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Cinven is an international private equity firm, based in London. A vibrant group of Executive Assistants gathered for a Team Away Day to further develop their self-awareness and build cohesion. In using Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) they recognised their impact on the business. Firstly they wanted to develop their responsiveness to the business. Secondly they wanted to communicate better with the diverse personalities and leadership community in the firm.
The day was carefully designed and facilitated – using both informative and experiential self-awareness sessions. They immersed themselves in the world of MBTI Personality Type. The group explored the preferences that inform how we perceive the world around us and how we interact with it. Both theory and discussion, helped the team learn quickly.
When we are self aware, we understand the impact we have on others. This results in more collaboration and less tension. Becoming more conscious of the MBTI personality preferences helps us to identify how others process information, communicate or make decisions. It is then more possible to adapt our behaviour or communication style without needing to change the core of who we are.
“We already enjoy a collaborative and harmonious culture, however we saw an opportunity to learn and go deeper”. Secondly we are incredibly capable and we naturally look outward to solve our challenges. We needed to focus more on anticipating needs and problem-solving for the business. Making space to reflect constructively on what we can do to better resulted in us using our diversity more. Strengths are so important for our continued growth.”
The group Away Day using MBTI gave the group an understanding of personality type and a greater awareness of how to overcome difficulties when differences arise. The aim was to build on the cohesion of the team. The experience brought clarity of strengths and weaknesses and deepened knowledge and trust of each other as members of the PA team. With continued self-awareness and the practice of flexing to different styles, the day continues to work as the group becomes more responsive and maximises the strength of its diversity.