Take your personality out of the box.
Raise your hand if you’ve used one of these personality or “type” tests with one or more of your teams at the office: Myers-Briggs, Strengthsfinder, DISC, or Heartstyles. Raise your hand again if you haven’t taken one of these big brand tests, but have definitely spent some time with your work team trying to better understand each other’s working styles and personal communication preferences.
The popularity of tests like the Myers-Briggs, which has been in use for nearly 60 years, underscores the need for teams to understand each other’s character to work well together. However, there’s also a school of thought that questions the actual utility of tests like these.
One challenge, particularly to the validity of the Myers Briggs tool is that boxing yourself into a certain personality type or communication style is very confining. As one expert points out, “The strength [of MBTI] is that people find it fascinating. The weakness is that it’s limiting. Once people find out their type, they take it as a ‘badge that they stamp on their forehead and use as an identity marker…’” Once you learn your personality type, it’s easy to write off growth opportunities as being outside your type’s capabilities, and you pass up the chance to challenge yourself to great heights.
Companies that try to hire for a particular MBTI type do little to add diversity of thought or opinion to their workforce. Moreover, knowing a candidate prefers thinking to feeling tells you little about how reliable they are or whether they can bring new ideas to the table.
So, if your team’s goals are to communicate better and understand each other’s workstyles, as well as the talents of your new recruits, we at BULLIT think it’s time for a new system. That’s why we created our platform, which lets you understand how your coworkers and clients achieve success. There are some qualities that will always be valued, whether you’re a professional in 1960 or 2016. But, for the first time, we’re putting all those qualities in one place: your BULLIT profile, which is under your control.
Once you join, BULLIT helps you highlight your best skills so your profile can speak to what it’s like to work with you. It’s more specific than the general categories of how you interact with others. That’s because your profile is built off feedback based on real-world experience — including your references, people who have asked to help you land a future job. These people can stand up for you and give insight into what you’re like as a human vs. just another acronym. And where MBTI puts you into a box without taking to account your input, BULLIT enables you to join the conversation and respond to feedback. Your voice matters in the discussion of your performance. Now you can let it be heard.
If you’re ready for something new, head over to BULLIT.me to sign up for updates as we get closer to our launch! And for more on why workplace personality tests aren’t very fair, check out this analysis in the Wall Street Journal.