#302: New App, Why CEOs Need Hobbies, Is MBTI Legit Or Bogus? | Kevin Kruse

Would you like to accelerate your career and reach your full potential in just minutes a day welcome to the lead X show with New York, Times, bestselling author and eat 500 entrepreneurs? Kevin, Cruz, hey, friends, how was your week me? I'm? Exhausted? My week has been exhausting, but I'm, not complaining, I'm, just sharing I kind of hate it. When people say that no I think you just complained anyway, I've been working my butt off all of us over at lead X have been working our butts off. We just finally launched.

The app version available for iPhone and iPad, the app version of lead X. So if you're already a subscriber to the lead X platform with coach Amanda, you should have received an email inviting you to download the app you get it free, just because you're already a subscriber, and I'm telling you this now, because maybe our email notification got stuck in a spam filter or whatever, but if you're already a subscriber to lead X, then you've got a free. Cool. iPhone app. Not only does it have all the stuff from.

The website and cool app experience it's got a new thing called coach Amanda teaching mode where it's kind of like text messaging your best friend, but your best friend happens to be an executive coach. So a conversational approach to learning about management and training and hey, big. Thanks for over a thousand of you who asked a question of coach Amanda last week are AI. Our IBM Watson, powered chatbot. This is exactly the data we needed to collect to make her smarter. So it was about six months ago.

She was only matching about 10% of the questions. People asked last week over a thousand new questions came in. And she matched about 55% of them. Alexa is matching around 85%.

They say, so we've got a ways to go. But with this new batch of questions, coach Amanda's, going to get a lot smarter. And my goal is to get her to match 75% of leadership and management questions by the end of the year.

So thanks for your help. And if you still want to ask questions, you haven't done it yet, go to lead x.org. Forward, slash Amanda a ma, n, the, let's, see something that caught my eye. This week is that in Harvard Business, Review, I think, it's their top trending article for the month it's called why CEOs devote so much time on hobbies. And they start apparently the CEO of Goldman Sachs he's, kind of got a side job.

He moonlights as a professional DJ. Now, I have no idea if he's any good as a DJ, but it's interesting, how many CEOs with you know, endless schedules, potentially endless schedules schedule time for. Hobbies and the article gets into, you know, why they do and how they do it. And of course, the researchers are suggesting we all need to prioritize this kind of leisure pursuits and whether it's as a way to de-stress and unwind, which makes us more resilient at work, whether it's, because it expands our network of loose ties, whether it gives us ideas that will help us to innovate back and work there are a lot of good ideas and I used to be decent at that.

And we don't have a lot of hobbies, and I'm. Spending way too much time single focused on lead X, but we're, just in that startup mode. So I hope to get back to some balance soon and I. Also hope you listen to Monday's podcast, where I interviewed Nina Baltimore. She created her own one-page, leadership, user's manual after reading my article about how I did if it's, a one-pager that you know illustrates her strengths and quirks and best ways to work with her so go back and listen to that that interview she was really great, hopefully it will. Inspire you to create your own user's manual.

Now, if you believe in the two R's of management managers need to both retain their people, but also get results. Then you're going to like this productivity question, I, answer from Donna. So Donna wrote in and said, hey, I'm new to real estate.

I have a ton of studying training that I need to get done. I can't seem to get with it. When I get home from work.

I know, real estate is something I've been wanting to do for years, but I can't focus enough to learn the. Material help Donna. Thanks for the question and know that you are not alone research is clear that from the morning to the evening. We deplete our willpower, we deplete our ability to make good decisions. We deplete our ability to think clearly and creatively. And a lot of this is just biochemistry. You know, we wake up, hopefully fully restored, and at least after a cup of coffee fully alert, but then our stores of glucose that's just blood sugar in our brain.

It burns up just like the gasoline in your. Car or your iPhone battery, you know, the more you use it, the more it depletes. And if you're doing hard work in the day, just like you're like streaming, a bunch of videos, or whatever on your iPhone you're going to burn up the battery more use. The GPS you're gonna really burn it up fast.

The more taxing. Your work is in the day. The less you're going to have available at dinnertime or later and I have to tell you personally, I struggle, I mean, I, even when I'm trying to work hard and fast nighttime comes if I do. Get to work I'm, not focused it'll. Take me two hours to do what should take me, 45 minutes and back to that willpower thing? Boy, if I'm Latin corn chips it's, going to be in the evening like that's, when I just can't resist anymore, I need some stress relief willpower is gone.

So the easiest solution is to flip it around. If you've got a side hustle, if you've got a goal, something that's important to you, you actually do it first thing rather than last thing. And yes, that means if you're already getting up at.6:00 in the morning to take care of your kids you're now, getting up at 5:00 in the morning, if you're already getting up at 5:30 in the morning to commute to work, well now, you're getting up at 4:30 in the morning and there are the books like the miracle morning, how Elroy or the 5:00 a.m. miracle, you know, all these books are out there with thousands of testimonials behind them saying, my life changed when I set that alarm early and got out of bed an hour before everyone else did an hour earlier than. I'm used to doing and a little pro-tip you then also want to set a nighttime alarm, because if you're going to bed at 11 and waking up at sick. Now, you want to get up at 5:00. You can't keep going to bed at 11:00.

