Kate Ward

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

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

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

For literally thousands of years, people have been asking the question, “What’s the deal with me?” In Classical times, “what we are” was the same thing as “who we are.”  The physical body was fundamentally connected to the “I” (the personality) and the deed/action.  Classical physician Hippocrates noted signs from the body that related to the disposition and personality.  He called these physical/behavioral pairings the Four Humors, and related each to an element of nature (fire, water, wind, earth): Classical notions of ideal forms (developed by Hippocrates’ contemporary, Plato) found resurgence during the modernist period.  People had, in the face, Read More

FREE WEBINAR Hosted by HRDQ Presented by Kate Ward Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:00am – 12:00pm eastern time The topic of personality in the workplace has always been a popular subject. And for a good reason. That’s because personality is the root source of our behavior, our actions, our performance. It determines how we communicate, influence as leaders, and get along with others. On a larger scale, personality shapes team dynamics—and even sets the tone of an organization’s culture. It can also become a competitive advantage, if people understand how it works and how to use it. Join author Kate Ward, Read More

A Guest Post by Personality Style at Work author Kate Ward. With the Fourth of July behind us, and an election just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about our American presidents. Four in particular, whom most people would agree were effective leaders: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Each led from a distinct strength and Personality Style, and I believe that was the key to their effectiveness. Envision the future: This was Thomas Jefferson’s strength. Jefferson was a visionary who could picture a very different United States with the addition of the Louisiana Purchase. People, Read More

Learning about Personality Style isn’t all about getting along.  People with different Personality Styles approach and respond to conflict in different ways.  In order to address and work through conflict to positive resolutions, we have to communicate effectively.  A thorough understanding – not only of those with whom we are in conflict – but of ourselves, can take us a long way in improving our everyday interactions.  If we can’t understand why we react the way we do in conflict, how can we conduct ourselves effectively? In Kate Ward’s Personality Style at Work, she writes: Communication becomes much more challenging, Read More

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