Michael Segovia
Michael Segovia

Michael Segovia is the principal consultant for The Myers-Briggs Company's MBTI certification programs. In his quarter-century career at The Myers-Briggs Company, Segovia has conducted hundreds of certification courses in the MBTI. He speaks and writes regularly on the subjects of personality type, leadership, and development. He recently presented a TED talk reflecting on how type theory has informed his understanding of his own life’s story.

The Innovators June 28, 2022
Surviving Change in Stressful Times with Personality Type

Of the many uses of personality type—team building, leadership development, conflict management, and more--the ability to use understanding of personality type to help us manage stress may be more critical now than ever.  It's incredible to think how much the pandemic has affected our lives. While sitting in a Starbucks in Washington D.C. on March 5, 2020, I noticed the recycle bins...

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Get Hired July 16, 2021
The MBTI® Has Many Uses... Hiring is Not One of Them

I've written quite a bit about the incredible value of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment for team building, leadership development, lifelong development and how to honor your MBTI® preferences when interviewing for a job. Hopefully, you have noticed that I have never written or spoken, for that matter, about using the MBTI® assessment as part of the selection process.  So,...

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Inside Recruiting April 7, 2021
The MBTI Is Backed by Solid Science. Why Do Some Claim Otherwise?

In the recent article titled "What HBO's Persona Gets Right and (Mostly) Wrong About Personality Test," the author makes some good points about the recent HBO documentary Persona. First, both the author of the article and the creators of the documentary were correct that some companies are misusing personality assessments. My company, The Myers-Briggs Company, has taken the consistent stance...

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Success August 3, 2020
Growth Mindset and the MBTI: Your Personality Type Is Not the Whole Story

Taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment to identify your personality type is an important self-awareness opportunity, but it doesn't tell the whole story of who you are. This is especially the case for people with growth mindsets. The concept of a growth mindset and its opposite, a fixed mindset, was developed by the psychologist Carol Dweck. According to Dweck's...

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The Innovators March 20, 2020
In an Ever-Changing World, Is Your Personality Permanent?

Plenty of people stay in one career all their lives. Others move from one career to another every few years. Still others stay with a career for many years before switching to something completely different in the second half of life. When we see that last situation unfolding, we often get to wondering: Has this person changed completely overnight? It might seem so, but perhaps there...

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The Innovators November 1, 2019
When Innovation Gets Stifled: An MBTI-Based Approach to Bringing Big Ideas to Change-Averse Companies

You're starting an exciting new job, and you've been hired to bring a new perspective to your new employer. During the interview stage, everyone seemed excited about how your ideas differed from the company's standard way of operating. You can't wait to get started so you can make big, transformative changes to prove your worth and take this company to a new level. Fast forward to a...

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Success July 24, 2019
Can Your Myers-Briggs Type Help You Find Well-Being at Work?

In my writings and presentations, I drive home the importance of finding what you love to do and then doing all you can to make that your career. This, however, is a journey that will involve a few stops along the way, during which it is critical to keep up your spirits. As you continue in your career exploration, how can you also honor your well-being throughout that journey? More fully...

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Get Hired December 26, 2018
Should I Stay or Should I Go? How to Determine If That New Job Is a Good Fit

Surfing the job boards one day, you come across an ad for what seems like the perfect role for you. You send in an application, and you hear back from the employer right away with a request for an interview. You go in for your first interview, which you ace, followed by a few more, which also go well. A week later, the phone rings. You got the job. You show up to work on your first day,...

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Get Hired July 25, 2018
The Introverted Interview: Making It a Success

Can you imagine showing up at an interview and not saying a word? Sure, a lot may be going on in your head, but not sharing any of it because you want to ensure you only share your best thoughts would be a disaster during an interview. For those of us with a preference for introversion, this is our natural inclination: keep what is going on inside our heads to ourselves. However, most...

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Get Hired May 25, 2018
Cover Your Bases With Your Next Resume by Appealing to Multiple Personality Types

How you write your resume is just as important as what you put in it. I've written a few posts on the impact your personality type has on how you interview for jobs and the stress that can come with that, and now I'd like to discuss how you can leverage personality types to draft a resume that appeals to the various kinds of hiring managers that might be reading it. You can find all...

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Get Hired April 6, 2018
Leveraging Your Personality Type for Stress Management During the Job Interview Process

As I sit down to write this story on how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool can help us deal with stress during the interview process, I can't help but feel a bit stressed myself. I need to get ready for a workshop later this week. Each time I've attempted to sit down and prepare this morning, my brain has filled up with a litany of other things to which I need to attend. My...

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Get Hired March 2, 2018
For an Authentic, Effective Job Interview, You Must First Understand Your Own Personality Type (Part II)

In my previous article, I discussed how you can leverage your preferences for either introversion or extraversion – preferences based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – to present an authentic version of yourself during a job interview. Today, I'll dive a little deeper and talk about how to leverage the other aspects of your personality type to improve your odds of getting a...

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