I have always been a big fan using personality profiling tests to help gain insight to your own behaviors and those of your colleagues. They can be a great way of building the cohesiveness of your team. Profile tests, such as Myers-Briggs and DISC work in such a way that helps place people into well-defined categories. Once the category is identified for each employee, the info is then shared among the team members. This can be incredibly helpful developing an understanding why people act the way they do and reinforce the fact that not everyone on the team is the same. I don’t know about you, but I need constant reminders that people see the world differently than I do.
Here are some things to consider when doing personality profiling.
- You have to take them was a grain of salt, they’re not perfect and there is a lot of gray areas.
- It’s tempting to consider certain profiles as being better than others. And surprise, people will usually think their category is superior to the others.
- The goal in doing the profiling as a group is to get the team talking about what it all means. Mainly, how does the makeup of group affect things such as communication, expectations, tolerance, conflict, planning, having fun, etc.
One of the drawbacks of these assessments is that they can be expensive and time-consuming. Myers-Briggs and DISC are both excellent assessments, but you are going to need a skilled facilitator and at least a half day to implement them. One option that I have used a lot is the Color Q assessment developed by Shoya Zichy. I love it because it’s quick and easy and only has four categories broken out by color. You can take it in minutes and discuss it as a team in under and hour. Here is a link to the short version that includes and activity you can do with your group, or you can go to their website (www.colorqpersonalities.com) for the longer version you can buy.
What I like to do with the Color Q assessment is have everyone take it and read through the different types, then before they share what their color is, I have each team member guess what color each other is. I also list out on a flip chart each person’s name and their associated color. You can then hang that up in the office and refer to it later. Unlike other profile test where it can be hard enough to remember your own results (I think I’m INTJ? Or is it JINT?), because there are only 4 categories it’s very easy to remember everyone’s color.
I would love to hear how you used this tool and if you found it helpful.