Social Media


There have been surveys done on the MBTI profiles of Twitter users, and now in a recent post on his blog, Life Coach Yost asks what about Facebook. As a self -disclosed INTJ, Yost admits to the natural fit between his preferences and Twitter which he took to right away. Perhaps the attraction in part is that Twitter, apart from the 140 character limit, allows him to interact on his own terms. That 140 character limit might be a real bonus feature to an INTJ in terms of tailoring the responses that they receive from others…short and sweet and to the point.

Facebook is another story. I am curious what makes it seem so different? Not only is there the possibility of greater, well longer, interactions but perhaps the fact that followers are called “friends” adds another level of commitment to the relationship.

In his post Yost makes the distinction between the use of Social Media in a business context and personal use. Just to back up a moment to look at some lingering perceptions of Facebook in general, it seems to me that there are many factors that influence one’s ideas about the value of using Facebook for a professional or business person. Many people who have steered clear of using Facebook have the notion that it is for kids, or for family or focused soley on the trivial aspects of one’s social life. I have heard some professionals who fear Facebook because they have concerns about their privacy and the impact that Facebook may have on their reputation.

Facebook may not be for everyone but the territory has shifted and there are increasing numbers of people successfully incorporating Facebook into their overall marketing strategy as one component of their Social Media approach.

To get back to the question Life Coach Yost poses about the value of Facebook. I think that understanding why and how you might want to use it is helpful. Then you have a road map for how you want to engage. As well as having the context of an overall marketing/personal branding strategy, I can imagine using Facebook as a way of connecting with others if you have a special interest or hobby. For someone with INTJ preferences Facebook offers a way to widen the circle of people who may be interested in what you have to offer while at the same time putting you in the driver seat of how and when you wish to interact.

As for the issue of having Facebook be a distraction from engaging with real live breathing friends. I can imagine the seductive nature of this idea. If you are using Facebook as part of your business building, I would not confuse the issue by using it as your mechanism to keep up with friends.

Category : Social Media | Blog

I have been tweaking some MBTI type related cartoons.

I have not been doing this is a vacuum.

The idea to add the 16 types so that they showed the dominant function came from a conversation with a Facebook friend. People have suggested changes on Twitter and on Facebook and other folks have passed the word along so that I am getting feedback from a variety of different MBTI types.

I am amazed at peoples willingness to help and their generosity in trying to help me get the best result. This is one of the things that I love about Social Media. It is a way to reach out to others that works.

Now I would love to see if I have missed any feedback that you might have to offer. You can read about some of my thinking that went into these Doodles after the images.

16 MBTI Types Doodle

16 MBTI Types Doodle

So far I have simplified the shapes overall and kept the sizes for each Doodle similar.

  • I used a square shape with ears and a nose for those types with Dominant Sensing.
  • Dominant Intuitive types are all stars
  • Dominant Thinking rectangles with lots of room for all that Thinking
  • Dominant Feeling is represented by a heart shape.
  • The colours are Kierey temperament related with Gold for SJ Guardians, Red for SP Artisans, Green for NF Idealists and Blue for NT Rationals.
  • Other than that Extroverts have more “out there” features
  • Introverts have more subdued features
  • A larger image and some of my previous attempts are posted on Facebook

What would your type look like if you were the Doodle-maker?

Category : Doodles | Social Media | Blog

I often read blogs with streams of comments and appreciate the way people wade in to enrich and expand the original thought. When comments come into this blog I am over the moon.

Since I post this on Twitter and Facebook as well, sometimes responses are directed there and I wanted to share some wisdom that was came out of the recent look at Thinking and Feeling preferences.

Janet Conner writes:
I helped a friend who is an expert in the MBTI and uses it in her exec coaching do a research project on INTPs who were having melt downs in a fortune 500 co. She gave me a booklet on INTPs in their grip and I realized I was reading an exact description of my son who at the time was a wreck, dropped out of HS, etc. She explained that my natural grip INFJ behavior was exactly the wrong thing to do around him so I immediately shifted and within a couple days my son came out of his shell and began to interact with me again. Miraculous stuff!

Tom Potter continues:
Your other responder about her son is similar to my experience. Parents “feel” for their kids and (I would propose) even the most “thinking “T” would get caught in that. The woman when she “became aware” of her son’s MBTI type, said she understood him. I would say she cognitively approached the situation differently and had success. She thought about how she was feeling, and began to think about a different approach. She states MBTI showed her how to approach him. i would say it allowed her to try a new “channel” to think about her own part in the equation.

