You Might Be Surprised: Intuitors Acting Like Sensors – Part I

by Ron Potter

You Might Be Suprised

Sally runs a division of a company in a highly technical industry.  At her disposal is a team and technology that can dig into any question and come up with reams of data to support the analysis.  Sally with collect this data, cross-reference it, put as much of it into spreadsheets and data base systems that would blow your mind.  At her fingertips she can go deeper and deeper into any question or issue until she reaches the base level of data and facts that support the whole structure.

When her people approach Sally they know where the question is going to head:

  • Where’s the data on this issue?
  • To what level of depth have you uncovered?
  • How recent is the data?
  • Have we gathered it from more sources than just our own?

And on and on.  Sally wants to be sure that we have all of the data that’s available to us as we search for answers and directions.

Once Sally feels that she has all the data to be had, she’ll spend hours poring over the spreadsheets of data looking for the insight and understand that she needs to present her finding to the leadership team.  She really wants to make sure they “get it” based on the facts.

What do you think?  Is Sally as “Sensing” or an “Intuitive” type?

Myers-Briggs gives us some quick sketches for each type:

  • Sensing
    • Like to present the details of their work first
    • Seldom make errors of fact
    • Like using experience and standard ways to solve problems
  • Intuition
    • Like to present an overview of their work first
    • May make errors of fact
    • Like solving new complex problems

So, what do you think?  Sensing or Intuition?

In our next Myers-Briggs based blog we’ll continue the story of Sally the data miner.  Please join us.  You might be surprised.

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