Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for forecasters

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Have you taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment?  It is a psychological test wherefrom you are classified on Extraversion vs. Introversion, Sensing vs. Intuition, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving.  I, along with roughly 15% of the population, come out an ISTJ or "Guardian Inspector" (the single largest group among the 2^4 = 16 possible classifications).  Apparently this is where all the curmudgeons come from.

What I found most curious was a table of "Famous Examples by Psychological Type" handed out by my examiner.  It placed various historical figures into their Myers-Briggs category (e.g. Benjamin Franklin and Walt Disney were ENTP or "Rational Inventor," and Wolfgang Mozart and Stephen Spielberg were ISFP or "Artisan Composer").  I thought this was more than a little strange, since Benjamin Franklin and Wolfgang Mozart died long before the Myers-Briggs assessment was invented.

I became further suspicious by several of the other classifications of famous people, notably Princess Di, Albert Schweitzer, and Richard Gere all falling under INFP or "Idealist Healer."  Princess Di and Albert Schweitzer I can understand, but Richard Gere a healer??? Perhaps early in his film career (as the "American Gigolo" with a heart of gold), but definitely not since that unfortunate falling out with Fievel.

So is there a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for people in forecasting? If you've taken the assessment and are willing to share, please submit a comment with your MBTI.

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Mike Gilliland

Product Marketing Manager

Michael Gilliland is a longtime business forecasting practitioner and formerly a Product Marketing Manager for SAS Forecasting. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters, and is Associate Editor of their practitioner journal Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting. Mike is author of The Business Forecasting Deal (Wiley, 2010) and former editor of the free e-book Forecasting with SAS: Special Collection (SAS Press, 2020). He is principal editor of Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions (Wiley, 2015) and Business Forecasting: The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Wiley, 2021). In 2017 Mike received the Institute of Business Forecasting's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021 his paper "FVA: A Reality Check on Forecasting Practices" was inducted into the Foresight Hall of Fame. Mike initiated The Business Forecasting Deal blog in 2009 to help expose the seamy underbelly of forecasting practice, and to provide practical solutions to its most vexing problems.

9 Comments

  1. Shelly Goodin

    Hi Mike,
    Enjoyed your post! Interesting info. I'm not a forecaster but am an INFP :) Along with Richard Gere...

  2. Faye Merrideth on

    Fun post, Mike. ISTJ helps me understand your qualities. It's important to know which personality traits can help us succeed. I'm an ENFJ, as were Ronald Reagan and Martin Luther King, Jr.

  3. Emily Rodriguez on

    I'm one of those sensitive types... INFJ. First thing Myers Briggs tells me is that I'm very rare - no wonder!!!! Then it tells me that I should be a nurse or a social worker - I think MB needs to take a look at where Supply Chain Management fits in as a career - I see a perfect fit.
    The other thing is the Intuition score - 88% on the Intuition... aside from thinking that I must be a psychic, I had an interesting thought, I don't actually do the forecasting, but maybe I should being that high on intuition! I should test it out... measure the FVA of my intuitive forecast vs. some calculated forecasting methods :) oh wait that's the delphi technique isn't it :)

    • Mike Gilliland
      Mike Gilliland on

      A rare specimen, eh? According to my MBTI chart you are a cross between Gandhi, Sidney Poitier, Eleanor Roosevelt, and (your namesake?) Emily Bronte. That sounds about right. I'd like to know the FVA of your psychic powers against a Magic 8 Ball.

      What I don't understand is: Why are all these sensitive people reading my blog?

      • Emily Rodriguez on

        "What I don't understand is: Why are all these sensitive people reading my blog?"
        We're being sensitive to your feelings - we don't want to hurt your feelings by NOT reading it..... ;) oh and we are brilliant and intuitively feel that you are saying things that make sense.

  4. I'm a forecaster, and I'm an INTJ. I work with a lot of forecasters, and INTJ is the most common type by far. And the few non-INTJs tend to be 'one-offs' where they differ from INTJ by only one letter.

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