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Ask just about anyone whether if would score very differently than their spouse or significant other on a personality test, and the answer will overwhelmingly be, “Yes!” As the cliché goes, opposites attract. However, when I ask DISC training participants if they are as attracted to their opposites at work as they are in their personal lives the answer is inevitably, “Not a chance!” What accounts for this difference in approach? Why are we attracted to our opposite in our personal relationships but wary of our opposite in professional relationships? Here’s one answer: Opposites attract when you’re in a good mood., Read More

HRDQ Style Series

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. These styles reflect all aspects of our behavior and 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 which personality style we exhibit. The HRDQ Style Series offers eight personality assessments that target different aspects of work-life.  By examining some, Read More

Personality Style at Work

Personality is an attention-grabbing topic. It’s exciting to discover the root cause of your behavior and why you act the way you do. Not to mention, figuring out what makes people tick and how best to deal with them is downright fascinating—even a bit strategic. There are other reasons to pay attention to personality besides curiosity alone. Personality is what determines how we communicate, act as leaders, and get along with others. It drives career choices, performance track records, and organizational culture, just to name a few. Some of us understand the ins and outs of personality through intuition, gut, Read More

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

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