Moving Beyond Myers Briggs & DISC

A New Kind of Conscious Leadership in the Workplace

bigstock Headhunting 49650211 300x224 Moving Beyond Myers Briggs & DISCIntroduction: For over 30 years I have been on a quest to learn as much about myself and the workplace as possible. The work I have done for myself might be described as a lifelong commitment to attaining some degree of higher consciousness and possibly even moments of enlightenment. For the workplace, the journey might be termed mastering conscious capitalism or creating conscious leadership at work. Along the way I have had the privilege to study with a number of master teachers and people of wisdom. Bringing everything together into a roadmap for the transformation of the workplace, I have designated these bodies of knowledge the Dibble Voices of Wisdom (VOW) at work.

Starting in 1987 and for six years I studied a body of knowledge that we call CharacterTypes (CTypes). CTypes describes how we THINK and process information. We have been using and teaching CTypes for more than 20 years having found it to be a powerful tool indeed for understanding self and others, both at work and at home. CTypes can be proven valid, but I will not try to convince you of anything here. I will say, however, that experience has shown CTypes to be a next and powerful step in personality profiling that takes us far beyond more traditional profiles such as Myers-Briggs and DISC. Also, CTypes requires no costly profiling tests or training and works equally well in the workplace and at home.

Where We Are Today

Probably most of you are familiar to some extent with personality profiling tools in the workplace such as Myers-Briggs and DISC. I have been both a participant and a facilitator of these and other profiling tools in the workplace. Years ago, I had my entire company (200 plus employees) take these profiles and then monitored the results. I found the utility of knowing what category an employee fell into based upon “profile” to be initially helpful but becoming increasingly more limited over time.

In the hustle bustle of busy workdays, for employees at all levels, the productive use of profiles steadily fell through the cracks and eventually was forgotten by most and seldom applied. In essence, the profiling exercise and expense had become my latest “flavor of the month” leadership idea. In my experience, not much changed and, in the end, sustainable change must be the measure of any tool or program, yes?

We have been sitting on CTypes for the workplace for more than 20 years. Why? Because the workplace, in general, was not ready for CTypes. However, as almost any business leader will affirm, times are changing in the workplace—Rapidly! The rapid changes we are experiencing in the workplace has been termed by the great Bucky Fuller as “accelerating acceleration.” Things that used to work well simply no longer work and, in many cases, are actually sources of growing problems “inside the old leadership box.”  CTypes is outside the old box and a next step for Conscious Leaders in understanding self and others both at work and at home.

CTypes - Moving Outside of the Personality Profile Box

Before we meet the CTypes that live in each of us, we must first explore the human mind. The human mind can be said to have four components: the Masculine Mind, the Feminine Mind, the Authoritarian Mind, and the Spiritual Mind. These four parts of the mind determine how human beings process information, interact with our world and ultimately, create the reality that each individual experiences as “life.”

The Masculine Mind (he) is the logical part of the psyche, the part that speaks and “thinks.” The Masculine Mind is associated with the part of the brain called the Cerebral Cortex. He is the part of us that wakes up in the morning. He is also the youngest part of our psyche and the loudest, demanding that he be heard almost all of the time in our waking state. He’s that little voice that is always chattering in our heads. You know, that voice that might be saying right now, “What little voice?” The Masculine Mind is the thinking part of each of us that expresses in words, reason, numbers and logic.

The Feminine Mind (she) is made up of memories and emotions and is associated with the Mammalian Brain.  She’s the part of us thatcontrols emotion and the hormonal system. By applying various levels of emotional energy to thoughts, beliefs and memories, she gives themvalue. She is the intuitive part of us that creates relationship with others, build teams and expresses feelings and emotions.

The Authoritarian Mind is the maker of rules, regulations and boundaries and is associated with the Reptilian Brain. It tells us what is right and wrong. It is territorial, black and white, fight or flight, and sees the world in the cold-blooded, unemotional way that a reptile might. The Authoritarian Mind is established by authority figures, mostly in the early years, by our parents. We might say that the Authoritarian Mind is our domestication by the authority figures in our lives.

The Spiritual Mind is our connection with nature, our planet and the cosmos and is associated with the part of the brain called the Pineal.  The Spiritual Mind regulates our bio-clock and is sensitive to light.  It is the part of the mind that is closest to Inner Wisdom. It is the part of us that connects us to our higher purpose including a higher purpose for work.

