"The Portrait of the Inventor (eNTp)
Copyrighted \xA9 1996-2001 Prometheus Nemesis Book Company.
Of the four aspects of strategic analysis and definition it is the functional engineering or inventive role that reaches the highest development in
Inventors. It is so natural for these individuals to practice devising gadgets and mechanisms, that they start doing it even as young children.
And they get such a kick out of it that they really never stop exercising their inventive bent. Of course as this kind of activity is practiced
some structural engineering inevitably happens, so that the next kind of skill to develop in the Inventor is that of designing. Now planning
contingencies and marshalling forces, though practiced in some degree in the course of engineering activity, develop more slowly and are
soon left behind by the burgeoning of talent in engineering. However, any kind of strategic exercise tends to bring added strength to both
engineering and organizing skills.
As the Inventors' engineering capabilities increase so does their desire to let others know about whatever has come of their engineering
efforts. So they tend to take up an informative role in their social exchanges. On the other hand they have less and less desire, if they ever
had any, to direct the activities of others, doing so only when forced to by circumstances.
As engineers of function Inventors wish to exercise their competence in the world of people and things, and thus they deal imaginatively with
social systems as well as physical and technological systems. They are very alert to what is apt to occur next-under certain conditions, if
certain criteria are met-and they are always sensitive to possibilities. Found in two percent (at most) of the population, Inventors are good at
functional analysis, and have both a tolerance for and enjoyment of complex problems. Outgoing and intensely curious, Inventors are apt to
express interest in finding out about everything they come into contact with, and this can be a source of inspiration to others, who find
themselves admiring the Inventor's insatiable hunger for knowledge. Inventors are also endlessly inventive, and are the most reluctant of all
the types to do things in a particular manner just because that is the way things have always been done. They characteristically have an eye
out for a better way, always on the lookout for new projects, new activities, new procedures. Inventors are confident in the value of their
interests and display a charming capacity to ignore the standard, the traditional, and the authoritative. As a result of this innovative attitude,
they often bring fresh, new approaches to their work and their lives.
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