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Personality, Careers and Stretch
- you can provide a different type of contribution to others in the same field
- you find the challenge of being 'stretched' rewarding
- doing a job that closely suits your preferences may not provide enough personal development for you
- working outside your preferences may encourage greater creativity from you
- teams often perform better with a mix of people/perspectives, and you may be able to fill a niche that others do not fill
Stretch within or across preferencesThe table, right, leads to pages with some job ideas for the different personality types (i.e.: with different types of preferences). If you want to be stretched in your career, then there are two types of stretch. You can be stretched 'within your preferences', where there is a challenge to your natural strengths, or to be stretched 'across preferences', where there is a challenge your natural weaknesses. For example:
- someone with Sensing preferences likes to achieve clear goals
- therefore, if you prefer Sensing, to be stretched 'within your preferences' is to be given more difficult goals that require you to work harder to achieve them
- to be stretched 'across preferences', however, is to be given a responsibility that requires a more intuitive approach, e.g.: a task that has:
- unknown outcomes, pursuing possibilities yet to be discovered;
- a vague brief, eg: "the job is what you make of it"
- new, untried responsibilities using unknown or unproven techniques