Book Review: Type Talk at Work
There’s something both eerie and comforting about seeing in print a situation you’ve lived out. Type Talk at Work by Otto Kroeger did that for me repeatedly. Its insights are spot on. Using the lens of the MBTI® Preference Types, it explains the core differences between personalities and where friction is likely to arise in the workplace. I both laughed and groaned aloud at its accuracy as I replayed my own interactions in my head.
I recommend the book if you’re new to understanding the 16 MBTI® Preference Types or if you want to better understand workplace dynamics in general. It’s important to consult the book in a neutral state of mind. The goal should not be to point out the weaknesses of others or to justify how you were “right” in a particular situation. Instead the goal should be to increase awareness of your style, the styles of your coworkers, and how they interact.
Reflect on these points yourself, grab a buddy, discuss your answers with a trusted advisor, or tackle these as a book club.
- Which of the 16 preference types resonates most with you?
- Name a responsibility in your current job that is made more difficult by your preference type. How can the responsibility be adjusted to align better with your preference type?
- Describe a part of the book that gave you an “Aha!” moment.
- Did that insight make you feel validated or humbled?
- What workplace scenario described in the book struck a chord with you?
- Thinking about that scenario, did you gain insight into your own actions or someone else’s?
- What’s something you would do differently in that same scenario if you could redo it?
- Even though the focus of the book is workplace scenarios, did any insights carry over to other parts of your life?