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Personality assessments, i.e., DiSC, MBTI, Berkman, etc., and work styles workshops continue to be in demand. We recently received the following request from the trainer of a national organization:

I will be giving presentations / workshops in California, New York, and Arkansas … about the different personality types 9 jul 2009 … buy zyban without prescription, compare zyban prices, zyban in uk, buy zyban no prescription required, cheapest generic zyban online, …  …  I am looking for an activity for the participants to do that will point out that tasks are easier to complete if ALL types are participating.  Any ideas?

First of all, I may have misunderstood her request, but I’m not sure that we can actually state that tasks are *easier* if all styles are participating.  The *ease* or efficiency with which a group completes a task or project has more to do with other factors, like goal clarity, team roles, and how efficient their actual work and team processes are (see more on team effectiveness factors here).  One could argue that having all styles involved in the project would initially make projects take longer as everyone learns the communication and “pace” of the other styles.

Regarding work styles, what we can online canadian pharmacy store! buy doxycycline price of Asacol hyclate 100mg capsules . next day delivery, buy doxycycline 500mg. say with some certainty is

  • we each have preferred ways of going about our work, and there are typical patterns that people share (e.g., the four behavioral styles of Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness in the DiSC model);
  • individually, we will each be more successful if the tasks and overall work environment is supportive of our particular style;
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  • A team composed largely or one or two styles will produce work in a manner that reflects that style.  For example, the Conscientiousness (if you use DiSC) or Analytical team will tend to produce very detailed work, will tend to work individually with minimal discussion, and may struggle with bringing tasks to completion, while the Influence (from DiSC) or Social/Creative style will tend to push the boundaries more, “draw outside of the lines,” and do the task itself as a group; and
  • A balanced team, when the team members understand style, and they structure the work so that I’m able to operate within my style strengths, can result in more successful work and a more fulfilling team experience.

Based on these principles, here is a variation that any knowledgeable work styles trainer (of whatever brand) could use to i want to buy non generic baclofen 60 25 mg 243.26$ baclofen 90 pills used for? who makes baclofen 90 pills 25 mg. buy baclofen licensed canadian pharmacy online offers generic doxycycline medication. buy doxycycline online from reliable canada pharmacy, credit cards accepted,  overseas cheap explain and illustrate them in a workshop.  (And for those trainers who wish to know, I anticipate this to be approximately a four hour workshop …)

  1. Administer and score your styles instrument.  If possible, do this before the workshop begins and don’t reveal the results until after the next step.
  2. Group your participants by style (again, you know but they don’t), give each team a set of markers, and have each of the four teams produce on flipchart “the ideal _______” (you’ll need to supply what goes in the blank – something pertinent to the group you are training … with a group of trainers/HR folk, the task might be “your ideal training venue”).  When all groups are finished, have each team display its product.  Debrief the exercise by noting the differences in both the product and how each team went about producing its product.  You should notice quite a bit of difference in both areas: when I’ve facilitated a similar activity, I’ve noticed that the high Dominance team tends to pick one color (black), be strictly about the business, produce a functional rendering of what you requested, and be finished (and ready to move on) first.  High Influence folk will take more time, laugh a bit more, and have more fun with the task itself (the ideal training venue has had waterfalls outside of the conference room, decorations inside, and an open bar …).  Enjoy noting how their products, and how they went about their products, were different.  This should set you up nicely to do the next step.
  3. Teach “the basics” about each style.
  4. Discuss how teams work differently, depending upon how homogeneous the team.  Refer back to the drawing activity that they completed earlier.  Ask how this might have been different in mixed teams.
  5. Present them with one (almost any) of the activities on our website labeled “PSI” or Problem Solving Initiative.  My favorites for this type of work are Keypunch and dapoxetine 60 mg price in india Dapoxetine online Priligy without prescriptionorder dapoxetine Inventory Transfer.  (I use another called “Traffic Jam” that I haven’t uploaded yet, which you might want to Google).  Pick one that you like and that will really challenge the group (the more challenge, the better).  Finish your activity instructions to them by suggesting that they recall some of the style strengths (you may even want them to list a few for you before you continue) and that they deliberately employ these in their process.  Set them to work and observe.
  6. Debrief the activity based around styles:
    1. what style differences they observed
    2. what style strengths came into play
    3. what style strengths might have come into play, but weren’t accessed.
  7. Brainstorm with the group those tasks or projects which require multiple inputs, or which might benefit from multiple points of view.  Lead a discussion on how each style might add to the success of a particular project.  Ask what challenges might be encountered, both by the team as a whole and by individuals who have to adjust to other styles.  Ask the group for practical suggestions on how to overcome these obstacles to ensure project success.
  8. Conclude with “Commitments to Action.”  (Workshops which don’t result in changed behavior are, in a real sense, a waste of resources.)  Based upon the information discussed, what will participants
    1. Continue to do (with more intentionality and conviction)?
    2. Do differently?
    3. Stop doing altogether?
order Topamax Clients have responded well to this and similar approaches.  Give it a shot and let us know how it went.  We respond to comments and questions ;-)
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