Life on the Line (2015)

05/11/2015

Overview

A crew of men who do the high-wire work of fixing the electrical grid are hit by a sudden deadly storm.

INTROVERTSENSINGFeelingPerceiving
What they bring to the party
Caring, the ‘glue’ for the team, great at reading situations, genuinely tunes into people, quiet, introspective but at the heart of what’s going on, laid back, flexible, patient, kindly, creative, artistic.
Not their forte
Dislike conflict or fast-paced environments with no time to reflect, don’t like to upset people so may passively agree, difficult to know, behind the scenes, not a planner or organised, lives for the moment.
INTROVERTIntuitiveFeelingPerceiving
What they bring to the party
Creating and maintaining harmony, intensely caring, loyal, dutiful, sensitive, empathetic, insightful, future-oriented, optimistic, positive, prefer possibilities to facts, quietly supportive, values-driven.
Not their forte
Shy so not the centre of attention, complex and difficult to know, can want to maintain harmony at all costs, need meaning in tasks, not detailed or a planner, looks forward rather then ‘here and now.’
ExtravertIntuitiveFeelingPerceiving
What they bring to the party
Creative, friendly, caring, quick, impulsive, enthusiastic, energetic, brings people in, radical, love the new and the complex, curious, forward thinking, flexible, unconstrained, positive, helpful, happy.
Not their forte
Planning, organising, sitting still, need people around, sensitive, can get hurt, of the moment so may struggle to prioritise, needs stimulation, possibilities and the new, not detailed or factual, impatient.

Contribution to the team

ISTJs bring a strong sense of planning, agreeing objectives and working steadily towards closure. They have a strong eye for detail and can therefore protect the team from going off in a wrong direction or from over-enthusiasm.

Work Style

ISTJs are practical, factual, action oriented people. They want to agree what needs to be done, get their heads down, focus and get on with it. They work methodically and steadily, completing one thing and moving on to the next. They have high standards and can be quite formal and will expect everyone to do what they have agreed.

Communication

ISTJs can be quite detached and formal in their communication as they are task-oriented and prefer a purpose for speaking, rather than chit chat. They will get frustrated with too much ‘blue sky’ talk as they would rather deal in the facts and the realities of the ‘here and now.’

Conflict

ISTJs prefer to keep themselves to themselves and so they will struggle with overt conflict, ie with someone who wants to engage verbally. They are fine with more formal, process-led conflict. They have a strong sense of right and wrong and this tends to be around what has been agreed, so they will become irritated if someone doesn’t keep their promises.

Motivators

Creating order, seeing a plan come together and delivering it to exceptional standards. Taking logical actions to step things forward.

Contribution to the team

The ISFJ will bring order, clarity, organisation and planning. Although not the most vocal member of the team, the ISFJ will make sure the team moves towards a 'known' conclusion in a planned way.

Work Style

ISFJs want to feel included and valued by the team, and they need a clear, factual understanding of what it is they are expected to achieve. Then they would prefer to focus and methodically work through their list, with input from others every now and again.

Communication

ISFJs are sociable but are low key are prefer 1:1 conversations or small groups. They are factual and caring about others, and will be supportive, but they may take longer to open up about themselves. This will happen gradually over time off the back of other conversations.

Conflict

The ISFJ will be a superb diffuser of conflict as they prefer harmony and indeed will work hard at creating that. However, ISFJs are often called ‘the defender’ and this is because they will stand up for what is right and the rights of others. So, whilst they may shun conflict personally, they will fight for other people.

Motivators

Creating stability and security, understanding things (including their own subject and anything else that captures their imagination) in great detail. Doing a superior piece of work, supporting and taking care of others.

Contribution to the team

The ISFP will bring a quiet sense of conviction and what is 'the right thing to do.' Although not vocal, the ISFP can glue the team together and be quietly vocal in their support of people, new ideas and contributions.

Work Style

The ISFP will be quiet and in the background, supporting and encouraging others. They are unconventional in their approach but if it’s important to them or the team, they will get it done. On tasks that are close to their hearts, given space they can be creative, artistic and incredibly detailed.

