5.5 Web Exercises

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the characteristics of the Myers-Briggs personality profile.
  2. Describe the characteristics of emotional intelligence.
  3. Locate, download, and analyze meeting agenda examples.

Explore Personality Testing

A popular tool for categorizing personality types is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). In this exercise, you learn about the MBTI and other tests based on the personality types described by psychologist Carl Jung.

MBTI

  1. Start a web browser and go to the Myers and Briggs Foundation website by typing http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics.
  2. Read the section titled MBTI Basics.
  3. Scroll down to the table of sixteen personality types. Move the mouse pointer over one of the types to display the pop-up window that shows the explanation of that type.
  4. Point to one of the other types in the table and then capture the screen.
  5. Open a Word document. In the first line, type your name. Below your name, paste the screen capture.
  6. Save that document as Ch05MBStudentName.doc using the Word 2003 .doc file format.
  7. Switch back to the web page. Below the table, click All types are equal to move to that web page. Read the page.
  8. Capture a portion of the All types are equal page and paste it into the Word document.
  9. Leave the word processing document open.

Free Online Personality Tests

The Myers-Briggs test is administered and interpreted by trained and certified people who help explain the meaning of the results. This is an important function because terms like introvert do not mean what many people normally assume them to mean, and self-evaluation can be misinterpreted. It can still be instructive to take one of the free, online tests that are similar to the MBTI.

  1. In a web browser, type http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes1.htm.
  2. Follow the directions to take the Jung Typology Test (it consists of seventy-two Yes/No questions).
  3. Display the test score, as shown in Figure 5.13 “Example of a Result”, except it may be any of the sixteen types.

    Figure 5.13 Example of a Result

    Example of a Result

  4. Notice the brief explanation in bulleted list format. Capture this screen and paste it into the word processing document.
  5. Return to the Myers and Briggs Foundation website by typing http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics. Scroll down to the table of types and click the one that corresponds to your score from the other website. Capture the screen and paste it into the word processing document.
  6. Below the screens, reflect on what you learned about the MBTI and the Jung personality types. Relate any experiences you might have had with this personality typing and your impressions of its accuracy in describing your personality.
  7. Review your work and use the following rubric to determine its adequacy:
    Element Best Adequate Poor
    File name Ch05MBStudentName.doc Ch05MBStudentName.docx Another file name
    Describe the characteristics of the Myers-Briggs personality profile First line with name; four screen captures that show one of the types in the table, a screen from the All types are equal page, the results of your test, and that type on the table Same as Best Some screens missing or not matching the test result
  8. Save the file and submit it as directed by the instructor.

Emotional Intelligence: Developing a Strong Mind[1]

In the project management profession, developing strong people skills helps management understand how to deal with personality types, like the Myers-Briggs test uses the emotional intelligence test site to develop strong career building skills. Mind Tools helps develop strong people skills.

  1. Start a web browser and go to the Mind Tools website at http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCDV_59.htm.

    Read the first page, including the sections titled

    • Developing Strong “People Skills”
    • What Is Emotional Intelligence
    • Characteristics of Emotional Intelligence
    • How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

    Figure 5.14 Mind Tools homepage

    Mind Tools homepage

  2. Open MS Word and save a new document as Ch5EQStudentName.doc.
  3. Click the Play button on the video. Capture a screen that shows the video playing and then paste it into your Word document.
  4. In a browser, type http://www.ihhp.com/testsite.htm.

    Figure 5.15 Institute for Health and Human Potential homepage

    Institute for Health and Human Potential homepage

  5. Begin the test and fill out the first few questions. Copy the screen and then paste it into your Word document.
  6. Complete the test and then click the Evaluate button.
  7. In the Word document below the screen captures, reflect on what you learned about emotional intelligence (EQ) and then describe how being more aware of EQ might improve the work environment on a project.
  8. Review your work and use the following rubric to determine its adequacy:
    Element Best Adequate Poor
    File name Ch05EQStudentName.doc Ch05EQStudentName.docx Another file name
    Describe the characteristics of emotional intelligence First line with name; four screen captures that show the video playing and the first few questions of the EQ test; a reflective essay of two hundred to three hundred words in which you describe what you learned and how it might be useful on a project Correct screen captures with a reflective essay between one hundred and two hundred words Some screens missing; very brief essay that did not cover both objectives
  9. Save the document, and then submit it as directed by your instructor.

Use Templates to Standardize Project Development

Different types of meetings have different objectives. To achieve those objectives, it helps to organize the agenda of the meeting around those objectives and to sequence them properly. Studying examples used by other organizations will assist in choosing an agenda that suits the purpose of a meeting.

How to Download a Meeting Agenda

  1. Open a blank word processing document and type your name and date on the first line. Save the file as Ch05MeetingsStudentName using the Word 2003 file format that ends with .doc.
  2. Start a web browser program and go to the Project Management Guidebooks and Templates page for the State of North Dakota at http://www.nd.gov/itd/standards/project-management/project-management-guidebooks-and-templates. A list of links displays, as shown in Figure 5.16 “North Dakota Projects”

    Figure 5.16 North Dakota Projects

    North Dakota Projects from the North Dakota Information Technology Department website

  3. Add this website to your browser’s favorites list, in a folder named Projects.
  4. Capture a screen that shows a link to this site in the Projects folder of your bookmarks or favorites, and then paste it into the word processing document.
  5. On the web page, under Managing Projects, click Project Kickoff Meeting Agenda Template (25kb rtf). Notice the file is labeled “25kb rtf,” which means that it is a small file saved in rich text format (rtf). The rtf format is a standard format that virtually all word processing programs can read.
  6. Save the file to your computer and then open it.
  7. Review the topics and the time allowed for each topic.
  8. Near the top of the page, select the placeholder text to the right of Project, and then type Classwork for StudentName, where you use your name.
  9. Capture a screen that shows your modification to the agenda and paste it into the word processing document.

Analysis

  1. Compare this agenda with the concepts described in the text. Address the following questions:
    • What type of meeting is this (action item, management, or leadership)? Support your analysis with references to the sample agenda and quotations from the text.
    • Is this agenda designed to build trust? Compare this agenda to the section in the text titled Creating Trust.
  2. At the bottom of the word processing document, write an essay of between two hundred and five hundred words that consists of two parts that address these two questions.
  3. Review your work and use the following rubric to determine its adequacy:
    Element Best Adequate Poor
    File name Ch05MeetingsStudentName.doc Ch05MeetingsStudentName Another file name
    Locate, download, and analyze meeting agenda examples Name on first line; screen captures that show the web link in the Project folder of your browser’s favorites and an image of the agenda with your name next to Project; a two-part essay that addresses the two questions with specific references in the text and in the sample agenda to support your analysis Name on first line; screen captures that show the web link in the Project folder of your browser’s favorites and an image of the agenda with your name next to Project; a single paragraph that addresses the two questions with paraphrased references in the text and in the sample agenda to support your analysis Missing or incomplete screen captures; an essay that is too general and that doesn’t address the questions or does not demonstrate an intimate familiarity with the text or sample
  4. Save Ch05MeetingsStudentName and submit it as directed by the instructor. Close all documents and programs.

  1. Based on a graduate project by Bonnie Jankovic, December 2011.

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