Sensors and Intuitives need to understand the differences in the ways they process information to work together in harmony.
The second set of letters in the four letter MBTI or Myers Briggs Type Indicator identifies whether you are a sensor or an intuitive when you process information.
A sensor is someone who is very detail oriented. Sensors see minor flaws as major flaws. Sensors notice the fine details when asked to describe something. Sensors prefer practical solutions to theories and call themselves realists. Sensors live in the present. If sensors are looking for solutions to problems they will put more value in experience over a hunch. Sensors excel when asked to use tried and true methods that uses their existing skill set.
Intuitives are big picture thinkers. Intuitives look to the future and can see all the possibilities. Intuitives dream big. Intuitives are the idea people and admire others who are creative thinkers. Intuitives notice what is new and different and comment on the overall feel and look of things. Intuitives are the inventors – they can see how problems can be solved with a new invention or process. Intuitives consider the future when they process information. Intuitives trust their gut. Intuitives like to spend time analyzing and considering the possibilities.
SENSORS AND INTUITIVES WORKING TOGETHER
Process, Procedures and Work Flow Design
When determining processes and procedures, Sensors concentrate on the fine details and practical solutions, whereas intuitives can predict the outcomes and see how the process or procedure will affect the big picture. Conflict can come in the form of priority and focus if the intuitives fail to see the details and the sensors fail to understand the big picture. Appreciate that both the big picture and the details need to be looked at when determining best practices with process, procedures or work flow design.
Intuitives come alive when asked to help strategically plan the future of the business. Sensors would rather get their work done or if they do participate, focus on bringing things back to reality and insist that certain new initiatives won’t work as they base it on current conditions.
Workspace Design and Tools of the Trade
Sensors need tools that will allow them to keep a logical, practical flow to their work. Their workstations need to consider work flow. Create a triangle with desk space, filling cabinets and storage, and their computer. Intuitives need white boards and other planning tools. They like space and the freedom to invent tools. Intuitives like to see a year at a glance or at least the next few months. They will choose weekly or monthly planners as opposed to sensors who prefer daily planners.