Bridging the Communication Divide: Playing Up Your Style for Better Communication

By Martin Delahoussaye, Vice President, Publishing, HRDQ

Ask anyone in your organization and I bet they can easily identify a coworker they feel they work well with and another with whom they find, let’s say, ‘challenging’. Some people seem to click and others seem to clash. The reasoning behind this has a lot to do with personality style. Some style combinations are more complementary than others. If you want the people in your organization to make meaningful improvements to their relationships, there is no better place to start than personality style. It’s square one for interpersonal skills development, and it’s especially vital to effective communication.

When a proven communication-style model meets expert game design.

I’m thrilled to announce the release of Bridging the Communication Divide, an exciting new experiential game that connects the proven HRDQ Style Model with our long history of expert design. More than a year in the making, it joins our line of classic adventure games, such as Tall Ships, Jungle Escape, and the award-winning Mars Surface Rover. Built on the DNA of the highly effective HRDQ Style Model, Bridging the Communication Divide makes it possible for everyone in your organization—from frontline employees to management team members and everyone in between—to not only experience firsthand the effect that personality style has on communication, but also, practice strategies for improving their interactions with coworkers.

An imaginary scenario that yields real results.

The adventure begins when you, acting as Peace Corps Liaison officer, send your audience, a group of Peace Corps volunteers, to a remote location on a mission to build a bridge. Split into two teams, they must work together to build and connect two halves of the bridge, all the while adopting behaviors consistent with one of four personality styles. But, little do they know, their teams are made up of opposing personality styles. This is where the real challenge arises, just as it would in the everyday workplace.

After what will inevitably result in a frustrating task, the teams are introduced to the HRDQ Style Model and its four personality styles: Direct, Spirited, Considerate, and Systematic. Here they learn the characteristics associated with each, why the styles can sometimes clash, identify with one of the four styles, and then discover how to “flex” their behavior to improve interactions. With this knowledge, the teams attempt the exercise once again which is when the ‘a-ha’ moments occur. You’ll be amazed at the marked difference in communication as individuals exercise their new-found “flexing” skills.

We designed Bridging the Communication Divide with flexibility in mind—use as a standalone 3.5-hour activity or in conjunction with the bestselling assessment, What’s My Communication Style?. Regardless, you can rest assured—when the fun starts, the learning begins!

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