- Database of practice
- Understanding yourself and your preferences in life through MBTI
Understanding yourself and your preferences in life through MBTI
- University of Durham
- Yorkshire and North East
- Date first submitted:
- 27 Oct 2008
- Date last modified:
- 24 Mar 2011
- Relationship to RDF:
- Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities
- Domain B: Personal effectiveness
- Personal Qualities
- Professional and career development
- Domain C: Research governance and organisation
- Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact
- Working with others
- Career development
- Postgraduate researchers
- Research staff
Impact Level 2: Learning
Improved self-awareness and acceptance of own worth
Impact Level 3: Behaviour
There have been several examples of trainees who have used Ketso in their researcher training, who have gone on to use the kit to engage community menbers and stakehodlers in their future work. They have changed their behaviour to incorpaote new skills of engagement. An example follows: Eben le Roux experienced Ketso in his PhD training. I used the Ketso facilitation tool in my research with local government practitioners in a South African local government in the timeframe - November 2006 to December 2007. I found the technique to be very helpful as an aid in facilitating workshops and gathering data, and participants also had a very positive response. In other words, it made me (and what I represented - namely the research) look good, worked effectively for the purposes of data capturing and for facilitating reflective dialogue amongst participants, which made participants feel good about the effort they put in. Dr. Eben le Roux, Centre for Responsible Leadership, University of Pretoria
Impact Level 4: Outcomes
This can lead to better relationships e.g. with other members of the research team or supervisor as well as helping researcher to choose a career suited to them where they are likely to excel.
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
This session allows researchers to step away from their daily life and reflect upon what they want from their life. This can improve their understanding of the behviour of others as well as their own motivations
This is an excellent basis for any reflective practice as well as networking inside and outwith the university
By the end of this session participants will:-
- Have a definition of their own MBTI personality type
- Have a clear understanding of what this definition means Understand why you feel more comfortable in some situations and stressed in others
- Have an insight into the type of employment and work roles that suit their own preferences
- Know how to further explore MBTI type dynamics should they wish to
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
Ideally about 20 participants but a minimum of 6 still works
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
Participants feel more confident about their own value and become more tolerant of the different preferences displayed by those they come into contact with.
Some researchers can be sceptial about the rational behind the indicator - useful to cover the background and psychology research that backs up this tool.