• Lisa Malone 15/07/2015 02:31PM

    In Skills Assessment

    Is there a 'typical' Myers Briggs profile for Procurement Pros?

    We've been comparing Myers Briggs profiles in the Procurious office today and it got us wondering....is there a typical profile for Procurement professionals?

    If you know yours, share it and lets see if we can spot a trend!

    For the record, I'm an ENTJ :)

    (And if you think Myers Briggs is complete nonsense, tell us that too and why!)

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  • Georgia Brandi

    16/07/2015 12:57AM

    Ooh interesting question. I look forward to seeing the trend.

    I am INTJ.

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  • Karest Lewela

    16/07/2015 05:01PM

    ENTJ, though I have had INTJ. It would be interesting to carry this as a research question. I suspect it would be very varied, and it should be for effective team dynamics. It would be interesting to also check:
    a) Whether the profile distribution varies if one separates those who are traditionally Procurement practitioners compared to those who, like me, joined Procurement from other fields?
    b) Whether seniority/roles/experience of the respondent has any impact: re as more collaborative and selling experience is demanded, more training is likely to focus on generating Es rather than Is, assuming that is possible or even a positive move?

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  • Mike Robertson

    17/07/2015 10:04AM

    Do you think you have a different profile depending on the role your fulfilling in the company? I run a consulting business and recently created a new commercial model for procurement, so maybe its no surprise I am currently a ENTP but I haven't always been one.

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    Lisa Malone Interesting thought Mike, I suspect you could be onto something. It's certainly not uncommon for people's profiles to change over their lifetime, no doubt influenced by the roles we fulfil and experiences we have. Karest Lewela also asks a good question - whether profiles are different depending on where you've come from, i.e. career procurement, or from elsewhere in the business. Early days but we are seeing quite a few ENTJ/INTJ or ENTP/INTP answers here which would certainly suggest the 'NT' is a strong characteristic for Procurement Pros. Any psychology grads out there who can offer their thoughts??

    17/07/2015 11:20AM

    Matt Cockfield that is an interesting question, Mike...the role dictating the type.

    24/08/2015 03:59PM

    Mike Robertson It would be interesting to know if anyone has changed profile over time and if they have, was it because they changed their role, I don't mean a promotion but a completely different role. e.g sales to procurement or finance to procurement etc?

    28/08/2015 12:01PM

  • Stavros Seremetis

    17/07/2015 02:52AM

    Lisa Malone one letter separation; INTJ for me! We are doing the Myers Briggs personality test at The Faculty too!

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  • Mike Robertson

    23/09/2015 03:19PM

    hello all; the latest scores as per 23rd Sept and with 35 results and 2 unknowns (Samantha and Anya) we have the following.
    In the "lead" are the ENTP's with 9, followed by ENTJ 6, INTJ 6, INFP 3, ISTP,2 ENFP 2, INFJ 2, INTP 1, ISFJ 1, ENFJ 1, ESTJ 1 ISTJ 1.
    The most common trait across all is "N" with 30, T=26, E=19, J=18,P=17,I=16,F=9 and S=5
    budding psychologists out there enjoy !

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  • Mike Robertson

    17/08/2015 08:08AM

    Hi everyone.. here are the latest scores based on the 24 responses so far.. ENTP 8, ENTJ 5, INTJ 3, ENFP 2, ISTP 2, INFP 1, INFJ 1, INTP 1, ISFJ 1. It appears the most common trait is ENTP and from 24 responders E is included in 15 out of 24 profiles. (Mark 17/08 last score used).. Of course its difficult to gauge what this means but from a high level we probably see a pattern forming.

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  • Matt Farrington-Smith

    17/07/2015 02:52PM

    Cor blimey it's only a bit of fun!

    I'm INFP (just like Shakespeare...)

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    Lisa Malone That's good company for our Content Manager and star-Blogger!

    17/07/2015 04:06PM

  • Ed King

    17/07/2015 02:39PM

    The problem that I have with personality profiling is that it essentially boils down to you telling the test that you like meeting new people and then the result informing you that yes, you guessed it, you like meeting new people. And then there are the statements like "You feel very anxious in stressful situations" - well if you consider something to be stressful then by definition you are feeling anxious. But then I'm an ISTP, so I would have that attitude ;)

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  • Manu Khurana

    17/07/2015 01:55AM

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  • Storm Janeway

    16/07/2015 07:12PM

    ENTP each time I have done it.

