personality style

Personality styles are an indicator of how we interact with people around us. By considering a communicaiton style model, employees can understand how their personality style effects interactions with others.

Personality style affects our interactions with others, and it is important in several aspects of organizational and personal life. People with different styles have different priorities and func­tion at different paces. These differences can create problems if they remain under the surface. If Joe is slow and thorough and Jane is fast and decisive, their working relationship will be stressful unless they are aware of each other’s preferences. Knowledge of personality styles prevents misinterpretation and frustration. Understanding personality style allows us to interpret the actions of others. If we are aware of another person’s typical behaviors, we can take these, Read More

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Or do you? Personality. It’s the part of your curriculum vitae that can’t be seen on paper and the driving force behind how you communicate, act as a leader, and get along with others. It’s the reason for success—and quite possibly the reason for failure. Characteristics of personality are witnessed every day, with every interaction. There’s the soft-spoken colleague who’s known to be a good listener. The no-nonsense client who refuses to hear a sales pitch. The poker-faced manager who’s difficult to interpret. And the bubbly work associate who, Read More

Maya Angelou We’ll be celebrating Labor Day this weekend – a time that reminds us how important we all are to one another.  Unless you’re out in the wild, growing your own food, building your own shelter, and keeping your mind occupied and spirit fulfilled with the endless wonders of the universe (but, come on – who’s really doing that?), you depend on other people to live the life you’re living. No matter how far from the front line you are, the people that work for and with you have an effect on you.  And you have an effect on, 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

Breakthrough Creativity: How to Use Your Talents to Gain a Competitive Advantage Hosted by HRDQ Presented by Lynne Levesque Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2 – 3pm (Eastern Time) Organizations that integrate creativity into their DNA achieve significant benefits, including better team performance, increased flexibility, greater retention rates, creative problem solving, and strategic decision making. Some say it’s the “secret sauce” that’s needed to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. But creativity isn’t limited to artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs. The fact is everyone is creative. Just as there are multiple styles of intelligence, there are multiple styles of creativity that, 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

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