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The New Why Teams Don't Work by Harvey Robbins, Michael Finley

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chapter 22 The Myth of Personality Type

We can encapsulate this chapter by saying that everything we said about adventure learning and team-building also holds true for the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory.

Adventure learning used mountaineering and other outdoor experiences to provide team members with new understandings about themselves. The Myers-Briggs personality categories also provide every team member with exhilarating new insights into themselves, and a set of initials (e.g., ENTP, ISTJ) that explain what kind of person they are. The Myers-Briggs instrument is more than a piece of paper to enthusiasts—it becomes the organizing principle of their lives.

Typology is based on the insight that there are many “archetypes” of people, that ...

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