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  • James Ferguson

    16/07/2015 05:40PM

    Interesting thread Lisa! I am an ENTP...

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  • Matt Bonwick

    16/07/2015 02:31PM

    ENTP for me, but plenty of INTJs i suspect Georgia.

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  • Euan Granger

    15/07/2015 03:06PM

    I am ISFJ - which is a bit different from the last time I took the test.

    If you want to find out what you are, go to http://www.16personalities.com/

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  • Samantha D.

    08/11/2016 06:58PM

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  • Monica Palacios

    23/07/2015 11:48AM

    I agree with the idea that we evolve with our roles. I took it at the beginning of my career ENTJ; some years before I found it was ENTP.
    I have read for a while about the M Briggs profiles, and I find interesting if a good mix of them would be more valuable in a team than just the perfect one and all together the same.
    Another interesting topic is about the false friends associated in our mind. As an example E / I I would have associated it more to the fact of interacting with others than how contemplative you are.

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  • Jordan Early

    20/07/2015 09:55AM

    I'm ENFP which according to the website makes me a campaigner. I'm in illustrious company with Salvador Dali, Mark Twain, Julian Assange and Oscar Wilde. With quotes like this "Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative", I'm not sure Oscar Wilde would have made the best procurement professional.

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  • Hugo Britt

    20/07/2015 01:52AM

    I'm ISTP - I've always been a bit sceptical of these tests as I think we try to influence the outcome to reflect how we want others to see us...

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  • Chris Roe

    20/07/2015 01:27AM

    Another ENTJ to add to the mix here. We seem well represented for a type that makes up 3% of the population in this sample....
    I guess making decisions based on logic and facts rather than emotion is a desired trait!

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  • Cristian Martin

    17/07/2015 01:33PM

    ENFP is the best one, so everyone else has the wrong answer. hahaha

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  • Max Goonan

    17/07/2015 10:44AM

    ENTJ

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  • Marco Gil

    17/07/2015 09:31AM

    I'm ENTP also.

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  • Iain Wicking

    16/07/2015 04:02AM

    A superficial way of assigning traits but I would not take it too seriously.

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  • Anne Marie Goudeau

    15/07/2015 05:17PM

    ENTJ: constant over the last 5 years, but I my score for Structure is more and more centered: less and less J.

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  • Matt Cockfield

    22/02/2018 04:49PM

    if I may add to my original post herein; first, it is good to at least see my type (ENTP) fits, while not so dominating, a slight trend. Second, I do not think that there is an ideal MBTI for procurement. Procurement requires a diverse set of skills not usually found in one type, i.e. one person. To the degree the MBTIs have efficacy, there appears to be an opportunity to structure a procurement team of complementing MBTIs. E.g. those types strongly represented by the highly analytical introverts (excellent at cold quantitative details) could be coupled with highly perceptive extroverts (great at communicating with both suppliers and internal stakeholders).

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  • Bill Young

    23/01/2018 09:53AM

    I am amazed by these responses. I assumed the one MBTI feature common to Procurement would be 'Sensing'. My Google search took me here purely to confirm that assumption. And here you all are, Intuitives! How? Why? Are Intuitives drawn to Procurious?

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  • Andrew Wadey

    08/12/2016 05:59AM

    I hope not, as I worked for a Manager who was well ahead of his time and the Procurement wave so to speak. His MB profile identifyied him as a potential ace murderer. The standard profile needs to be inclusive of diversity of all types.

    Cheers

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  • Hugo Britt

    08/11/2016 09:25PM

    Myers-Briggs is about as scientific as astrology - but, like astrology, it can be fun.

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  • Chris Cliffe FCIPS MIoD

    08/11/2016 08:01PM

    ENTP for me

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  • Jeni Christensen MCIPS MSCM

    03/10/2015 11:27PM

    I have done a few different ones .... E.g. Guardian Supervisor (McKinsey), ESTJ and others note Extrovert with Empathy. We need all types to make a good team mix :-)

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  • malibongwe matewu

    02/10/2015 10:17AM

    i'm ISTJ

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  • Lisa Malone

    01/10/2015 06:14PM

    This was a hotly discussed question on the site and look what I came across today: Best Job Types for each Personality Type http://uk.businessinsider.com/the-best-jobs-for-every-personality-type-2015-8?utm_source=linkedin-bipage&utm_medium=referral?r=US&IR=T

    Sad to report, no mention of Procurement among the careers listed (Don't worry, we are out to change that!), but interesting to note some of the similarities between other careers and Personality types, for example, we had a lot of people report they are ENTJ which according to this study, is well suited to being an Executive, or Manager. Good news for those CPOs on the career path to C-Suite!

