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August 23, 2007


Michael Moore


This is a very clever and funny post, but it also raises a good point about the role and use of personality assessments by an organization. I was wondering what your take is on when and how companies should us personality assessments.


Michael -

WOW - that's a tough question. I, like you, am somewhere in the middle ground between "must have" and "hocus pocus" depending on the day and the instrument being used.

For example, I like some personality assessments to flesh out the basic drive necessary for sales and customer service roles. I also like the Myers-Briggs, but only for team building purposes, which is clearly post hire and more about awareness of differences.

Bottom line for me is I would cringe to make an assessment a yes/no when it comes to hiring. Part of the mix, yes, but the validity questions scare me too much to make it the driver of the whole process. Once employees are in the door, I think you can use them for developmental purposes, but you have to be careful not to overuse and get in the employee's head as a result.

Thanks for the comment, keep them coming!

David Morrison

Ross Douthat would agree with your assessment of Bourne's MBTI type. Here's his description of Matt Damon's portrayal of the character in a film review he wrote for the August 27, 2007 issue of National Review:

"Damon himself is stripped-down and deadly as a bullet, returning yet again to the watchful underacting that's central to the character's appeal. He plays Bourne as a monk of war, with a purity that distinguishes him from the ordinary run of action heroes. There are no Austrian accents, bulging muscles, or catchy quips; there are only the bursts of violence, and the tense, coiled, quiet moments in between.

"It's this lethal-seeming stillness that makes the Bourne movies so riveting, in the end. We don't know what he's going to do next, but we know we want to watch."

Jim Petroff

He is not an ISFP. He is an ENTJ "field general," just like Sean Connery and James Bond 007. Note that one of the careers for an ENTJ, aside from being an executive or trial lawyer, is "CIA agent."

Simply put, he an extroverted conceptualizer who rationally makes quike decisions with mastery. He is ENTJ all the way. He is Superman and he knows it. And eventually, everyone else will learn that too.

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