About Jerry

“Joy is feeling free to be yourself and appreciatively sharing your gifts with others.”

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Finally (after several decades) this quote has come alive for me in my Myers-Briggs work, whether it’s for a business, a government agency, or a non-profit such as a church or school.

The joy begins by knowing yourself, valuing your gifts, and understanding your blind spots—and we all have them. Then the truth dawns. Those other “difficult” people are often just approaching life in a different and equally valid way.

By developing our blind spots, we not only become more balanced in our skills and approaches, we become better able to connect with more people and communicate and influence others more effectively at home, at work, and in our community.

Valuing all for who they are and learning to adapt our communication style to meet their needs is what it is all about. It sounds so simple; however, it can have a dramatic impact on you, your family, your team, and your organization.

My own pathway meandered through twenty years of successful but unfulfilling law practice. When I finally called it quits, I attended a transition seminar. The facilitator asked us each to share something unique about ourselves. I almost panicked, but the words that came out were, “I am an attorney with good interpersonal skills.”   Yes, the group roared with laughter, and I knew I’d received a definite message about the direction I needed to go.

My nurturing spouse (Sue) just happened to have had a MBTI® session at the Hospice agency where she worked, and, while an Introvert by nature, she raved for 90 minutes that night about all the MBTI had revealed about the human dynamics of her workplace.   I took the MBTI not long thereafter and had the same WOW response—so much so that I took the certification course three months later. That was over twenty years ago, and I now am a MBTI Master Practitioner, the first to reach that designation in Illinois. It has been my pleasure to have worked with thousands of people on the MBTI, from the board room to the mail room and even with high school students. I can’t hide my enthusiasm and passion for what this instrument can lead to.

While I will never be a stand-up comedian, I find humor in so much of the human experience and love to share that.   Valuable learning takes place best in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. And, you know that wise parental advice of not talking to strangers? My mother taught me just the opposite, and I enjoy talking with anyone about any topic; I seem to have passed that gift on to our children too.

I work with both leaders and teams at organizations, and can work with you individually. It’s time to take those next steps toward the joy of being yourself.


Assessment Certifications


High Performing Systems, Inc.

ABLE (Assessment of Basic Leader Effectiveness) 360® (2014)

Emotional Intelligence qualification – EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360 (2013)

Center for Applications of Psychological Type
Gainesville, FL

Master Practitioner, MBTI® (2009)

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

Mediation Certification Training (2009)

Association for Psychological Type, Bethesda, MD

MBTI® Step II Qualification Course (2004)

Herrmann International, Lake Lure, NC

Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® Certification Course (2004)

Otto Kroeger Associates, Fairfax, VA

Strength Deployment Inventory® – Qualification Course (2004)

Coaching Executives (2004)

MBTI® Teambuilding Course (1994)

MBTI® Advanced Applications Course (1992)

Myers Briggs Type Indicator® – Qualification Course (1992)

 

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