Hi, my name is Dave Wood and I created the TypeFocus program. A while back I was the Director of Training in a hospital but was not happy and did not know why. I found myself wondering "What's wrong with me?"
I took a personality test and my confusion disappeared. I discovered that I like to help others in creative ways rather than focus on hospital procedures. I knew this was true and it was like a lightbulb went on: it wasn't me or the job; it was the lack of fit
between who I am and what the job demanded.
I had the personality of a counselor in a job that needed an administrator; so I quit.
I started a company offering management training and consulting and began to facilitate hundreds of management workshops using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. Managers who discovered their personality preferences blossomed just as I had. They began to understand why they and their employees acted like they did and how to lead in a way that honored everyone's strengths and preferences. Many told me they wished they had this knowledge long before because it would have saved them so much trouble.
I wanted to create a program that would bring the benefit of self awareness into a broader audience than those in my management and leadership training courses. Because I was trained in psychometrics and had read Carl Jung, who wrote the book that the MBTI® is based on, I created my own personality type questionnaire.
It was not easy and it took me six years to develop the first version! It was worth the effort because it was well received by professional career counselors who were trained in personality type applications. This version came out in 1997 and two years later I revamped the questionnaire to be even more accurate.
Things never stand still and the MBTI® was also being revamped from Form G to Form M. To keep the quality of the TypeFocus® Type Indicator as high as possible I wanted to redo our questionnaire to this new standard. So, in 2009 I asked our clients (career centers in high schools, colleges, universities and community offices like OneStops) to help me update my instrument. With their help I was able to distribute over 1000 Form M MBTI® instruments along with an equal number of the new TypeFocus® questionnaires. This gave me an excellent sample size and allowed me to state with scientific certainty that the TypeFocus® and Myers-Briggs® instruments are measuring the same concepts.
TypeFocus® was created to help people understand themselves better by discovering their personality type and knowing what that means to them. While the TypeFocus® questionnaire is not the MBTI®, the results it creates in the familiar four-letter type (e.g., ISTJ, ISTP, ESTP, ESTJ, ISFJ, ISFP, ESFP, ESFJ, INFJ, INFP, ENFP, ENFJ, INTJ, INTP, ENTP, ENTJ) are psychometrically sound and correlate extremely well to the MBTI® results.
I have increased the scope of the TypeFocus reports to now include four main areas:
- Satisfying Careers - find the career that fits your personality type so you work with your strengths and not against them like I once did
- Rewarding relationships - use your knowledge of personality types to discover how to celebrate differences and avoid personality clashes
- Effective Leadership - discover and use your natural leadership style to build teams that work to each other's strengths - increase your management and leadership skills through management and leadership training
- Work/Life Balance - understand yourself through personality insights and you can lose weight effectively and overcome stress in the workplace
Each of these areas will be explained in more detail in the other sections of this site. If you choose to register into the TypeFocus program you will start on a wonderful journey of self awareness and discovery. I wish you all the best.
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