I was just sitting in an all-day project meeting for a government agency, involving how to make sure that data grabbed by the front-end was connecting with data needs on the back-end, and ended up wondering how many N's were in the room.
Quick head count gave me about 25% N, at best:
- 3 INTPs
- 1 INFJ.
The rest was something like
- 5 ISTJs
- 1 ESTJ (the project manager)
- 2 ESFJs
- 1 ISFJ (the note taker)
- 1 ESTP (the division director)
- 2 ISTP
- 1 ISFP
Even more interesting to me: Listening to all the people in the room, I typically get really bored and struggle to stay awake, except for when a few people talk... and I realized that the people who don't put me to sleep are the N's. Otherwise the entire meeting just feels like one huge slog through a morrass of detail.
I never realized before I was keying in on S/N communication style -- I guess the N's are structuring their data discussions in a way that gives me a framework to work with (or a basic skeleton on which to hang/orient data). Meanwhile, the S's typically just proceed in some linear fashion, one piece of data after another, and I have no idea where it's going, and struggle to take notes.
Anyone have any similar or contrasting experiences? Especially in how data is approached in the technical workplace?
I also noticed that the two INTPs are very "informative" and not directive -- I'm not sure how I come across, but I think it's similar, wherein if asked a question we all circle around the data from all sides and explains how a particular item works (or what the particular problem is), but we don't really stress any decisions within the data... if asked we will provide multiple solutions and prioritize them but seem reluctant to adocate for one. And it's instinctive.