So i'll be in West Virginia for two days doing some leadership retreat thingie, so the Weekly Humor is coming in tonight (although it's more of a statement on what a heartless bitch i am). i should be asleep, yes... but ah well, these things happen.
So yes. State is big on using the Myers-Briggs test to determine how to focus its training programs (i'm an ISTJ, in the interest of full disclosure). Today, we were given a lecture explaining the various bits and pieces of the test and the dichotomies, but we were also given examples. A few people who scored particularly strongly on either side of a dichotomy were sent out of the room while the coordinator explained to the rest of the class what her demonstration would show and what behaviors to look for. Now, i was sent out of the room on the Thinking/Feeling axis, and perhaps it's not difficult to guess where i fell. So i and the two guys in my group come in, and we were given the question, "You are the coach of a Little League team invited to play in the regional finals in San Francisco. There are 22 people on the team but only enough money for 15 people to go. What do you do?" All three of us responded in unison, "Take the best players." No thought needed, right? The next group (all women, not coincidentally) actually recoils in horror at the need for reduction of numbers, and they all come to the conclusion that a fund raiser must be held. The really sad part is that the possibility a fund raiser didn't even cross my mind. Let this be a lesson to you: never let me care for your children if you want to prevent them from getting permanent damage to their egos.
Oh, and since i forgot a Bilking of America post a few weeks ago, i'll quickly link to this. Thanks, Uncle Sam! May i say that i won't be in a position to do this for quite some time? Let's be clear about that. For all that we're touted as the cream of the crop, i am fully aware that i will be little more than bureaucratic cannon fodder for my first few tours. Paying dues, etc.