communication style inventory

Whether you’re looking to get ahead in your career or training employees in your organization, a communication style inventory is the key to developing effective communication skills.

Does your company train coaching skills for managers? Do they realize an effective coach rounds up individuals and provides them with the tools and resources necessary to harness what pre-existing skills and talents each individual possesses in order to work collaboratively on reaching a mutually-accepted outcome? Do they know if this is done with intelligent enthusiasm and vision, all parties involved will reap professional – and personal – benefits? Some coaches will covet a capacity to grandiosely lord over others. Some coaches will make errors and do everything possible to cover up the transgressions, only to move forward making the same mistakes., Read More

“Influencing” is the ability to win others to your way of thinking, to get people to like you, to be persuasive, to be able to change people’s minds without resentment. To be able to effectively influence someone is an art. The Art of Influencing Others is a training program designed to help you and your employees do the following: Build rapport and develop genuine relationships Improve communication skills, including verbal and nonverbal messages, to be more effective with others Recognize common barriers to communication Understand and use communication styles to tailor your communications Resolve conflicts The purpose of this training, Read More

 You have to put yourself out to do it. ~David Hockney In our work-lives, most of our decisions and actions are based on information that we receive form others.  So, when we work together, we need to make sure that we’re all equipped with accurate and complete information. Each of us shares responsibility for the transmission and reception of information, and being a good listener is a fundamental part of that responsibility.  We don’t always get to choose the medium through which we communicate a message, and it’s even rarer that we are able to choose how we receive one., Read More

A Guest Post from Laurie Ribble Libove Laurie Ribble Libove, MS is a specialist in strategic human resource management and organizational development.  She is the author and co-author of several HRDQ training tools, including Leading Change at Every Level, Trust: The Ultimate Test, and The Comprehensive Leader. With the improving job market, this fall finds many people in new positions, eager to establish themselves as trustworthy employees. Whether you’re a new college grad settling into your first “real” job or a seasoned professional who has recently landed a fresh opportunity, one of your first concerns as a new hire is to secure the trust, Read More

When employees become supervisors, just as with any time their position within a workflow changes, they need to put a new set of skills to use. Regardless of their technical expertise, all supervisors need a specific set of soft skills to fill their role successfully.  As a supervisor, they are a translator, a communicator, a planner, and a coach.  They are accountable to the organization they work for, the employees they supervise, and the other groups and individuals involved in the work their team puts out. For their organization, supervisors serve as a translator – they create actionable plans based, 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

Collaboration is a risk.  And, just like any other, it needs to be managed. There are a lot of potential obstacles and pitfalls associated with collaborating, so sometimes it seems easier to just proceed individually.  But, failing to take a chance on collaboration is a risk improperly managed. That is not to say that it is always the best way to accomplish a goal.  Collaboration is a method of problem-solving – an option that’s intended to facilitate progress and improve results by combining the strengths and knowledge-bases of contributors.  It should not be a burden or detriment to a project,, Read More

Navigating the ins and outs of teamwork can be as difficult as trekking through the jungle.  In the jungle we can try to push through the dense vegetation with no tools – just like we can push teams to work together – but without the right tools we just get nowhere. Teamwork is vital to the workplace but we often don’t know how to deal with teams when conflicts arise and productivity drops.  So, where and how do you start addressing these problems with teamwork?  By demonstrating how a well-oiled team acts and thinks. A well-oiled team recognizes the impact, 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

And honestly, that’s pretty awesome.  Once we let go of the constructs that frame positive change, we see that it is possible – and happening – everywhere.  Learning is happening everywhere, all the time. Learning is great – it makes you strong and self-sufficient.  It makes you able to travel through social spaces, figure out what’s right and wrong, and help those in need around you.  To make learning possible and accessible to others is one of the most valuable things you can do for them. As a trainer, you are always looking for the most efficient ways to deliver, Read More

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