ENTP: The INVENTOR
EXTROVERTED INTUITION THINKING PERCEIVING
Enneagram: The Producer Reader: The Originator
ENTPs make up about 3% of the US population
The best description for an ENTP is “clever”, as they are very quick minded and enjoy rising to any challenge that others say is “impossible!” They are known as the inventor, since from a young age they enjoy taking apart gadgets and understanding how mechanisms work. This “inventive” side can translate itself nicely to organizations-both the mechanical and social side of them. “With their innovative, entrepreneurial spirit, ENTPs are always on the lookout for a better way, always eyeing new projects, new enterprises, new processes. Always aiming to “build a better mousetrap.
ENTPs are keenly pragmatic, and often become expert at devising the most effective means to accomplish their ends. They are the most reluctant of all the types to do things in a particular manner just because that’s the way they have been done. As a result, they often bring fresh, new approaches to their work and play. They are intensely curious and continuously probe for possibilities, especially when trying to solve complex problems. ENTPs are filled with ideas, but value ideas only when they make possible actions and objects. Thus they see product design not as an end in itself, but as a means to an end, as a way of devising the prototype that works and that can be brought to market. ENTPs are confident in their pragmatism, counting on their ability to find effective ways and means when they need them, rather than making a detailed blueprint in advance. A rough idea is all they need to feel ready to proceed into action.
ENTPs often have a lively circle of friends and are interested in their ideas and activities. They are usually easy-going, seldom critical or carping. ENTPs can be engaging conversationalists, able to express their own complicated ideas and to follow the ideas of others. When arguing issues, however, they may deliberately employ debate skills to the serious disadvantage of their opponents.
ENTPs are usually non-conformists in the workplace, and can succeed in many areas as long as the job does not involve too much humdrum routine. They make good leaders on pilot projects that test their ingenuity. And they are skilled at engineering human relationships and human systems, quickly grasping the politics of institutions and always wanting to understand the people within the system rather than tell them what to do. No matter what their occupation, however, ENTPs display an extraordinary talent for rising to the demands of even the most impossible situations. “It can’t be done” is a challenge to an ENTP and elicits a reaction of “I can do it.”
Famous ENTPs: John Adams (2nd US president), Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, Walt Disney, Nicola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Tom Hanks, Céline Dion, Julia Child, George Carlin, and Alfred Hitchcock.
Careers: “Usually the most out-going of all the Rationals [NT types] is the Inventor (ENTP). That’s because they love bouncing their ideas off other people and seeing their reactions. It is not unusual to find this type in any job that requires new ideas and people contact. You might find them in politics, in real estate development, in advertising, in marketing, or in public relations. They could be a venture capitalist, a management consult, or a sports agent. As long as they have the opportunity to invent a new product or a new experience, they will shine. Says Donna, “We’d never tried landing on Mars using air bags and bouncing, but we did it. We took the risk, then checked out everything we could to limit the risk and we succeeded.”
ENTPs prefer careers where:
- Management allows people to be self directed
- There are several opportunities to demonstrate competence
- The culture appreciates fair but tough decision making
- The work offers the opportunity to rapidly change direction
- The work is fun and allows for some spontaneity
- The work allows you to work with a wide variety of people
- The work moves at a rapid, exciting pace
- The work involves theory and speculation
- The work involves creativity and imagination to problem solving
The Top 10 careers where ENTPs can really shine with their natural skills are:
- Marketing specialist
- Human Resources
- Project manager
Some other career titles include:
In Leadership roles ENTPs take on a Get-Things-Going leadership style.
“The theme is persuading and involving others. They thrive in facilitator or catalyst roles and aim to inspire others to move to action, facilitating the process. Their focus is on interaction, often with an expressive style. They Get-Things-Going with upbeat energy, enthusiasm, and excitement, which can be contagious. Exploring options and possibilities, making preparations, discovering new ideas, and sharing insights are all ways they get people moving along. They want decisions to be participative and enthusiastic, with everyone involved and engaged.” 16types.com
For ENTPs in relationships “falling in love occurs when they feel that there is a good fit with the other person. Often within the first meeting, ENTPs will know whether the relationship has any real potential. ENTPs may find it difficult to commit to anyone until the right person comes along. During this period, ENTPs explore the closeness until they can be certain that they have looked at all of the possibilities. Because of this, they are not likely to settle down early. Source: http://davefaq.com/Docs/ENTP.html
“ENTP’s goals for their intimate relationships are similar to their other personal goals: improvement and growth. They constantly ask themselves questions such as: How can the relationship be improved? Where is the relationship headed? Am I growing in the relationship?” Their natural partner is the INFJ or INTJ.