Random Five Friday – Facts

Random Five Friday is here again, even though I’ve only been back in town 2 days. Feels weird that it’s Friday but hey ~ I’ll take it.

Here we go!

1.  Attended a departmental conference with colleagues in Denver earlier this week. Unlike past meetings, where various experts and executives spoke at us for two days, this one was extremely interactive.  All of us completed the MBTI assessment ahead of time and we had one full day of breakouts to learn about each indicator before getting our results.   Now, I’ve taken this before, in fact it was this assessment, taken in a three-day conference, that prompted our move to Michigan.  Read more at When you know for sure.   Re the training, there were some who embraced it, some who quietly tolerated it, some who pooh-poohed it and others who rolled with it.  I’ll let you guess which one I was :).

2.  Landing in Denver and stepping outside was like walking into a furnace. Hot, billowing dry air and all-encompassing.  No humidity. None.   I felt my eyes crinkle to raisins and slugged down more water than ever.  My normally hair-that-shall-not-be-tamed decided to lie down in protest.   Weird.

3. I’ve mentioned before that our company is going through a lot of organizational and structural changes.   Tuesday night, I found myself in a deep conversation with a colleague, someone I don’t know well and rarely see, but someone I’ve long admired for his gentle dignity and the steady way he conducts himself.  We started chatting about the changes and something led me to ask about his situation, suspecting he’s not likely to have a job in a year. Shyly he told me a bit about other ventures he’s involved in and, as I listened, I watched as his face lit up. The more he talked about having more time with his wife and children, the more animated he became. I felt a nudge to tell him our story, about taking this same class so many years ago and how that exercise created a foundational shift change for us.   As I talked about our course correction, and being led by faith, I felt myself growing more animated, too.  We were soon called to dinner but not before he said, “You don’t know how much I needed to hear what you had to say, thank you.”

4. Re the personality types, my results were not a surprise to me:  ISTJ.  Here’s the description:

Quiet, serious, earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical, matter-of-fact, realistic, and responsible. Highly capable and decides logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organized – their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty.

I'm Joe Friday!

I’m Joe Friday!

I did have several “aha’s” however – I understand now why my trip “home” was so exhausting. I’m a “situational extrovert” – I can chat it up with family or be on “stage” at a meeting, etc. but I cannot do so without a price. There are a lot of extroverts in my family and, after being with them a week, I lost my voice. Makes me understand why I crave my quiet Sundays at home. Ding! Ding! Ding!

The other important takeaway was the opportunity to understand the other types on my team and across our department.  There emerged some clear leaders and big-picture thinkers, the “do-ers” and the diplomats and so on.  The most profound affirmation was learning that the person I report to is my polar opposite: it’s no wonder we struggle communicating.  I come at a task with facts, strategy, and a plan; I crave order, quiet and structure. He shows up late, with no idea what’s coming at us or what’s needed to get it done, bucks the plan, laughs at to-do lists and thinks out-loud in a steady stream of consciousness.   Please pray for me.

5.  It’s good to be home where it’s 74F and 9,000% humidity.  Say what you want about higher temps, it feels hotter here!

And with that, I give you this door sign. Funny stuff.

funny stuff.

funny stuff.

Do you know your MBTI type? Does it ring true for you?  Happy Friday, peeps!


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18 thoughts on “Random Five Friday – Facts

  1. Good to have your update, especially after my recent absence from the blogosphere. Interestingly, I’m an INFJ–introverted–intuitive–feeling–Judgemental–I think Myers-Briggs calls this type the “author”–ha, ha. Bet you’d have never guessed that. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  2. I am an ENTP which I don’t quite remember what it means but at the time I thought it was me exactly. I loved Myers-Briggs (and a few other personality questionnaires) because I firmly believe it helps you understand why you can get along with some people and hit the wall with others. A team needs a combination and sometimes there are some that you would prefer weren’t there but they have their role. When I was the HR VP I worked for the CFO who had the attention span (for human resource work) of a flea. The result was that he let me run things my way so it worked for me. Occasionally he wasn’t there for support when I needed him but I learned how to work the exec suite for support without cutting him out. As for Denver, all my step-kids live there. At one outdoor formal function at 6 p.m. when it was 98 degrees, they tried to convince me that it was really cooler because there was no humidity. Unfortunately my makeup melted off and rolled down the pavement! Have a great weekend and glad your random 5 is back.

  3. I haven’t taken the test. Going to track it down!
    The last image had me laughing out loud. Love it xo

  4. That test sounds interesting….and I have no doubt what your thoughts were on the training….! Happy Weekend, MJ!

  5. I went to the MBTI website and quickly went through their list of personality types but, amazingly enough, didn’t see any that read “you’re a grouch, stubborn and sometimes mean. You get the most out of stopping the progress of others plans, regardless of whether it benefits the company or yourself.” LOL (I’ve worked with a few of those folks). I’m going to take the on-line test this summer, with feedback. Hopefully it will help me understand why I do what I do, and lend myself to those things that I excel in.

    Being an extrovert comes with a price for me. While often times exciting, the energy and emotion that was poured out of me needs time afterwards to be replenished (kind of like when Jesus and His disciples got out of Dodge for breaks from the crowds….He knew that it was in their best interests to rest, reflect and be still with Him). To be my best “extrovert” I need time to be an introvert.

    I’ve had to learn to communicate with my new boss. He wants facts, not my opinions. So now…I give him bullets of facts in rapid fire. If he wants opinion, he’ll follow up the fact with a question. Morning time isn’t “his best” time, afternoons he’s a different person. Funny how after 25 years I’m still learning to communicate with supervisors. 🙂

    Glad that you’re back.

    • It’s a great tool for learning more about yourself and why you favor the things you do — I highly recommend taking the test objectively and then reading through the various profile nuances. Very insightful.

      Sounds like you have figured out your boss quickly!


  6. ISFJ here. I would like to experience no humidity one day. 9000% is the norm for us. That is a funny door sign. Love a sense of humor.

    • I was ISFJ years ago, and I’m on the fence between the F and T but more of a T now; the facilitator explained we all have some of each “end” of the spectrum but we have a tendency to one side or the other. Fascinating stuff!


  7. Sounds like you’re in agreement with the assessment. Sometimes when I’ve taken those types of tests I feel like the result is slightly off. Good tool for self-examination!
    Denver…my old stomping ground! I love that place! We lived in Evergreen, just above the city to the west, off I-70. Maybe we’ll land there again one of these days! At least getting back to see our son has allowed us to stay connected. I agree with you about the dryness…going from rain forest to arid climate is tough on the skin! ~ Sheila

    • I agree with most of it; I am slightly more fact driven than feeling-driven but I think I like to think of myself as the opposite 🙂 It’s pretty hard to deny who you are when you read the summary and think – wow – well there it is 🙂

      It was furnace-hot in Denver then I arrived back into the swamp/rain forest humidity – tough business and my hair widened with the curls! Out there my hair just laid down and gave up – funny!

      PS I even know where Evergreen is – small world isn’t it?

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