You need to be going to bed at 10:00, and it's going to feel weird at first, but you'll readjust, you know, fairly quickly. So the best answer is done that stuff first, if for some strange reason you just absolutely can't, do it in the morning? Then the way you try to do it at night is hydrate, drink. Lots of water do cardio like even ten minutes of a walk fast walk around the block gets the blood, pumping you're, not going to want to do it force yourself to do it down a bunch of water eat healthy snacks like a fruit. So there's, some sugar getting in you that can set you up for some short bursts of productivity. Pomodoro system, says, set a clock, focus and work for 25 minutes, then pop up for five minutes and drink water and hang out and breathe.

Then dive back into work for 25 minutes. Then pop up. For a five-minute break and that's another way that you can kind of get a little a more little more juice out of your brain.

So good luck, Diana. And if you think great leadership starts with self-awareness. You might be interested in this question from Sven, who wrote everyone seems to use MBTI in business for personality. But I've heard Adam grant is saying, it's, invalid.

What do you think? Okay? So here's the scoop.

So yes, MBTI disk. I think those are the two big personality assessments. You know, Personality profiles that are used in the business community Adam grant.

Best-Selling author. Psychologists at Wharton has been beating the drum for a while now saying, look those things are bogus and from that he's a psychologist. And from the standpoint of psychologists, he's, right, the personality assessment that's, the most validated assessment in the world, the one that's actually used by psychologists, they don't use MBTI on disk it's called the five factor model of personality or the big five and. Those five factors are let me see if I can remember them openness, conscientiousness extraversion, agreeableness and negative emotion or neuroticism.

And you don't have just an either/or in those it's, like, you know, what percent of the population are you above or below? And then each of those five super traits has I, don't know, you know, a dozen traits underneath it. So I mean, it's a really detailed complex thing and been correlated to all kinds of behaviors and all that stuff. So gold standard is the. Big, five that's, really what the professionals use and their critique on say, the MBTI or disc is that it usually comes from a couple angles, one it's, too simple, like there aren't enough things that you're measuring the validity on like there are different forms of validity, but like test retest, like if I take the MBT I today, and then I take it again. Tomorrow, how likely is it? My results change if it's likely to change?

Well, that's, not so good right? So just you get a different result every day. So. There's certain validity, arguments that they'll make. But another core one is just that disk or MBTI tends to make you an either/or.

So I'm, either like my MBTI is and I'm, an INTJ so high-fived, all that INTJ out there I think we're like 2% of the population. So I'm, either an or an e, an introvert or an extrovert. Well, the reality is most people are not introverts or extroverts. Most people are ambivert, you know, we're in the middle somewhere.

And you don't really know that unless you see your score. So. It's like I can score 51 percent on that MBTI and be labeled an extrovert. You could score 49 percent just on the other middle line, other side of the middle line, and you're now, an introvert.

And yet we're extremely similar in our introversion extroversion profile. So the problem or the attack on MBTI is like among other things it's, just like look we're, not binary. And to just put people into these either/or buckets is doing them a disservice. So where do I stand on this? So I am a believer in the Big. Five model and at lead X we're using IBM Watson technology to give you, you know, our subscribers get Big Five Assessment that you pay hundreds of dollars for just comes part of your subscription.

And we used those results to drive the artificial intelligence. And we teach you about your personality using Big Five, having said that the big five is complicated, the MBTI and disk are simple. And people remember simple things. They use simple things. So is MBTI a simplification of personality types. Yes, it. Is but it's much more likely to be used.

And so I mean, look I would rather somebody use an MBTI than nothing because the most important thing is just being mindful of personality. So if we do the whatever what kind of eighties sitcom character are you personality quiz, at least we're now, having a discussion about what is personality, what is my personality how's that different from your personality? And now that we understand the differences, how might we communicate more effectively? So whatever. Tool or game or whatever gets us in that direction, I applaud I support. If you want to go into validity and all that other stuff sure go to the top go use big five. We've chosen to do that.

But you know, I think MBTI or disk, it's, better it's better than then nothing and certainly more actionable, Hot Topic. And again, I know, I'm going to get some mail on this one, because you know, there's, lots of people certified and MBTI and all that good stuff. And you know, Adam grant and others have been coming at it.

Kind of hard. But anyway, thanks that's. An interesting question, Sven and I think all of our opinions on this issue could change over time as we get more data. Hey, I want to remind everyone on this show that every single day lead X offers a free video. Training course you don't even need to put your email in last week. We had like how to fire someone the right way how to develop Print and growth how to lead for employee engagement productivity miracles, grammar fundamentals, like all this kind of stuff.

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You know that leadership is influence you're influencing your. Kids whether you want to or not you're influencing your spouse, whether you want to or not you're influencing your boss, yep, you are influencing up whether you want to or not. And of course, you're influencing your peers, your direct reports, whether you want to or not you're, just either influencing in the right direction or the wrong direction. How will you lead today?.