Communication

ISFPs are private and difficult to know and will tend to keep their own counsel, even when they are upset. They express themselves better through actions than words so will be first to lend a helping hand. With some gentle encouragement they will bring a fresh and creative perspective to the group.

Conflict

The ISFP does not like conflict partly due to their need for harmony and partly due to their intense need for privacy. They have extremely strong values and beliefs and they do not like to open up or to be ‘known’ and so they will tend to quietly walk away from fractious situations.

Motivators

Driven by the need for harmony and calm. Immersing themselves in a sensory way in a task, activity or experience and enjoying the moment. Caring for others and seeing them do well.

Contribution to the team

The ISTP will bring their vast store of knowledge and experience to bear on the team, showing great determination but their low boredom threshold means once they have sorted the problem they withdraw.

Work Style

ISTPs tend to work independently and in short bursts of energy. They prefer to operate in the here and now, fixing immediate problems and making improvements, rather than thinking too far in advance or planning.

Communication

The ISTP tends to be economic with words and a little terse in their communications. This is not rudeness they would just rather get to the point. They prefer factual and specific conversations, and then to go off and do whatever needs doing, quietly.

Conflict

ISTPs love difficult situations and they will see conflict as something, like everything else, to be fixed as quickly as possible and then move on. They do not seek conflict but are impervious to their environment so it goes with the territory.

Motivators

Thrill-seeking, being where the action is. Solving interesting and practical challenges, using their knowledge and experience, and gleaning knowledge for later use.

Contribution to the team

The ESTP will bring an urgency to get things moving - and right now, looking to have an immediate and positive impact on the team and will be a great catalyst for action, cutting through anything woolly or ethereal.

Work Style

ESTPs are fun loving, adventurous, gregarious types who will be front and centre, getting people involved and focusing on sorting out difficult practical problems. Once the big challenging parts are done they will leave others to the detail and move on to the next big thing.

Communication

Direct and economic, the ESTP will tell it like it is and expect others to do the same. The robust debate helps them get it done more quickly but some might find it a bit brutal. They will focus on the practicalities of the here and now. Long-range for an ESTP is probably next week!

Conflict

ESTPs love a good conflict. Not to hurt or to be self-aggrandising but because it creates the right honesty and tension to get the problem fixed more quickly. Being impervious they rarely take offence. Their low boredom threshold means they would be not respond well to being constrained or told what to do.

Motivators

Team spirit, getting practical things done quickly. The buzz of lots of things happening. Throwing themselves into something new and exciting, problem-solving.

Contribution to the team

The ESTJ will be the organiser, of materials, of people, of deadlines and team, making sure tasks are planned and coordinated and that everyone is clear what is expected and what should happen next.

Work Style

The ESTJ is built to deliver, to get things done, taking charge, helping and making sure that the plan is stuck to. ESTJs have practical common sense and discipline, they work hard and tackle problems in a systematic fashion moving in a straight line from beginning to end.

Communication

Direct and factual the ESTJ may inadvertently upset others who are more sensitive, as they see honesty and incredible directness as the same thing and so may at times project an honesty that is brutal.

Conflict

ESTJs are happy with conflict, as they are essentially impervious to their environment and so would see conflict as simply an element of getting things done, and may not ‘get’ others who are more sensitive. If things are not moving forward, as agreed, they will be extremely vocal as driving for closure is what they’re built for.

Motivators

Getting things done. Being at the forefront of the action. Status and competition. Being right. Respecting tradition.

Contribution to the team

Caring and energetic, the ESFP will look to have an immediate and positive impact on the team and as such will be a good catalyst for action and cutting through anything woolly and ensuring people are taken care of.

Work Style

ESFPs are enthusiastic ‘people-people’ who will need the flexibility to jump in, support and offer practical help. They may slide out of rules and regulations on the grounds that, 'I just had to do something.’ They won’t be on the detail, or the strategy but they will create a team spirit and get everyone moving.

Communication

ESFPs are positive and animated. They are practical carers, preferring to focus on the people aspects and the here and now, and they will tend to be encouraging and want to create harmony in the team.

Conflict

The ESFP is sensitive and will take criticism very personally and to heart. They find conflict uncomfortable so they will use their incredible likeability and charm to make sure that conflict is nipped in the bud as soon as possible so that harmony is restored and people are happy.

