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The Places in the Company for MBTI-types

Penelope Trunk had at one point described what position in the company do different MBTI take. According to her, the S-types are the ones that do all the work (though, listening to the INTJ interview that she is having right not, I get the feeling that INTJ should be the one that do all the work :) ) and so on. Read her blog post (the description is in the comments), to see what she says about them.

I wanted to see, if there is any application to the Jung's functions. Is there any easily seen patterns there, that I could exploit?

Si and Se below, Fe in middle managements and Te and Ni in upper management, with Ne somewhere in weird places

Well, it seems that if I try to generalize things on the function level, then we get the people with Si and Se functions doing the work. In the middle management, the Fe rises as important part, while in the upper management, it is the Te and Ni functions. The Ne and possible Ti and Fi being in a weird position.

What can that tell us about how the companies work? Based just on this, it seems that on the beginning, in the position from entry levels to all the position that are not management, the productivity seems to be the most important factor. Maybe not productivity all the time, but at least action and doing something. I guess, since I doubt that companies want the action to be meaningless and without results, maybe equating it is not that long of a stretch.

I guess that means, that when looking for the first job, maybe emphasizing the productivity could work? But that would be assuming that companies know what they are looking for? I don't know...

Then, when the people take the position in the middle management, the social skills become more important. It is how they related to other people, making sure that there is no disagreement or miscommunication would be important, at least because all three types mentioned have Fe as one of the first two functions.

But then, in order the get from the middle management, to the top management, it is no longer social skills, but the ability to make systems and see the vision for the future and bring it there. This is what the Te-Ni combination does. Based on the types, it seems that top management needs at least one, if not both skills emphasized by these functions.

So that leaves Ne, Fi and Ti as functions that were not specifically mentioned. So that means creating a lot of ideas, caring about values and analyzing as the three functions, that in some combinations may bring people in the unusual, sometimes downright weird, positions in the company, and in the other make them less suitable to work there. I guess there is just no systematic need for these three types of contributions in all the companies.

So, I guess, what I can get from this is, that productivity gets you the first job, the social skills the managerial position, but the highest places, a person need to develop systems and vision. It is sort of a quick roadmap into what to do to rise to the top.