Friday, December 21, 2007

Sensing vs. Intuition Activities for Trainers

Sensing-INtuition (S-N) (style of gathering data)
distinguishes a predisposition for gathering data directly through the senses as facts, details, and precedents (Sensing) versus indirectly as relationships, patterns, and possibilities (Intuition).

1. Have the S's and N's look at an abstract painting for a few seconds, take the painting away, then have the separate groups describe the painting.
2. Give each group an apple and ask them to describe it. If you give them enough time the Sensors will have totally eaten the apple and perhaps demolished the core, while the Intuitives will return the apple to you in the same shape you gave it to them. Their descriptions also totally show the differences.
3. I give each group a clear glass containing M&Ms candies. The task is to describe (chart) what they see in the glass. Typically the S's get real sensory and eat the candy, but not until they count the 8 reds, 4 blues, etc. The N's nurses from that same group I mentioned above described M&M's as PMS food. I typically don't get that many sexual references.
4. Describe the meeting room.
5. Find as many uses as possible for a common item (a brick, perhaps).
6. Ask each group to do two different activities: for example, describe the meeting room and describe an ideal meeting room. Compare how they've done the two tasks and ask each group which task was the easiest for them.
7. I take them out into a hallway and have them describe the room we've been in. (S preferences tend to point out the details of the room, N preferences tend to not know the details but come up with some potential ways the room could be used or improved.)
8. Describe an object, in a group breakout format. I usually use a piece of fruit, or a simple drawing which could be described quite literally, or interpreted abstractly.
9. Describing an object, like a marker or a lipstick.
10. An MBTI-wine tasting. I bet the S's would be able to detect the flavors, be making notes about the vintage, calcuating case prices, etc. The N's would be recalling the wine they had when....or thinking about serving it with...
11. Dump a bag of contents out onto a table for about 15 seconds, then scoop them back into the bag and have the groups write down what they saw.
12. Have them describe something abstract like "TIME" or even better, have them look out the window (if you're fortunate enough to be working in a room that has one) and describe the scene. You could also ask them to describe the room they're working in. I think with a larger thing to look at you really get to see the difference between the detailed view of the S's and the broader view of the N's - the S's may say, "there are 3 trees - two oaks and a pine - and a blue house with white trim." The N's might say, "it's a windy day, since the trees are swaying, but looks like it would be a nice day to take a walk. I've always wondered who lives in that house?" I do these simultaneously, having each group write notes on the flipchart to share with the others.
13. I give them something and ask them to write the first things that come to mind. I might use valentine hearts (the ones with saying on them) or candy canes, or candy corn or something that will elicit some memories for Ns.
14. Buy one of these plastic Lego/ building blocks set (one for each group) and ask like types to build something (a factory, entertainment/training center or the like - something unfamiliar to everyone). It's fun and you might notice the S's reading the instructions in the box while Ns go wild with their ideas.
15. You might try having them give directions from the nearest mall, grocery store, movie theater, etc. to their house. Then you can debrief by having them discuss the communication styles associated with each type.
Watch for:
· Use of landmarks (spatial).
· Use of street names (verbal)
· Use of North, South, East, and West along with mileage
· (geographical)
· A blend of the above

1 comment:

Andi Roberts said...

Thanks for sharing these ideas.
I am delivering an MBTI wokship next week and so was scouting for ideas and saw some great variations on themes that I could use for the session.