What do we mean by ‘Temperament”?
“There are two sides to personality, one of which is temperament and the other character. Temperament is a configuration of inclinations, whilst character is a configuration of habits. Character is disposition, temperament pre-disposition” (David Keirsey)
Dr Keirsey was so fascinated with what made people do as they did that he made it his life’s work. In overview, what he says is that; at our core, we have some built-in attributes that life experience moderates to produce our character. And while our experience continues to build day by day, our core remains the same.
Temperament theory, as researched and validated by Keirsey, assigns meaningful descriptions to each of 4 groups based on 2 easily observed different factors. Watch the video below to learn more.
I'm a "certified Temperament Professional" - which means that I'm one of the few people in the UK able to use the Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS-II) to generate team as well as individual profiles.
While the KTS-II provides great value to individuals in self-understanding, the real value of the KTS-II tool is when it is used to profile a whole team, including the leader.
Using a Temperament map ª and understanding your teams mission we can do a gap analysis between the relative strengths that you have and you require. Often we find that a team is missing a core strength that can be provided by drawing on the team members skills in a different way, or sourcing it from elsewhere in your organisation
You can find out your Temperament at www.keirsey.com for free, or get in touch now.
I had the pleasure of working with Jonathan recently whilst co facilitating a leadership development course. Jonathan is blessed with a highly creative, imaginative and energetic style. Whilst working with Jonathan I observed him use both theory and practice well when working with clients, I also observed that Jonathan has a natural coaching nature which commands strong rapport by those who work with him. I would recommend Jonathan to future clients.
Jonathan was engaged to work with my senior leadership team of 12 people over the course of twelve months. I found him very knowledgeable and attentive, listening carefully to what we were seeking to achieve, but contributing his own ideas too. He carefully involved me in the planning of a series of workshops which he delivered professionally and flexibly. Colleagues in the team really valued his input and approach which added value to the team.
Really helpful workshop - thank-you ! The team will be empowered to understand the needs of our clients better and therefore develop and improve our service.
It has been a game changer for us as a team. There have been times when things have gone wrong and we haven't been quite sure why. The workshop helped to identify those things and has given us the tools to fix them. It has made us much better at celebrating our differences rather than being tripped up by them. My main take-away is that with trust you can push through just about any challenge together - and it was especially helpful to identify the things that build trust and the things that break them.
Jonathan quickly understood the issues and worked effectively with me towards finding the answers. Money very well spent by me to address important business challenges. Will use him again for my own work in the future. Book him now before it is too late !!
Jonathan came recommended to me and from my first contact I could see why. He took the time to listen and understand what we were trying to achieve, before making some useful suggestions, from overall vision and structure, to the finer details of the away-day, to ensure everything went smoothly. The tools and techniques Jonathan employed, together with his positive personal manner, kept the session involving very senior staff on track, and productive. I expect we will engage Jonathan again in the future and I've already recommended him to my colleagues.
Having used various similar systems such as Myers Briggs in the past with interesting but not wildly helpful results, we were really delighted with the detail, accuracy and valuable insight that you and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter brought to our working relationship. We had been struggling in our team to work as powerfully together as we knew we were really capable of, because there were some quite fundamental aspects to our styles that we needed to understand, consider and accommodate. Knowing the results and having your brilliant guidance and suggestions through the process has made us profoundly more effective and created a much happier office environment.
An excellent insight into the behaviour traits of my team and why. Prior to the meeting, I thought it would be a waste of my time !
I would have no problem recommending Jonathan. He is a pleasure to work with as: he’s quick to learn and question; tailors his approach to each specific situation; helped to guide my decision making from initial idea generation through to action; delivered exceptional workshops, which are enjoyable, inclusive, fair and at the necessary times direct; and, has helped me to achieve way beyond what I thought was possible from group exercises. Highly highly recommended.
I was very pleased with this event, and think it went very well. Jonathan did a good job facilitating, there was lots of positive discussion and energy and a perhaps surprisingly high degree of agreement on the overall vision! Thanks very much for all your work organising this, and for the careful planning which made it such a success.
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