Motivators

Fun, making people happy and feel special, people getting on well together, fixing people issues, practically and right now.

Contribution to the team

The ESFJ will ensure the team is protected from mistakes, and will focus on the people issues and the detail. They are painstaking, orderly, duty-driven, conscientious and fretful to get it right.

Work Style

ESFJs are action-oriented and practical and will want to get things done, whilst making sure people are taken care of. They like to have a clear goal and get everything and everyone organised to achieve in a planned and methodical way.

Communication

ESFJs are talkative and voice their feelings easily. They are helpful and sympathetic, but also have strong views on issues, what is right and wrong, and will be forthright in putting their opinions across. And they will expect their views to be acted upon.

Conflict

Because of their natural ‘take charge’ style, the ESFJ will want to diffuse conflict and will work hard to ensure that harmony is created. This will be done with a no-nonsense, factual common sense approach.

Motivators

Taking care of people. Doing the ‘right’ things. Getting things done and sorted. Status. Tradition.

Contribution to the team

Although introverted, the INFJ has very strong opinions, honed over much private reflection and they will voice these strongly, less concerned with self and ego than with ‘the cause.’

Work Style

INFJs are quiet, caring and independently minded. They are idealists, with clear vision of what they want to achieve and also a clear view of how it will be done. They are action oriented and will work long and hard to plan and make the vision a reality.

Communication

Deep and private the INFJ will keep their own counsel. They have a strong interest in people and will be supportive, often championing others. They will want to discuss the bigger picture and the meaning before getting into the nitty gritty of a task.

Conflict

Although the INFJ prefers and will create harmony, they have such strong and deeply held values, they will defend those values vigorously if they are transgressed. Others may be surprised how forthright and crusading they can become.

Motivators

Their personal values. Causes that are important to them. Their ideals. Meaningful relationships. Making things better.

Contribution to the team

INTJs will overturn established practice being forward thinking and truly radical. They love the intellectual challenge, coming alive with difficult problems to solve then step back again into their own world when it becomes mundane.

Work Style

INTJs are future-oriented, scientific perfectionists, with an endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. They will work long and hard on such tasks, driving towards closure, impervious to the outside world.

Communication

INTJs can project as a little aloof as they work more at an intellectual than emotional level. They prefer logical discussions about an interesting topic, based on evidence and data. If these criteria are not met they will go quiet and think their interesting thoughts.

Conflict

The INTJ is often impervious to their environment as they are deep and private and love getting their heads into complex problems. They love the intellectual robust debate and won’t really ‘see’ conflict as it’s all about pushing things forward.

Motivators

Solving complex, long term problems. Competition. Improvement.

Contribution to the team

Although gentle and sensitive the INFP will bring a sense of conviction and what is 'the right thing to do.' Though quiet, the INFP can glue the team together and support others fostering great team spirit as they have little ego.

Work Style

INFPs tend to work behind the scenes supporting others, using their insight and wisdom. Flexible and spontaneous INFPs will need the space and freedom to work their way. They don't work well with routine or too many rules.

Communication

The INFP is idealistic and future-oriented and needs to understand the meaning behind things to be able to put their heart into it, they are not interested in practical details. They are quiet, gentle and often seen as difficult to know.

Conflict

The INFP does not like conflict and will seek to be the one who brings harmony, diffusing tension and seeing things from the other person’s perspective. There is a surprisingly crusading side to the INFP, when a personal value is trodden on, they can become uncharacteristically outspoken and champion of the cause, then withdraw.

Motivators

Deeply held values. Ideal vision for the future. Immersing themselves in something meaningful. Being an independent free-spirit. Caring for others.

Contribution to the team

Although quiet the INTP will come to the fore at analysing problems and evaluating ideas using their superb judgement and serious, unemotional nature to ensure the team makes balanced, logical decisions.

Work Style

The INTP is independent, logical and future-oriented. They get bored by the detail and routine of the here and now, as they thrive on big challenging problems and strategic complexity. They enjoy the thrill of the last minute, they are not planners.

