Preferences inform us of our strengths and our blindspots. Taken to an extreme or overused, our strengths can become our weaknesses. Drawing on the insights of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the following is a quick read on potential blindspots based on preference. Do you see yourself in any of these? Do you see anyone you know?
Strength: Generally like to talk things out and bounce ideas off of people.
Blindspot: May be perceived as not taking enough time to stop and reflect. Sometimes don't listen well.
Strength: Generally like to think things through and listen carefully before coming to any conclusion.
Blindspot: May be perceived as not communicating openly with others. Once they come to a conclusion, may fail to mention it to anyone else.
Strength: Generally attuned to the practical realities of the situation. They know what needs to be done and what it will take to get it done.
Blindspot: May be perceived as failing to take into account the big picture or thinking about the possibilities of what might be.
Strength: Generally in touch and excited by the possibilities for the future. They think about what could happen if...
Blindspot: May be perceived as failing to think through the practical implications of making something happen. Also likely to overlook details.
Strength: When making a decision, generally analyze what makes the most sense and try to arrive at a conclusion that is logical and objective.
Blindspot: May be perceived as cold-hearted and seemingly indifferent to other people's feelings.
Strength: When making a decision, generally think through how it will affect the people involved. Able to put oneself in the other's shoes to get a sense of how he/she feels.
Blindspot: May be perceived as avoiding conflict or bottling up negative emotions.
Strength: Generally organized and structured. Able to communicate (or at least know) what to expect next.
Blindspot: May be perceived as not being spontaneous and/or flexible enough to adapt to last minute changes or surprises.
Strength: Generally flexible and adaptable. Comfortable handling unexpected changes.
Blindspot: May be perceived as having too many projects going on at the same time and not finishing things that they start.
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