The other day a version of the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator made its way around our office, for no reason other than it was a novelty. Our very own Bookworm kicked off the test-taking, which then went to my business partner, which then came to me. With each hand-off was the directive “take the test and tell me what you get”.
I dutifully took the test, because with nearly 20 years working together, I’ve learned when my partner gets a bee in her bonnet (those who know her can add your own translation), I drop everything and do what she says.
I got INTJ – Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging. No surprise. I’ve taken this test before, with the result always the same. I dutifully shared my results, and to my surprise learned that my personality type is a rare breed – only .8% of the female population shares this personality.
The glow of my specialness dimmed when my partner revealed that not only was she an INTJ, but so was our very own Bookworm.
Three INTJs working together, the rarest of rare? How can that be?
I decided to look into this further. In one, very unscientific, and most likely made up internet article, I learned that INTJs get along best with other INTJs. Okay, this was starting to make sense.
Being an INTJ, I thought about how we can best use this to our business advantage and decided to look up famous INTJs in business. Lucky for us, Mark Zuckerberg was on the list. Actually, when I thought more about Mark, I realized that he and I share not just our personality, but a whole host of other experiences in common. It’s fairly creepy, actually.
For the record, only 2% of the total population are INTJs, so already, Mark and I are in a fairly tight little circle. But add in things I’ve learned about Mark from the too-often-trusted news source Wikipedia:
- We both learned a different language as adults.
- We both lived in the same 3 states (MA, NY, CA)
- We both moved to CA after college
- We both were playing around with computers at very young ages
- We both have visions of changing the world
- We both created platforms to interact with others online
- We both have a Z in our last name (okay, mine is in my maiden name).
There was a time when I would be absolutely driven to calculate the percent of the population that would be in our tight knit circle of likeness, just to prove my point. But years of helping my children with Common Core Math leaves me satisfied knowing that the probability of anyone else sharing these traits and experiences is “most likely to be false”.
I’m not altogether sure how this elite circle of closeness that Mark and I share, without ever meeting – or even likely to meet – will help us out in our business. Although, I will certainly ponder this new found insight to see if there is some way to use it towards a strategic advantage.
If you haven’t taken the test there are many online versions such as the one found on 16 Personalities Website here. If you are one of the lucky INTJ’s I invite you to meet with us in our digital workplace, Flipside Workspace, to share your thoughts with us.