A Me Manual

A playbook for how we can best work together.

Overview

A good starting point for understanding my personality would be my Myers-Briggs typology: INFP. Here's a self-reflection of what makes me Me.

  • Introverted (I) - Contrary to the popular notion of introversion, I deeply value building and maintaining relationships. I enjoy social interactions that are personal (1:1 or small, intimate groups) and honest (raw conversations). Engaging in conversations that are surface-level and transactional becomes mentally draining for me. I can effortlessly engage in conversations where psychological safety has been established. 

  • Intuitive (N) - Similar to how I approach communication and relationships, I like to dive deep and deconstruct the problems at hand. Expanding the context of what I'm dealing with is incredibly important for how I work. 

  • Feeling (F) - I gravitate to the prospect of pursuing the ideal outcome, which may not always be practical because we live in a world with constraints. Over the years, I've learned to balance out this aspect of my decision-making by grounding it with more data-driven approaches: research, testing, etc. My best works come from collaborating with others who value my ideas and augment them with a more observant perspective. 

  • Prospecting (P) -  I like to run fast and consider all options. Although I like planning to give myself a parameter, I value flexibility more because plans break. At times I get overwhelmed and lost going fast, but my superpower is connecting the dots in the end and coming up with tangible results. 

Playing to my strengths

  • Lateral Thinking - I thrive with variety and ambiguity because I connect the dots between little learnings for big outcomes. 

  • Analytical - Although opposite of my intuitive nature, I've honed in on the concept of data-driven creativity to produce more impactful results. 

  • Empathetic - I listen and deeply care about what someone is saying, which is how I build trust and relationships with people. 

My potential pitfalls

  • Processing Time - I deeply evaluate every option to solve a problem and pivot if there's a more optimal solution, which can slow down decision-making. 

  • Overextension - Sometimes, I overestimate my abilities and make commitments beyond my bandwidth, resulting in burnout. 

  • Perfectionism - I am never satisfied with good enough, so I need to constantly remind myself that sometimes good enough is enough and keep things moving. 

How I think

  • Heuristics - Because I like to evaluate all options, I rely on heuristics/past learnings to speed up the process. 

  • Contextual - Knowing the full extent of a problem is essential because I need to understand where my contributions lie in the bigger picture. 

  • Dynamic - I leverage perspectives from different disciplines and learnings from changing environments when problem-solving.

How I work

  • Internal Thinking - I like to absorb and think about problems internally before engaging in larger discussions. 

  • Elaborate + Indirect - My communication style provides a full context in what I'm saying while considering the recipient's feelings.