Happy New Year, Everybody!  Have you made your resolution yet?  Neither have I.  Let’s do it together – and make it count. The HRDQ Style Model is an accurate and accessible model of Personality Style, based on an individual’s levels of assertiveness and expressiveness.  It defines four styles (Direct, Spirited, Systematic, and Considerate), that describe sets of natural behavioral tendencies. Because these styles reflect all aspects of our behavior, they represent both effective and ineffective choices.  Once we’ve developed an appropriate awareness of our own behaviors, we can resolve to choose more effective actions.  We can start by finding out, Read More

Halloween is tomorrow, you guys.   I know.  You’re all going to be Miley Cyrus.  But wouldn’t it be nice if your costume matched your Personality Style?  I think it would.  So let’s figure out which classic movie monster you should be for Halloween! Personality Style is a sum of natural tendencies that can be observed by the people around you.  It’s a disposition to information processing and communication styles that is measured by expressiveness and assertiveness.  By expressiveness, I mean the extent to which you share your emotions, and by assertiveness, I mean the extent to which you try to influence, Read More

On this day in 1950, the first Peanuts comic strip was published.  The series met with great success and transcended social movements and media. One of the things that makes Peanuts work so well is the difference in each characters’ Personality Style – it opens the door for conflict, reflection, and growth by learning from others.  We like to watch the characters disagree about fundamentals and fall in love with each other’s peculiar traits.  There are no “good guys” or “bad guys” – there are likeable and frustrating aspects of each personality, just as in life. And, as in life, love, Read More

A guest-post from Kate Ward, author of Personality Style at Work, first posted on salary.com Recent surveys have estimated that over 132 billion business emails are sent and received each day. With that much communication going on through emails, there’s lots of room for confusion and misunderstandings – especially if you are unaware of how your personality style is perceived by others. Follow these tips to make sure you are on the same wavelength as the recipient of your email. Direct Style Emails: When exchanging emails with a person with the Direct style, keep it short and to the point. Jump in, Read More

When seeking sustainable performance improvement, it’s important to look at things holistically.  Personality is not separate from performance, just as relationships are not separate from teamwork. Knowing that, it’s often easiest to make large-scale changes by unpacking complicated, synthetic concepts like performance, and making sure that each component is cared for.  Personality is a good place to start.  Performance, when broken down, is a series of decisions – behavioral choices – that we use to accomplish our goals.  It’s important to know where these decisions come from and how they affect one another.  Our preference for certain types of decisions, Read More

What your workspace tells about your co-workers and your communication styles. Throwing away old papers? Dusting off that top shelf? During your office spring cleaning, take a closer look around your workspace. Does your desk have an endless supply of papers strewn across it; or is it so clear of clutter that you can see every inch of the desk with charts and graphs on your wall? Are papers arranged in neat organized piles?  Or mixed with personal photos and some clutter? Your work space can provide insight into your personality style. Personal style is developed over time and revealed, Read More

Personality Style affects all aspects of our work life – especially time management.  Just as with social situations involving different groups of people, we approach time management differently depending on what we’re doing. When thinking about time management, it’s important to consider not just the nature of the task, but the other people involved.  Team members, managers, and other stakeholders may have very different methods of time management than we do.  And while we cannot control the behaviors of others, and most often can’t choose who we work with, we can make our time-management style align more closely for a, Read More

On St, Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish.  It’s not really about ethnicity or religion – it’s about finding things that are special and unique in us and in others, and celebrating them.  It’s about being aware and appreciative of differences. But more than that, it’s an acknowledgement that behavior is a choice.  We can shape our interactions and interpersonal relationships by choosing certain behaviors. On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone incorporates the good, fun parts of the signifier “Irish” into their own behavior.  In the same regard, we can all flex our Personality Style to incorporate positive aspects of other styles, Read More

In 1999 the Mars Climate Orbiter burned up as it entered the Martian atmosphere after $125 million spent in development and nine months of travel. The cause? A lapse in communication. It all came crashing down because the navigation team and the designers of the spacecraft weren’t communicating essential information in a common language; one used English measurements and the other used metric to relay vital data. “It is very difficult for me to imagine how such a fundamental, basic discrepancy could have remained in the system for so long,” John Pike, Space Policy Director at the Federation of American Scientists,, Read More

Our Personality Style comes through every day, whether we are conscious of it or not.  Awareness allows us to take control of – and improve – our interpersonal relationships.  Developing an understanding of our Personality Style can be the first step in improvement.  This Halloween, you can start by choosing to celebrate your style.  Obviously, you were planning on being a Ninja Turtle.  I didn’t even have to ask.  But which one should you be? Do you have a Direct style? Raphael embodies the Direct style.  Never hesitating to take action, he’s always ready when the team encounters conflict and, Read More

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