Although both men and women have all four aspects of the mind in them, a man’s identity resides more within the Masculine and Authoritarian Minds, while a woman’s identity resides more in the Feminine and Spiritual Minds. These tendencies account for some of the general differences we see between men and women. It also makes clear that the workplace in general is plagued by an imbalanced leadership mind-set that over-values the Masculine and Authoritarian Minds at the expense of the Feminine and Spiritual Minds. This imbalance is responsible for many of the intractable problems faced by unenlightened organizations such as lack of vision, creativity, teamwork, communication, intuition, purpose or meaning for work, value of customers, suppliers or frontline staff, or connection to the planet or community. These things we lack do not exist in the Masculine or Authoritarian Minds where unconscious leaders tend to look. These things exist only in the Feminine and Spiritual Minds, which are suppressed in most workplace cultures.

Each part of the mind has one of 12 CTypes creating tens of thousands of potential CType profiles. Fortunately, for practical purposes, we work only with the CTypes of the Masculine Mind. The Masculine Mind (thinking) is closest to the surface, easiest to work with, and has the potential for most rapid change in the workplace.

CTypes of the Masculine Mind interact with the world one of four ways: Will, Sensation, Discrimination, and Association. A Will CType interacts with his world by creating action. A Sensation CType interacts with his world through the five senses. A DiscriminationCType focuses on something, giving it greater importance than other things in his world. An Association CType selects two or more things and puts them together to create or assemble something new.

CTypes of the Masculine Mind also interact in one of three directions: Inward, looking in at the Feminine Mind; Outward looking out into the outside world; or Bi-directional (both ways), alternately looking in at the Feminine Mind and then looking out at the outside world. Thus, we have three directions multiplied by four ways of interacting with the world totaling twelve CTypes.

Each CType has an opposite alternative (opposite). When a CTypes runs into trouble in life, it is usually because he is doing too much of natural CType. As with any good thing, too much usually creates its own set of problems. The usual strategy for a CTypes having problems is to do more of what is creating the problems. However, when the pain becomes strong enough and previous solutions are ineffective, his effective choice for a new strategy to solve his problems is to move toward his opposite. A CType will only move toward his opposite, and thereby evolve or grow, when the emotional energy of an experience (life) is high enough to act as a catalyst for movement. Thus, it is the emotions, an event with high emotional energy, which usually triggers the move toward the opposite and promotes personal growth. When a CType begins to embrace change, the move to the opposite alternative becomes easier. Once an individual understands his own CType and has practiced the move to his opposite, this practice becomes a powerful tool for accelerating professional and personal growth and addressing problems that can be solved in no other way. Moving to the opposite alternative becomes a success strategy that is highly reliable.

As you read about the twelve CTypes, remember that humans grow by going to their opposite, a shift that can happen only when there is enough emotion in life experience to impel the need to change. Once a CType has moved toward his opposite for a time, the attributes of the opposite are integrated into the attributes of his natural CType and, to grow again, he must move to his opposite once more. With each move toward the opposite, higher levels of understanding are gained and personal/professional growth attained. In other words, there is no end to the growth process. The journey of conscious evolution is ongoing.

Each CType takes his own way of interacting with the world and tends to project it on to other people. Thus, we often have a difficult time understanding why other people think or behave in such strange ways, the unconscious assumption being “everyone else thinks like I do.” This tendency to project the way we see the world on to others can be a pitfall, acting as a major barrier to understanding and relating with other people. However, the reverse is also true. If we can understand and be aware of the tendencies of the various CTypes, we will have a powerful tool for creating deeper understanding of self and others, and a means to develop closer, more loving and satisfying relationships at all levels, both in the workplace and at home. Importantly, we have a reliable methodology for understanding our problems (doing too much of our CType natural) and a reliable strategy for solving the problems (moving to our opposite). For conscious leaders and managers, imagine the power of CType in helping people solve problems and grow professionally and personally in the workplace.

