Multiple Heads Are Better Than One, 06.24.2014

Whenever conflict arises within a team or in the workplace, many of us are quick to think, “What is wrong with this person?” or, “Why is he/she reacting like this?” Of course, there are two sides to every story, and then there’s the “truth.”  Communications is about the message that is being delivered (verbally, in writing and through nonverbal cues), but equally as important, is the message that is being received, and there is plenty of room for perceptions to skew original intentions. Consequently, the “truth” of a message often depends on the personality of the individual receiving it. To help communicators understand the filters we apply to ours and others’ messages, we turn to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test (MBTI). Developed by the mother-daughter duo Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, the MTBI is based on Carl Jung’s typological theories and has become a popular tool in business as a means of identifying people’s personality preferences.  The test evaluates preferences based on four pairs of dichotomies: MBTI chart read more »

Stressed at work? Free your mind, and the rest will follow., 03.13.2014

When you’re living on an island of saturated inboxes and endless to-do lists, slipping into the chronic madness of office life can happen all too quickly. However, let us remind you that rest is important. And we’re not talking about a cozy hammock and your fluffiest pillow — we’re talking about the spiritual and emotional rest one achieves through mindfulness. All the sleep-in Saturdays between now and the end of time could never fully rejuvenate you from the long weeknights and constant decision-making required by a demanding job. According to the National Institute of Health at the University of Massachusetts, exercising mindfulness in the workplace helps improve brain activity and concentration amongst employees. It enhances our ability to envision options and open ourselves to new perspectives, which makes us better collaborators. Untitled read more »