Personality Style at Work: The Secret to Working with (Almost) Anyone

Personality Style at Work: The Secret to Working with (Almost) Anyone

Personality Style at Work: The Secret to Working with (Almost) Anyone


Named a “Best Career Book 2012” by FINS Finance

Personality Style at Work provides you with the insight and tools to understand your style and to adapt it to others’ preferences. Implement the concepts in this book to ensure that you will be a better communicator, team member, and leader.”
—ELAINE BIECH, author of The Business of Consulting and editor of The ASTD Leadership Handbook

“Kate has done a tremendous job using the Personality Style Model to help us each be the best we can be every day.”
—LOU RUSSELL, CEO/Learning Facilitator, Russell Martin & Associates, and author of IT Leadership Alchemy, The Accelerated Learning Fieldbook, Project Management for Trainers, and 10 Steps to Successful Project Management

Personality Style at Work is a fresh and timely approach to the interplay of personality styles in the workplace. You may not need this book if you are a hermit, but it is a must-read for anyone working on a daily basis with other people!”
—SHARON BOWMAN, international trainer and author of Training from the Back of the Room

“Kate Ward presents a simple, useful model for looking at how personality style affects performance. A great fi nd for anyone interested in improving their everyday interactions.”
—GEOFF BELLMAN, consultant and author of Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results

About the Book:

The most important business skill isn’t a skill at all. It’s your personality. And only when you develop a keen understanding of your personality style—and the styles of the people you deal with—will you reach your full potential as a business professional.

Personality Style at Work reveals the proven personality style model used by HRDQ, a trusted developer of training materials—giving you one of today’s most valuable tools for leading others, contributing to teams, effectively communicating with coworkers, and making better decisions.

This groundbreaking guide helps you achieve positive results in virtually any workplace situation. Whether you’re a high-level manager, a salesperson, a customer service professional, or an entry-level employee, you’ll learn why others behave as they do in specifi c situations and how to use that knowledge to turn every interpersonal encounter into a win-win scenario.

The HRDQ model has been administered to more than one million people—and it has generated remarkable results. It is based on four principal personality styles:

  • Direct: High assertiveness, low expressiveness
  • Spirited: High assertiveness, high expressiveness
  • Considerate: Low assertiveness, high expressiveness
  • Systematic: Low assertiveness, low expressiveness

Which one describes you? Knowing the answer is the first step to achieving consistently positive and productive personal interactions—which is why Personality Style at Work includes an assessment that you can take to identify your style.

Armed with this valuable self-assessment, you can adapt your behavior to create more practical, harmonious working relationships. Personality Style at Work opens the door to a whole new way of interacting with others in a way that benefits you, your coworkers, your customers, and your entire organization.

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  1. C.L. Mershon said,

    Wrote on June 1, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    Practical and helpful but not groundbreaking, April 27, 2012
    C.L. Mershon (Texas) –

    This review is from: Personality Style at Work: The Secret to Working with (Almost) Anyone (Hardcover)

    “….. conflict, miscommunication, leadership failure, lack of engagement, high turnover, quality problems and even poor individual and team performance can all have as their root cause a difference in personality “fit” between coworkers” pg. xiii

    This is by far one of the most practical guides to communication in a work environment that I have ever read. I personally am in business-to-business sales and as such am required to interact with a broad range of people. Some of these people are over the top talkative and need to hear personal stories to relate and build rapport. Other people are very analytical and wish only to hear the details of a product or contract to make a situation and the list goes on. The real problem is in recognizing these different personality traits and then being able to respond accordingly. Trust me, if you start telling an analytical person about an incident that happened recently with your dog; you are guaranteed a train wreck in the conversation. In my mind that is where this book really shines. For instance, CH 3 is titled “Recognizing Personality Traits” and is very through. One of the tools that it gives you is to observe a person’s work space and then determine their personality/communication style. I love this because upon meeting a new person it allows me to make a broad but accurate guess at their personality and then proceed with the conversation accordingly. That’s Awesome!! Additional ways to recognize how people communicate, which the book covers, are how people learn, body language and verbal cues. Like I said, very very practical.

    This book is immediately helpful in the business world, but I think could also be very useful in non-working relationships as well.


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  2. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on June 1, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Understandg workplace personalities., May 19, 2012

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    This review is from: Personality Style at Work: The Secret to Working with (Almost) Anyone (Hardcover)

    Brilliant, unique and fascinating read! Kate Ward has insight and shares in her distinctive style, countless insight into the complex and diverse workplace personalities.

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on June 1, 2012 @ 11:24 am

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    Easy-to-understand Resource on Personality Styles, May 10, 2012
    Shirley Fine Lee (Texas) –

    This review is from: Personality Style at Work: The Secret to Working with (Almost) Anyone (Hardcover)

    Personality assessments are used by many companies for hiring people, building teams, training, and leadership development. Kate Wards’ book “Personality Style at Work” takes a look at the four styles from the HRDQ model: direct, spiritual, considerate, and systematic. The author explains how the model is divided into quadrants using assertiveness and expressiveness scales to determine which style a person may have. After learning ones personal style and identifying the styles of others, everyone can better learn to work together. Work is improved via written and spoken communications designed towards other styles, team cooperation and collaboration by understanding differences, and leadership through knowing how to involve and motivate others. Many personality assessments do these things for companies. Also for career counseling, some profiles explain how to use the assessment for career planning by determining what the individual may be good at based on their personal preferences. This book includes finding the right career based on a preferred style or adapting a style to the current organizational culture (explains how organizations also have their own style) in order to be successful in the last part of the 5-part book. The final 4 pages of the book include a short assessment for use in verifying the reader’s primary style, as well as a website in case a more in-depth assessment is desired.

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