I last wrote about how we work in an extroverted world when thinking about how we understand MBTI preferences. In today’s post, I’d like to take a look at how we understand the world of control and lack of control > Judging and Perceiving in Myers Briggs parlance.
As always, it’s important to bear in mind the key about preferences. Please run off and have a read of the post if you need to remember.
So the world of work is an interesting one. We come to work and are told that we need to be set objectives for our probation period. Make sure you have set meetings with your new starter so you can make sure they’re getting on well. Have a review meeting at the end of the probation. Set new objectives for the end of the year. Set more review meetings over the course of the year. Have weekly updates. Create workflow plans. Have to-do lists. Milestones are important. Projects must have clear deliverables. It’s all about hard and fast rules that make sense. And God help you if things aren’t SMART.
This is all about the world of judging. We need to have process, it has to be cold, calculated, and it has to be purposeful. But it’s not as clinical as I make out. There’s a reason for all this pain staking close to OCB (obsessive compulsive behaviour) type stuff. It’s security for the person who has a judging preference. And that security is vital for the person’s sense of ‘getting things done’. It’s not actually about control, or about tight deadlines, or anal behaviour – that’s just a lack of understanding about what makes this person tick.
And we can all do with understanding. Our behaviours are often indicative of some other level of reasoning that we need to be sure we have understood. This is where the MBTI can help (amongst other tools, but I’m clearly plugging for the MBTI here). As I’ve described before, it’s not solely about one set of behaviours. We’re all capable of displaying a complete range of behaviours. We have to first identify preferences, which then allow us to uncover meaning behind behaviours.
What about the kind of person who doesn’t work this way? You know the type. The one who enjoys what I’ve heard referred to as ‘wiggle’ time? I’m that kind of person. I don’t like restrictions. I am as laid back and care-free as they come. Deadlines? Pah! Milestones? *sends shivers down my spine* Planning? Huh? To-do lists? Erm… Yeah, that’s right I AM A JUDGING PERSON’S WORST NIGHTMARE. How can this person possibly work? How can they possible exist? WHAT THE FUCK DO THEY DO?
Well, just as above I’ve said it’s about security for the judging person, for the perceiving person, it’s about being comfortable with ambiguity. That’s the best tag line I can think of. A fuller description is > being comfortable with a lack of structure. What does that mean? It means that if you give a piece of work to someone who has a perceiving preference, don’t shit yourself if they’ve not made a move on it. They will, they’re just not fussed about when. It’s not they don’t care about the deadline, for sure they do. After all, it’s still understood it’s a business model they have to work within. They’re just happy to make it happen in their time.
And that’s where the internal battles arise. ‘You need feedback because’. ‘You’re a slacker because’. ‘You’re too focused on process because’. ‘Don’t worry it will get done’. As much as there is room for argument, there is room for understanding. The unfortunate thing, though, is that not everyone has access to someone who understand things as I’ve described them. If you spot it, hopefully the above can help. If you spot it in yourself, take the time to consider the above better.
As always, please ensure you work with someone who is fully qualified in using the MBTI, and not someone who has had secondary or no training.