Think/Feel are embedded in every process. A person is wise to apply them as the situation dictates, not according to gender, certainly, or according to a pre-conceived notion of themselves. A person is wise who allows their reflection of self and the situation to determine the action. And even then, to allow themselves the gift of human frailty and failure, on occasion.

You can find me on Facebook – at my fancy new vanity url or on the Personality + Business Facebook page If you do wander that way please tell us all about you and how type plays out for you in the discussion section.

I also twitter about MBTI and leadership @sandymcmullen and about art and local Toronto items
@artistsandy. Tweet me!!!

In a “not yet published” video with my ENFP daughter she gave one secret to ENFP’s – talk to us – she said it in a bolder way that but you will have to stay tuned to catch exactly what she said.

In the meantime —- talk to me.

Category : Social Media | Blog

I was surprised to visit the Personality Plus in Business facebook page to see a new look. It was like coming home and having all the furniture rearranged by a gremlin or fairy. That was the momentary bad news – the good news is that when things change abruptly you get a chance to have fresh eyes. It was like looking at the sofa and seeing just how faded it had become in the south facing exposure.

Basically I decided to make the most of the new decor and fluff the pillows, so to speak, on my “info” page. What I realized while doing this is that when I talk to people one on one about the MBTI and my book “Inner Landscpaes II”, I typically talk about why I am doing what I do. I tell them the story behind making paintings of the MBTI.

I am not sure that I make that story clear when I am writing. Just this week I was talking to Tara Chapman at the Kingbridge Conference Centre and Institute situated just north of Toronto (in the beautiful rolling hills of King township) about interactive learning environments. As I told her my story as an illustration of interconnectivity, I realized just how unique my approach has been.

Assessment tools like the MBTI and Enneagram have contributed so much to my own personal development that it seems natural for me to want to pass that benefit on to others. What I realized through conversation with people in various business contexts is that many people (who aren’t self development junkies in the same way that I am) often are somewhat interested in personality typologies, but that after the first glimpses of understaning they move on and quickly forget such things as their MBTI type. “I know I did something similar to that once but I can’t remember the name. I know I have the report somewhere in my files.” “Arrrrrrgh” that kind of response is painful to someone passionate about leadership development and I want to DO something memorable.

I had the idea to do an art show of paintings based on the Myers Briggs that was informed and inspired by people who knew their type. I had a pretty good idea that it would be successful becuae I had previously had a similar show of paintings that depicted the Reiss Desire Profile as part of the activites during “Coaching Awareness” month sponsered by the GTA ICF chapter in Toronto. People can charge through 30 paintings in a gallery in 3 minutes flat – nod and walk out. Imagine my delight when gallery visitors took off their coats and stayed for half an hour or more arguing and laughing as they explored the different aspects of the Reiss paintings.

During the preparation for doing the paintings, I had people come into the gallery after hours to explore themes that were related to their MBTI preferences through art based activities. Their sketches and paintings provided insight into how they were “experiencing” a particular situation. One example that stands out is a sketch that a person with a preference for Introversion did that shows her retreating to an inner sanctum with a series of barriers in a maze that keeps her IN and others OUT.

After I completed a series of 33 paintings to represent the preference pairs, the 16 types and some of the Step 2 distinctions I mounted a show at the RedEye Gallery in Toronto’s Historic Distillery District. During the show itself people went through a process using the images and verbal desrciptions in order to self select between the different painting pairs in order. Once they had worked through the four pairs of preference paintings they had a possible type code. They then moved on to a wall of 16 paintings – one for each type. They could see if the type description matched their sense of what they knew to be true.

Again through this process, the gallery rang with discussion and debate. Many people stayed to use the art materials on display to add their images to the whole experience. It was so alive that one woman turn to me and exclaimed “Sandy – this is theatre.”

The story does not end there, the painting of the solitary figure now graces a wall in a psychotherapist’s office where clients often comment on how it captures something for them. It isn’t about the accuracy of the image it is more that it invokes a further exploration of a spark that the painting ignited. The meaning that comes out of that conversational investigation is where the real value lies.

I thought that this experience was too rich to end when the show came down and that inspired me to create a book and related materials such as a powerpoint presentation. A mini version of the Inner Landscapes II show was featured at the MBTI conference sponsered by Psychometrics in Ottawa this Fall.

Which brings me back to today and, for me, the story continues as people engage and contribute their perspectives about the MBTI here on my blog, on twitter, and on my Facebook page . It is becoming a valuable learning opportunity for me personally as I am challenged to dig deeper into this subject matter. If I had a magic wand, I would like my work to contribute to an ongoing learning community where I can continue to grow and be inspired.

