Work styles

Judging vs Perceiving in the workplace

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Published on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 14:35 by Bill McAneny

CoffeeI met with my friend Gary last Thursday for a coffee and catch up. We were really pleased to see each other. We caught up on what’s happening, had a really warm chat about things and then something strange happened as we got down to work. He got out a notepad which had a list of items and said: “OK this is what I’d like to get out of this meeting, what do you want to cover.” Me: “I don’t know, I hadn’t thought about it!” And do you know what the difference was? Yep, Judging vs Perceiving. He needed a list and a plan, and I wanted to just see where it would go.

In the workplace there is often a misalignment between Js and Ps. Unlike Extraversion vs Introversion, which now gets a lot of airtime, has heaps of books and articles written about it and which is probably easier to ‘get,’ the J-P scale can cause friction between those who need to create a plan and stick to it, and those who prefer to see how it all unfolds.

Life is a people game, and a contact sport

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Published on Fri, 01/10/2014 - 16:48 by Bill McAneny

Water DropIn business, as in life, success often depends about the quality of the interactions we have. Understanding ourselves is a great first step but ultimately it is about understanding ourselves in relation to other people and of course getting to better understand them. Our behaviour has an impact and that impact has a consequence: the impact is how we leave people feeling and the consequence is what occurs as a result of that impact. I once asked an SVP of a large energy company how his people saw him (I had already asked): “A livewire, a bit of a joker who loves the joust, they love me,” he said. Nope. So I told him: “They say you’re a sarcastic, self-indulgent bully who makes a joke of everything.” So we can see our SVP was aware of his behaviour but he viewed it from the standpoint of himself, rather than those on the receiving end. 

Judging vs Perceiving - certainty vs flexibility

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Published on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 07:41 by Bill McAneny

Railroad TracksJudging vs Perceiving is all about the need to plan and drive for closure vs the need stay flexible and keep options open. Judging types will want to plan the work, work the plan and drive with certainty towards known closure, whilst perceiving types will prefer to remain loose and indeed get energised by last minute pressures and things that don’t go according to plan. You remember at school there were people who prepare and plan in advance for exams whilst others crammed at the last minute, preferring the excitement of the deadline pressure; that is judging vs perceiving.

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