What’s My Communication Style

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

A great place to start creating a vibrant, productive, forward-thinking environment is for individuals to begin self-assessing their communication styles and tendencies. In doing so – and identifying one as having a direct, spirited, considerate, or systematic communication style – skills can be developed and refined, leaders can be motivated to build symbiotic bridges with their team members, and great strides forward will happen. It’s not just about everyone getting along. It’s about creating a dynamic, progressive environment where great ideas are articulately expressed, eagerly absorbed, and creatively acted upon. Part of the bestselling HRDQ Style Series, the communication assessment, Read More

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

By Martin Delahoussaye, Vice President, Publishing, HRDQ Ask anyone in your organization and I bet they can easily identify a coworker they feel they work well with and another with whom they find, let’s say, ‘challenging’. Some people seem to click and others seem to clash. The reasoning behind this has a lot to do with personality style. Some style combinations are more complementary than others. If you want the people in your organization to make meaningful improvements to their relationships, there is no better place to start than personality style. It’s square one for interpersonal skills development, and it’s, 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

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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