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Group Exercises

Trust and Fairness - Introverted Thinking Exercise

Apr 26th, 2012

This exercise was originally designed and conducted as a Thinking/Feeling exercise before we understood the function-attitudes.  It was effective helping people identify differences between the preferences.  However, I now believe it is an introverted thinking exercise as it asks people to define either "trust” or "fairness.”  I now use it to highlight individual introverted thinking by having people share their definitions and note the differences between them.

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Original instructions:

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1)    Break participants into T and F groups (or TP, TJ, FP and FJ groups.)

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2)    Have them define "trust” or "fairness” and record the agreed upon definition on flipchart paper.

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3)    Have groups report their definitions to the whole group.

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4)    Discuss the insights and implications.

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Modified instructions:

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1)  Ask participants to write their definitions for "trust” and "fairness” on a piece of paper.

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2) Have one person record the definition for trust on flipchart paper and have another person record the definition for fairness on flipchart paper.

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3) Ask the other individuals to add to or modify the definitions they have recorded to make the definitions more complete or accurate.

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4) Ask the participants to share their reactions to the initial definitions and to the changes as they are made.

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5) Point out that introverted thinking is the function-attitude that we use when naming or defining something, and that these differences in definitions should be expected.


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