Here’s a conversation I just completed with Kris Kiler of TypeLabs about the upcoming series of MBTI experts presenting this Fall. Even though Kris’s sales page is eloquent in telling the story of this training offer I wanted to find out a little more about his thinking in putting this series together.

Q. What has been missing in the way people have been using type related tools and materials?

A. A lot of professionals get qualified and get back to their organization or business and do a couple of MBTI interpretations – maybe an intro workshop – and wonder “What’s next?.” Next, they buy a package of materials like the “Introduction to Type” series and get re-energized. These professionals get a surprising reminder about the value of continuing training and development when they get into their 2-4 hour workshop on teams or communication when people start asking for examples or have questions about what to do with their team or how to use this information in performance reviews. They get stuck.

What’s missing is access to a continuing stream of learning about psychological type (and related models) and applications to these models. I think at one point I heard there were 30,000 people qualified to use the MBTI and this doesn’t count all of the professionals that are using other type instruments without qualification. This many people and we only get 400-500 people at the Association for Psychological Type conference. There’s a disconnect with how these professionals are introduced to the model and what it takes to be effective in the long term use of the theory.

Q. How did you choose the Experts that are presenting in this series?

A. The experts I chose for this series are people who I highly regards as experts in their particular field or study and have known for a long time. These individuals have devoted their professional careers to understanding, applying, and furthering the theory of psychological type and the related models. I will say that the list of experts in this community is long and I plan on continuing to lay the blueprint out for practitioners for years to come.

Q. Is there any aspect of how people are currently using type that you wanted to include but couldn’t this time ’round?

Well, my list of programs initially was 20. I’m known as someone who tends to set the bar high but the feedback I received from customers that were contacted as preliminary research had indicated that I need to cut that into at least half. The program ended up with 8 and we’ll see how the community reacts to the lineup. I expect to continue to introduce more Type Practitioner Blueprint series in the future.

Q. What do you see happening as a result of this series?

My goal is to expose every practitioner to these programs. And by practitioner, I mean anyone that is committed to using type effectively with clients and organizations. This could be someone who is a qualified/certified trainer (either internal or external), professional coaches and consultants who teach this information to their clients and the leader or manager who advocates the constructive use of the theory and the understanding of individual differences in their organization. I hope that we see a shift in how people see the value of type and the related models like temperament and social styles and start integrating the information into their programs, teams, and personal communications. This is just the start of a new wave and community of practitioners dedicated to the constructive use of individual differences.

Click for a full outline of the series. Friday (today) is the end of the special reduced pricing.

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