Using the type inventory
When you are entering names of individuals in the application, you have an opportunity to identify his or her four letter type (e.g. ESTJ, INFP, etc.). If you don’t know his or her type or don’t have enough data to speculate about an individual’s behavioral type, you can use the inventory.
People are using the type inventory in a couple of unique ways. You can ask the person involved to talk through the inventory with you to sort his or her type. Literally sit next to each other and work through the scales. The slider bar allows you to show the degree of intensity the behavior expressed by the individual.
Importantly, if the slider bar stops on a three, two, or one, additional questions are asked to help clarify the sort for each dimension.
Another very powerful use of the type inventory is when everyone on the team has the application, has entered everyone’s name, and estimated everyone’s type. Assuming the team has agreed to this process, when the team comes together, everyone shares the estimated type of each team member. By sharing with each other what each sees in the other’s behavior, a very useful discussion emerges about what is seen versus what is “thought” or personally “believed” to be demonstrated.
The team can play with the team dynamics they experience given what they have estimated versus what the team finally agrees is the type pattern that is observed. This process generates more self-disclosure, builds more trust, and enriches mutual understanding.