communication style

In 450BC, Confucius said, “Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Let me do and I understand.” Thousands of years later, this Chinese proverb still rings true. If you want people to truly learn and internalize a new skill, you can’t just tell them how—even in a world filled with high-tech gadgets and information at the fingertips. They must do it. So when our clients started asking us for learning tools to supplement the HRDQ Style Series assessments, we knew what step to take next. Voila! The Personality Style Toolkit: 20 Activities for Understanding, Developing, and Flexing, Read More

Do you recognize this cast of workplace characters?  The “my way or the highway” tough guy (or girl), the gossipy saboteur, and the quiet pushover.  It’s fair to say just about every organization has them. But then there’s the one who always seems to get his or her point across. The assertive one.  The one who is calm, confident, and communicates with a synergistic attitude. I’m sure you agree that your organization needs more people to assume this role. In today’s complex business world, collaboration is no longer a nicety. It’s an expectation that’s paramount to our success. From resolving, Read More

We are social creatures. We often enjoy listening to each other’s musings and rants almost as much as we enjoy listening to ourselves deliver similar pontifications. How often have you, as you absently nodded and grunted acquiescence, been simply thinking of what you needed to say next? Well, in a business setting, such (dare I say egocentric?) communication practices will not lead to the furthering of any ventures or tasks. Rather, they will impede any possible hopes for productivity and success. However, as individuals, and despite our occasional forays into borderline narcissistic communication tendencies, we all bring our unique strengths, Read More

Play Your Cards Right! How to Use Card Games to Increase Learning Outcomes Presented by Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan & Tracy Tagliati Wednesday, June 4, 2014 2-3pm ET Have you ever tried your hand at playing cards in the training classroom? Card games motivate people to take an active role in the learning process, provide a wide variety of experiences in a highly engaging context, and promote quick mastery of new skills. Not only are card games fun to play—they make learning really stick. And we’ve got the industry’s most-respected experts lined up to show you exactly how. Join Dr., 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

Communication is about more than transferring information from one person to another.  It’s how we learn, how we build relationships, where we place value, how we are productive, what we hold on to – it’s a part of everything in our work lives. It includes how we build messages (what we choose to say and how we choose to say it), how we receive messages (how we listen and what we perceive in others), and how we are perceived by others (knowing how to shape that perception and effectively work with others). There is immeasurable value in developing communication styles. , Read More

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