With that end in mind I have fluffed the pillows and put on a pot of tea to invite you ro stop by my Facebook page and share somthing of your self. If you have a moment to spare please share your MBTI related insights, pictures, videos, and/or some personal info as well such as your twitter or LinkedIn contact info.

The more I know about you and what interests you the better I will be able to direct what I write about the MBTI. But most of all by sharing knowledge and wisdom we can all learn from each other.

Category : Social Media | Blog

Before I tell you why I love blogging, I want to tell you a little story. My husband used to sing Barbershop. Barbershop singers are acapella groups that sing in four part harmony and they like to compete in lots of competitions…local regional, national, and international. These guys LOVE to sing – in fact they never stop…even if you ask them very politely. Any four or more of them will start into a rendition of their favourite song at the slightest eye contact whether it’s in an elevator, a hall, or in a donut shop.

I have the same passion for personal development. I love to talk to people about who they are, what they are doing, and how they are using their gifts and talents in their work. At cocktail parties I almost can’t do small talk. I don’t want to talk about hair care products, where you shop, where you get your nails done, your golf equipment or your latest bling. I am also aware that this cuts both ways and I watch for signs that people eyes are glazing over if I start talking about my passions.

That’s where blogging enters the picture. I have listened to Patsi Krakoff and Denise Wakeman aka The Blog Squad, talk about how blogging can help you to reach an audience who is actually interested in your knowledge and perspective. It took me a long time before I was ready to dive in. Now I wonder what took me so long.

My blog is a place where I can reflect on the themes and events that are currently impacting my life and work. I am dedicated to on-going learning and passing what’s new, what’s interesting and what’s of value on to others. It is absolutely wonderful to have a vehicle to share my questions and insights in the moment. The best part occurs when a blog post triggers a response from a reader. When people recognize something that they resonate with or disagree with they are often generous in contributing their point of view. Not only do the comments add such value to the original post they also help me to expand my own thinking.

As a coach I believe in the power of conversation, blogging is another vehicle for me to be able to begin a conversation and be wonderfully surprised at who comes to join in. Writing blog posts on a regular basis also challenges me to continually ask myself interesting and valid questions so that I can respond with interesting and valid material. The quality of the questions that we ask ourselves directs and influences the success of our endeavours.

I’m certain that I will think of a dozen other reasons to love blogging, but this exercise was of value to me to reaffirm my commitment to continue to learn and grow through this vehicle. The idea to write about the love of blogging was started on Typepad with a few rules that you can read about here. I was tagged to do this by Boris “You Ezine Coach” Mahovac, who along with Patsi and Denise, are my three blog guardian angels.

In turn I am interested to hear from the following five people to learn more about why they love blogging. I would like to be a bit transparent here in saying that I am not drawn to tagging people to do anything, so I would like to pose this request in the form of an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on why blogging is important activity. I hope that each of the people below welcome the opportunity to share more of their story.

Laura McGrath is a colleague and a woman with a thoughtful and well considered point of view and “Man” can she write!

CJ Fitzsimons refers to himself as a “Leadership Sculptor”. He generously shares best practices in his leadership development work.

Mickey Baxter Spade is a talented artist who invites people into a world of beauty. She shares not only her beautiful art but who she is as a creative person.

Marcie Haley has a very unique niche that serves several end goals. Her blog helps people travel in a earth conscious and economical way.

Mary Bennett is somewhat of a “soul sister.” She understands leadership from the inside out and has a passion for adding creativity to the mix.

Category : Social Media | Blog

Patsi Krakoff and Denise Wakeman of the Blog Squad just sent me a treasure by snail mail. It is a book called “Twitter Revolution” by Deb Micek and Warren Whitlock. While I am not quite ready to tackle Twitter one piece of wisdom leapt off the pages of this book. It was one of those blinding flashes of the obvious. Deb and Warren point out that Social Media allows those with a preference for Introversion to reveal themselves after they have had a period of time to reflect on what and how they want to present themselves.

They go on to say that you can tell the Introverts from the Extraverts by their style. On Twitter Extraverts are comfortable with mis-spellings galore and little attention to details. Introverts will take the time to review and correct before they post.

This has implications for using Social Media as a business building tool. Consider your client or colleagues. If they are in a field where precise language and proper business etiquette is a high priority, it is important to reflect this in the attention you pay when using any Social Media. For those of us who have a preference for Extraversion, this might mean taking a page from our Introverted Brothers and sisters and slowing down to reflect before posting.

Category : Social Media | Blog