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By Michael Bungay Stanier
Moving in the direction you’re aiming for at work, be it by promotion, title change or new responsibilities, will generally make you feel great.
By Ed Hennessy Over the last year I’ve begun to see a trend in articles and blogs with people stating that “so and so has a high EQ or low EQ” simply by what they’ve seen, heard, or read about that person.
Conflict Resolution Personalities really come out when a conflict arises. Everyone seems to fall back on their default characteristics and natural instincts. And in the context of stress and tension, those qualities may not always the best. Conflict can bring out competitiveness, passive aggressiveness, anger, or withdrawal. When employees know these basic personality facts about themselves, they’re more likely to notice them in sticky situations and can act to combat them for a more empathetic and productive conversation.
Teamwork Everyone has a different strength while working as part of a team. Some are natural leaders, some are creative brainstormers, and some are organized and keep everyone on task—and there are many more roles to play. Understanding personality style is key for effective teamwork. When employees understand their unique strengths and roles on a team, they’re more apt to contribute to it.
Managing Up Understanding personal strengths and weaknesses can help employees understand how to work more effectively as well. This level of personal understanding can empower a deeper relationship between managers and employees, informing effective conversations about how to grow.
Leadership Self-awareness isn’t just helpful for employees reporting up into managers. It’s even more important for managers and leaders to understand themselves and their team. Part of personal development is understanding what kind of leader you are. How do you navigate stress? How do you make decisions? How do you delegate work? What about your employees? Knowing these basic personality traits gives leaders a framework by which to understand how they lead, how they can improve their leadership, and how they can empower employees to do the same.Self-awareness plays a crucial role in company culture and organizational success—from interns all the way up to senior leadership. HRDQ-U offers a range of personality style training events to help you facilitate these conversations and get all employees thinking about who they are and how they’re showing up in the workplace.