When we step back and look at the bigger picture, we see that God is in control of everything so that even “SJ’s” can smile and rest especially when things don’t always turn out smoothly. It is God who makes our joy complete no matter what happens. The family of God is amazing and think of how boring our planet would be if we were all the same! Keep dreaming and re-imagining!
The place of the SJ in a start-up
I love SJs. They are the “Sensory Judgers” on the Myers/Briggs Personality Indicator and make up 40% of the American population.
Jesus had to deal with people’s temperament-based issues all the time. Would-be disciples would come to Jesus, proclaim their loyalty, but insist on the priority of their prior commitments. Jesus wasn’t impressed. When Jesus asked how they were going to feed the crowd, Phillip (probably an SJ) did the calculations and gave the realistic response that was the opposite of the one Jesus was looking for.
In all my start-ups, I’m sure I’ve frustrated the SJs involved. When I started AIM, my SJ teammates regularly wanted to quit. Each time I’ve launched ministries, I’ve had SJs involved, but have watched them struggle with all of the changes. Sometimes only their sense of integrity and commitment keeps them going.
Currently, I have a couple of SJs in a start-up who are struggling to get over the messiness of the development phase. My mistake was not giving a clear understanding of the ambiguity involved in the launch. I should have posted a sign, “WARNING: Life will change all the time around here. Learn to love it.”
Can SJs thrive in a start-up? Yes, if they’ve had good clear conversations in advance and a good leader to call them on their tendency to become critical or to whine. And it helps if they’ve seen a few start-ups before.
I can’t imagine anyone being around AIM for any significant ammount of time and not having to learn to embrace change.
As a self-proclaimed SJ, and can honestly say I have embraced change and love diversity…
… as long as I have control of when and where it happens. 🙂
Who’s good in start-ups then? SPs?
And can the SJ serve as an occasional adviser? Someone you trust with solving problems of practicality?
NTs are good in start ups. SPs get distracted too easily and NFs want to talk about your feelings. Although having more than one NT in a start up is a bit like having more than one Alpha dog. It just doesn’t work.
Mild SJs are your best options though, they are flexible enough to handle the chaos with still enough structure to help get things done.