Embracing Diverse Personalities

Personalities, and the way that we handle them in the workplace, can be a difficult thing at times.  Maybe you’re sharing stories in a team-building exercise, chatting with customers, or placing an order with a vendor.  Either way, you have conversations that are driven by different personalities every single day, so it’s important to understand how to adjust, and the effect one personality type can have on another.

At Concept Technology, our team follows what’s known as the ‘DiSC Profile’.  The program uses a series of questions to determine which profile we match, and to what degree.  It guides the way we support each other, our clients, and it’s a savvy tool to learn more about ourselves.

Additionally, personality types can determine how someone interacts with other diverse personalities.  Managing Director of Winsborough Limited, Dave Winsborough, explores this concept in Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills.

Thus, evaluating the whole person can offer insights into how people are likely to work together, and can help flag areas of conflict and affinity.

– Dave Winsborough, Managing Director of Winsborough Limited

In The Science of Reading Your Coworkers’ Personalities, John D. Mayer, University of New Hampshire psychologist, says to consider these five personality traits when drawing relationship assessments:

  • Extraversion: How talkative, energetic, and assertive a person might be.
  • Agreeableness: How sympathetic, kind or affectionate is this person?
  • Conscientiousness: How organized and plan-oriented someone might be.
  • Neuroticism: How tense or moody vs. emotionally stable is this person?
  • Openness to new ideas: How imaginative, open-minded and insightful someone is.

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