I used The Type Trilogy Three Type lens materials with a group last week and it worked better than imagined. I was able to verify their best-fit types in less time than planned and it seems like they had a better understanding of their whole types than when I’ve used either Temperament or Interaction Styles individually and especially when I’ve used the “4 dichotomies/8 preferences” approach.
LOVE USING THIS APPROACH!!! This has really shifted my focus as a trainer and type user from bringing people through the traditional exercises toward a whole type approach.
Thank you Susan and Sue!
Markey Read ENFJ (Careers Consultant and Professional Development Trainer)
In 2015 I had the good fortune to attend a training by Sue on a second resource The Type Trilogy card set and immediately saw how they would be a valued resource in workshops I run. Communication is a key competency and the cards are used as part of interactive small group work looking at Interaction Styles. They are the basis of the workshop. The cards have been so valuable to me as a resource that I have invested in multiple packs. Sue supports her resource with a generosity of spirit that is uncommon and highly appreciated. Her support has included creative ideas around card use and encouragement. I value Sue as a trainer and resource developer.
Jude Ebbett INFJ (Career and Development Adviser – BOP Clinical School NZ)
The MBTI® practitioners toolbox expanded exponentially with the introduction of “The Type Trilogy” by Susan Nash and Sue Blair. They put the power of verifying Type quite literally into the hands of the client by creating a tool that honors all learning styles: they read, they touch, we talk. With thoughtfully designed symbols, clear and concise descriptions, and coated, durable cards, “The Type Trilogy” stimulates robust dialog around why we do what we do, how we do what we do, and what thought processes are being used to get it all done.
“The Type Trilogy” elevates the conversation about MBTI® preferences (which is navigated quite simply with Sue Blair’s companion tool, “Personality Puzzle”) to the deepest levels of Personality Type. Armed with a dry-erase marker, clients can circle, underline, and connect words, pictures, and phrases in a way that helps them truly own the outcome. As a practitioner, you already know that when a client can clearly see the intersection of their own Temperament, Cognitive Functions, and Interaction Style, they can show up even more effectively in relationships at work and at home. This tool will help you get clients there faster.
I’ve used the tool with executives, as well as with older teens, and the outcome is the same: deeper understanding about one’s self and how a commitment to “being that way” can help us or hinder us. It’s really quite exciting to have a client read a card and hold it up saying: “This is me! This is really me! Now, show me how to use this better!” The simple elegance of the tool helps the client to come up with their own best answer about best-fit Type and read their MBTI® Interpretive Report with deeper understanding.
And don’t think that senior executives are immune to “playing with cards”! I’ve had a CEO and HR VP spread the cards out across the Board room table and compare their preferred cognitive functions and interaction style side-by-side. They numbered the order of their functions with a dry-erase marker and predicted how much time they spent using each function. How fascinating to watch them figure out on their own that certain functions were getting very little “brain time” and as a result, they were triggering the other person! The subtle differences between one’s introverted use and the other’s extraverted use of a function helped them walk away with a shift from aggravation to appreciation. They now recognize each other as role models for the best use of certain functions and are extending that honor to others on their leadership team who are different than they are. They are learning to let go of their own discomfort with less developed functions and are trusting and leaning on each other to cover their blind spots.
I can accomplish so much more in the limited time that I have with busy executives by using these cards. The Type Trilogy helps me get clients to a place where Type “sticks” and gets used after I walk out the door.
Bottom line: S2 + T3 = win win. Buy it now.
Natalie Shelpuk INFP (Executive Coach)