We may want to attach “good” or “bad” labels to the attributes of CTypes. There are no good or bad CTypes. There is only the fact that each CType processes information in the way described. The way a CType processes information creates tendencies in the part of the mind which has that specific CType. These tendencies in the mind result in inclinations that we can look for in thinking and, often, in behavior. While we can make a case that every human being and every CType is better at some things and challenged by others, there is no good or bad or better or worse. Judgments of good or bad live only in the mind, not in CharacterTypes.

Finally, before going into a description of each CType, I want to address the reason we have been sitting on CType for 20 years. Each CType is created in the individual by the date, time, and place of birth and CType correspond to the signs of the Zodiac.  CType is not associated with Astrology but because we’re many times talking about the star signs (Sun signs) of the Western Zodiac, the workplace has been generally unwilling to consider CType as the remarkably powerful tool it is. However, recently there has been an accelerating shift in the attitudes of many leaders in the workplace that appears to create an opening for CType that was not previously there. This is the same shift that is driving the emergence of Conscious Leadership at work and causing the mind of the workplace to begin to balance itself. It is simply an idea whose time has come in the workplace.

Over the years, as a part of our professional transformation work with leaders and managers, I have taught CType to many executives, including CEOs of significant companies. As might be expected, when introduced to CType, many of these executives were quite skeptical. However, inevery case where CType was tested by even the most skeptical, both at work and at home, CType proved its validity. In many cases, CType offered ways of creating understanding and solving problems with spouses, children and peers that could not be addressed in any other way. Most found the use of CType to be not only valuable, but also a great deal of fun.

Dibbleism: We learn the most and do our best work when we are having fun.

For those of you who are in to Astrology, let me share a couple of thoughts. Although I know little about Astrology, my personal belief is that there is a connection between human beings and the planets and stars. Physics tells us as much. The fact that the human body contains a number of elements essential to life that do not exist on Earth, is telling. Most of these essential elements come to Earth from red giant stars (dieing stars) in a never-ending gentle rain of stardust.I have my own beliefs of how these connections work, but I do not discount Astrology either. However, there is one important feature of CType that goes against the little I know of Astrology. There are no cusps with CType nor is a CType influenced by how close his date and time of birth is to the cutoff to another CType.

If you are still with me, let’s take a look at the CTypes that live within.

They are:

CType Natural                                                                     CType Opposite

0.Inward Will –             Virgo                                  Outward Discrimination – Pisces

0.Inward Sensation – Libra                                    Outward Association – Aries

0.Inward Discrimination – Scorpio                      Bi-Directional Will – Taurus

0.Inward Association – Sagittarius                       Bi-Directional Sensation – Gemini

0.Outward Will – Capricorn                                    Bi-Directional Discrimination – Cancer

0.Outward Sensation – Aquarius                           Bi-Directional Association – Leo

0.Outward Discrimination – Pisces                       Inward Will – Virgo

0.Outward Association – Aries                                Inward Sensation – Libra

0.Bi-Directional Will – Taurus                                 Inward Discrimination – Scorpio

0.Bi-Directional Sensation – Gemini                      Inward Association – Sagittarius

0.Bi-Directional Discrimination – Cancer            Outward Will – Capricorn

0.Bi-Directional Association – Leo                          Outward Sensation – Aquarius

Because the description of how each CType thinks and how that thinking might manifest in behavior in the workplace is somewhat lengthy, I am breaking this article into two parts, Part I being the article you have just read. Part II is a 13 page CType Snapshot that describes each CType in more detail. If you are interested to read the free CType Snapshot, simply sign up to receive it via email in PDF format (link to sign up form).

My book, CTypes-Models for Relating and a set of 144 CType specific Leadership Guides for manager/leaders working to grow subordinates or solve problems in the workplace are available at www.ctypes.com and www.daviddibble.com. Also available at www.ctypes.com is my CTypes book for couples and a set 144 CType specific Relationship Guides for deepening relationships between couples at all stages of the relationship. Coming soon will be another set of 144 CType specific Relationship Guides for Teachers, Coaches, Therapists, Counselors, and Consultants in working with students and clients. For those of you who want to go deeper into CTypes, look for our two CTypes trainings: 1.) Introduction to CTypes and 2.) our follow-on CTypes Teacher Training/Certification. Check our Catalog for more information.

Thank you for reading my words. Thank you, thank you, thank you (David’s Relationship Mantra).

With conscious admiration and respect,

David Dibble