Communication

Blunt, to the point and economic, the INTP will use logic, data and as few words as possible to make their point. Those who are more emotional may find them a little cold or harsh. They need conversations to have a purpose, if it’s chitchat they will have no problem excusing themselves.

Conflict

Rational argument, logic and intellectual theory are the routes to the ‘heart’ of the INTP who will have no problem with debate or taking the hard decisions. INTPs are relatively easy-going until something violates a principle, then they can become outspoken and actual enjoy the heated drama of conflict.

Motivators

Solving complex problems. Intellectual challenge. Independence.

Contribution to the team

ENFJs will bring structure and impetus whilst at the same making sure the needs of all the people are taken care of. Often at the flipchart they capture ideas giving everyone the chance and encouragement to contribute.

Work Style

ENFJs are both people and task focused. They love a plan, a clear picture of where they are going and they will work diligently towards the end goal. Their people focus means they make sure that everything is planned and organised and that people are happy.

Communication

Articulate and confident the ENFJ will be persuasive and tenacious. They tune into other people and are often found at the emotional heart of a group, acting as the glue, an unusual combination of bossy and caring.

Conflict

The twin attributes of insightful caring and organisational ability will mean the ENFJ will see all the interconnections between people, pick up on the cues and work tirelessly to help solve people issues and diffuse conflict.

Motivators

Keeping people happy. Achieving goals, however big or small. New challenges.

Contribution to the team

ENFPs take a warm, genuine interest in others, they can 'read' people well, and will act as the catalyst for new initiatives and creative ways of solving problems. They will bring a radical perspective to the team.

Work Style

People-centred, fresh and spontaneous, they will embrace things with energy and enthusiasm but may not follow through or get into detail as their focus is on ‘what’s next?’ The ENFP is creative, quick, and impulsive, they need variety, stimulus and to be surrounded by people.

Communication

As the ENFP will wear their heart on their sleeve, they are comfortable in using emotional language and being tactile and people will tend to open up to them. They prefer to focus enthusiastically on future possibilities, or people-related topics.

Conflict

The ENFP does not like conflict and will be the one at the heart of the action bringing peace and understanding. Warm, affectionate and disconcertingly spontaneous people will like and trust the ENFP.

Motivators

Ideas. Creativity. Future possibilities. Enjoying the company of others. Being seen as nice and fun to be with.

Contribution to the team

ENTPs have a radical perspective, looking at newer, better and more interesting ways. Not for them the routine of the past, but a healthy challenge to the status quo, and irritation with a pace that’s too slow.

Work Style

ENTPs are constantly looking for opportunities and possibilities. Headstrong and assertive they can spark life into a team, break through inertia but they may not follow through, as they like to move onto something new and more interesting. They need flexibility as they like to do things their way, working in bursts of energy.

Communication

The ENTP will enthuse and motivate people but at heart is an analyst and their way will be to use logic, rational argument and empirical data. They prefer the bigger picture and concepts, and would rather not get into the nitty gritty practicalities.

Conflict

The ENTP is happy with conflict as it allows them to sharpen their debating skills and engage in verbal sparring. They will not really engage at an emotional level seeing it all as an interesting game. Telling an ENTP they’re wrong is like throwing down a gauntlet, one they’ll be delighted to pick up.

Motivators

New, game changing ideas. New challenges. Winning. Complexity and arguments.

Contribution to the team

The ENTJ is the leader: impatient, driven and with a strong desire to agree the strategy then drive relentlessly for closure. They will be superb at preventing complacency and giving pace and clear direction to the team.

Work Style

The ENTJ loves a big-picture goal, something to run at and they will excel at making sure other people are just as enthused and understand the context and the need to get on and drive for closure. They will focus the team clearly and often.

Communication

The ENTJ will be assertive, energetic and will love a robust debate, as this is their preferred method of conversation. They use facts and evidence to support their views and will expect others to do the same, and they may inadvertently upset people with their directness.

Conflict

The ENTJ likes conflict as a means to discuss and inform, achieve clarity and get things done. They enjoy a good argument and will be robust and strident in their views and will forget conflict as quickly as they enter into it, whilst the other person may feel they have been brutalised.

Motivators

Big, ambitious, exciting goals. Being right. Getting things done. Getting people working on something important.

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