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Personality Style at Work book
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Personality can be the key to your success (or failure). Your personality. It’s the sum total of who you are and how you approach life. It drives your career choices, your performance, and what you choose to do in your free time. It can also be your competitive advantage, if you understand how it works and how to use it.

But getting to really know yourself and the nuances of your personality style, not to mention what drives the actions of your coworkers, managers, teams—and even whole organizations—takes more than intuition alone.

That’s why Personality Style at Work is a must read. read more

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From the author, Kate Ward

Your personality. It’s the sum total of who you are and how you approach every angle of life, from your career choices and performance to what you do in your free time. It can also be your competitive advantage if you understand how it works and how to use it.

But getting to really know yourself and the nuances of your personality style, not to mention what drives the actions of your coworkers, managers, teams—and even whole organizations—takes more than intuition alone. You must first discover what makes you, well, undeniably you.

HRDQ Style ModelThat’s why I chose the HRDQ Style Model™ as the backbone of my new book, Personality Style at Work: The Secret to Working with (Almost) Anyone.

For more than three decades, HRDQ has been a trusted developer of experiential learning resources that help to develop great people skills. Whether you are a frontline employee, high-ranking executive, or just someone who is inspired to learn and grow as an individual, their resources are guaranteed to initiate lasting change and improvement. And their HRDQ Style Model™ is no exception.

It will help you make sense of it all, and I’m excited they’ve allowed me to share it with you in the new book.

The result of years of expert research, development, and proven theory, the HRDQ Style Model is the formula thousands of individuals have relied upon to understand not only what makes them who they are—but those around them as well. Their model takes the complexity of personality and boils it down into four simple, memorable words: Direct, Spirited, Systematic, and Considerate. The meaning behind these terms is the key to unlocking what drives human behavior. And as a seasoned author, training consultant, and mature adult, I speak from experience when I say I’ve tapped into this model more times than I can count.

So if you want to become better skilled at communicating with others, leading cross-functional teams, clinching lucrative deals, or building a healthy rapport with others, getting to know the HRDQ Style Model is your first step. There isn’t an easier, more powerful way to understand the impact your personality style has on your life, both personal and professional.

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What people are saying...

"After reading Personality Style at Work, I assure you that you’ll see people differently; you’ll understand them better, and be able to deal with them in a way that will turn every interpersonal encounter into an opportunity for a mutual win."

Dr. Tony Alessandra
Author of The Platinum Rule and The NEW Art of Managing People

"Imagine the influence you might have by knowing the preferences of your superiors, colleagues, and subordinates. 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
Editor of The ASTD Leadership Handbook

"Work has changed. Constantly striving to do more with less of everything, people are stressed and tired. Little by little, it is clear that instead of being victims of our job, we must be leaders of our job. This requires careful understanding of our individual strengths and blindspots, something Personality Style does expertly. Kate has done a tremendous job using the Personality Style to help us each be the best we can be every day."

Lou Russell
CEO / Learning Facilitator
Russell Martin & Associates
Author of: IT Leadership Alchemy; The Accelerated Learning Fieldbook; Training Triage Leadership Training; Project Management for Trainers and 10 Steps to Successful Project Management

"Kate Ward's Personality Style at Work is a fresh and timely approach to the interplay of personality styles in the workplace. Filled with stories, humor, and simple common sense, Ward's book is a treasure trove of styles-based ideas that any working person can apply to his or her workday world. Ward's entertaining stories make the concepts come alive and the reality-based exercises help the reader internalize this useful information. The quick and easy self-assessment exercise at the end of the book is especially insightful. 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
Author of Training from the BACK of the Room

"We all need models for making sense of the world. In Personality Style at Work, Kate Ward presents a simple, useful model for looking at how personality style affects performance. A thoughtful and organized introduction, PSAW is an excellent resource for those taking their first dive into personality style. The book offers the opportunity for self-assessment, and based on the readers' own style, offers practical ideas about how to work more efficiently with those around us. A great find for anyone interested in improving their interactions, and improving their every day."

Geoff Bellman
Author of Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results

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In the News...

From American Express Open Forum: 4 Types Of Personalities Found in Every Office
By Vivian Giang

From What Your Workspace Says About You Examining Coworkers' Workspace Gives Clues About Their Personalities & Effectiveness
By Kate Ward

From Which Presidential Leadership Style Are You? Whether You're George Washington or FDR, Learning Your Leadership Style is Key
By Kate Ward

From Make Your Team's Personality Styles Mesh: Know Your Team's Personality Styles to be More Productive
By Kate Ward

From How to Make Better Career Decisions: Confused About What to do? Trust Your Gut!
By Kate Ward

From Soundview Executive Book Summaries: The Soundview Executive Book Alert Newsletter

From Women in Business: The Secret to Working with (almost) Anyone
An interview with Kate Ward

From SUCCESS: Discover Your Personality Style at Work
By Deborah Huso

From Life & Beauty Weekly: Are You Sabotaging Yourself at Work?
By Michele Meyer

From Leadership Excellence Magazine: Personality Style: Key to Effective Leadership(p 14)
By Kate Ward, Author of Personality Style at Work

From What's Your Personality Style? Find Out Why You Get Along with Certain People at Work
By Kate Ward, Contributing Writer and author of Personality Style at Work

From The Modesto Bee: WorkWise BlogTip: Personality matters when making career choices
By Mildred L. Culp

From MSN: 4 personality types on your work team
By Justin Thompson, CareerBuilder Writer

From Business Insider: The Secret To Working With 4 Different Types Of People
By Ashley Lutz

From Wall Street Journal's FINS Finance: Best Career Books for 2012
By Kelly Eggers

Listen to Kate's Interview on Kamloops 98.3 CIFM

Listen to Kate's Podcast on Salary Talk from

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One of 2012's best career books - Wall Street Journal
What people are saying about Personality Style at Work Rean an excerpt from the book Personality Style at Work
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