applications for the MBTI.
The MBTI is a way of developing order and meaning within a messy and complicated work. Awareness of personality types can help you adapt your interpersonal approach to different situations and audiences.
By understanding how individuals make decisions and the type of environment they prefer, your team can approach conflict in a more productive, respectful manner.
The MBTI helps leaders develop stronger self-awareness and identify tendencies in setting direction, inspiring others, and mobilizing action.
Stress management in
Part of the MTBI's value is its broad applications and depth of perspective. There isn't a need to cobble together different assessments to identify all the stressors that tend to derail us.
Playing to our natural tendencies is a recipe for success. The MBTI helps us identify our strengths and blind spots that must be addressed.
Team development and rapport
Respect for others is key to a resilient, successful team. The MBTI shows what every member brings to the table in various situations.
The diversity of needs before, during, and after periods of change is critical to successful growth and change management within organizations.
Improving communication patterns
Every organization can benefit from improved communication. Plain and simple.
Understanding how others on the team make decisions is crucial to avoiding costly mistakes and internal strife.
Recognizing the differences in how people learn is the first step in getting everyone on the same page.
What's included in our MBTI assessments.
At Wayforward, assessments are led by an MBTI® Certified Practitioner and experienced executive specializing in turning teams around.
While every session is customized by industry, company challenges, and organizational goals, our MBTI assessments typically include:
Online self-report questionnaires distributed to all particiapants
One-on-one sessions with each participant to review the MBTI's Personal Impact Report
Full-day team workshop with actionable strategies for understanding and complementing different personality types within the work environment
FAQs on the MBTI.
While several popular personality assessment methodologies exist, we believe the MBTI is the most actionable tool available to the business community. Its competitors, like DiSC, generate nice-to-know but limiting sets of information. DiSC categories pigeonhole people’s personalities and roles, whereas the MBTI opens the door to highly functional team relationships and individual development.
Many other personality assessments tend to categorize – then divide – workers into “good” and “bad,” depending on their roles. The MBTI was developed to ensure people understood they were created equal, just different. It is a tool to identify our best, most effective tendencies – and to foster awareness of our blind spots and potential pitfalls.
The MTBI requires a more significant time investment than quicker, narrower personality assessments. Where most assessments spit out a report available to the participant immediately, MBTI requires a two-hour session with a skilled practitioner to unpack the results and assist the individual with the introspective process of their interpretation.
The participant needs to have a conversation with a certified practitioner before taking the assessment. Mindset and the way in which questions are answered are frequently disregarded by participants who are only provided with written instructions - that often tend to get breezed through.
The scientific and statistical reliability of the MBTI has been scientifically demonstrated thousands of times over. As with any popular methodology, those utilizing it can fall victim to the temptation of taking shortcuts. Concerns around statistical reliability and individuals' “changing types” on the assessment stem from instances where participants were left on their own to guess how to approach the assessment questions.
The MBTI can be abused if misapplied. It is not intended to drive categorical or exclusionary thinking. In fact, if we limit ourselves, our teams, or our collaborative interactions to certain types – we will invariably be closing ourselves off from the incredible value that diversity of thought brings to teams and decisions. The MBTI is intended to increase how effective we become with types different from our own. Never to aid homogeneity.
If you'd like to learn more about our MBTI assessment services, schedule a quick, no-nonsense exploratory call with our Chief Advisor to help determine if we're the right fit for your company.