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  • Horst Holzträger

    14/09/2015 03:56PM

    INTJ. Would I loose sleep about this: no.

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  • Kurt Parker

    14/09/2015 03:26PM

    ENTP

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  • Paul Johnson (MCIPS)

    25/08/2015 02:34PM

    I'm INFP - which has a more 'creative' leaning which is very useful in procurement - sometimes.

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  • richard schuster

    24/08/2015 11:59PM

    Another ENTJ :)

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  • Veronica Whitmore

    24/08/2015 11:50PM

    I am an INTJ

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  • Andy Duckworth

    24/08/2015 04:29PM

    I'm an INFP. What was interesting for me was that I was only slight on the I & F, Moderate on the N but clear on the P. Spontaneous and flexible and take information in through a "sixth sense".
    Think it's really useful when you understand different team members profiles.

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  • Marion ADAM

    24/08/2015 04:10PM

    I have taken this test twice and both time I received the same result: INFJ !
    Looking forward to see the verdict of this survey :)

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  • Artur Osipyan

    24/08/2015 04:02PM

    I am ENFJ. A very interesting question

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  • Glen Lovett

    24/08/2015 03:58PM

    I'm an INTJ but given the changing face of procurement I would suggest that 'E' is becoming more valuable.

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  • Matt Cockfield

    24/08/2015 03:45PM

    ENTP

    Wow, what a great question. I'm not sure I ever thought of connecting the two -- MBTI with the procurement discipline. Apparently, there is a correlation here!

    The MBTI appears valid. I have taken it three if not four times over the course of my life and I get the same type: ENTP. One interesting fact is that I am just over the line between the E (Extrovert) - I (Introvert) continuum. I find many procurement professionals introverted or slightly to the "left: of it -- i.e. E -- like me.

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  • Peter Duffy

    24/08/2015 03:26PM

    Interesting & thought provoking mine is ESTJ - think I am unique so far?

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  • Sarah Francis, CPSM

    24/08/2015 03:25PM

    I am an ISTJ and have been consistently over the past few years. I'm a doer - meaning I am most happy when taking on a challenging task that I can work on independently.

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  • Anya McKenna

    17/08/2015 09:40AM

    I would love to contribute to this post with my answer, but the site I looked at requested $49.95 (plus tax if applicable) to do so. I don't think I want to know THAT badly!

    Gonna take a stab in the dark and guess that I'm ESFP....

    It would be interesting if some parallels were drawn between procurement peeps and personality types.

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    Jack Slade Hi Anya, use http://www.16personalities.com/ - it's free!

    17/08/2015 09:45AM

    Anya McKenna Hey Jack! Thanks! I shall check it out. :)

    17/08/2015 03:03PM

    Matt Cockfield I took one in grad school that cost $25. But today you can find free test online.

    24/08/2015 03:52PM

  • Mark Oldfield

    17/08/2015 07:31AM

    INTJ - I have been same for many different roles over the years - procurement, customer service, supply chain and now Executive Search.

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  • Samantha Coombs

    23/07/2015 03:33PM

    I believe these tests don't bring the true personality out of anybody. They're a bit of fun. Everybody (human that is) behaves differently depending on the situation they're in. Even with my Psychology qualifications, these tests are null and void.

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    Cristian Martin That's such an ISTP thing to say... Haha

    27/07/2015 01:38PM

    Samantha Coombs I took the test, it read ENTPJ

    27/07/2015 07:52PM

    Samantha Coombs Wonder how that could be...proves my original point I see :-)

    27/07/2015 07:53PM

    Matt Cockfield Disagree. When assembling a team, these indications would seem highly beneficial.

    24/08/2015 03:56PM

    Bill Young "ENTPs...will argue tirelessly for something they don’t actually believe in, stepping into another’s shoes to argue a truth from another perspective."

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  • Joanna Savakis

    20/07/2015 08:58AM

    Last time I completed the report I was an ENTP

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  • Reynier (Ryno) Louw MCIPS

    20/07/2015 08:05AM

    Interesting to see how the profile trend plays out across the Procurious population, for the record - I am INFJ.

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