Workplace personalities… which are you?

Take a look at the different personality types below; identify your colleagues and direct reports, and use their personality strengths to drive results in your organization.

Commanding Drivers focus on tasks, goals and the bottom line. They take charge and make decisions quickly even if they do not have all the details. Often, they can be blunt, rude, condescending and/or sarcastic – without realizing it. They need the freedom to explore alternative options. They do not prefer to work beside other team members, and will do better on their own or leading the team. They speak loudly and confidently, so you must do the same to keep Commanding Drivers on task. Have them work on individual projects, whenever possible, and give them accolades on how they took the lead to resolve a challenging situation.

Enthusiastic Adventurers keep their eye on the goal: the very high goal. They have strong egos and are not hesitant about using it to their advantage. They are fast-paced and get restless easily – they need a lot of variety. They also enjoy challenges – either challenges to achieve goals or to accomplish the “impossible”. Debates and confrontation are an everyday part of life. Often, they use their hands for emphasis while talking or making a point. Assign Enthusiastic Adventurers to start new projects, particular those that need kick-offs full of excitement. Reward them with public recognition for their work, and praise them in front of others.

High Energizers can quickly become frustrated with others who do not match their pace. Optimists, they have a very outgoing, creative personality, thriving in the company of others, especially in a fun environment. However, their inattention to details can cause them to let things slip through the cracks, especially when under pressure. Their need for change has a direct effect on their leaving partially completed projects for others to finish. Give High Energizers the chance to lead a group meeting, particularly one for brainstorming or motivating. Allow them to share their creative thoughts but rein them in if their conversations go off on a tangent. Reward them with lavish public praise on how they inspired others.

Summary: These three personality types tend to work fast – whether walking, talking or making decisions. They need to be in control of situations. They generally are “big picture” visionaries and do not work well with details. They have strong personalities with little or no patience; they can quickly become irritated and verbally annoying. They prefer being to the point and focused on the end result. Because of this, it is not unusual for others to perceive them as unfriendly and arrogant. They may not receive negative feedback very well. They often take a forceful approach, either hostile-like or extremely persuasive. Situations become all about “them” and how weak or soft they appear to others. Black-and-white thinking prevails; they always have a need to “win.” Use these personality types to your advantage by assigning them to work on projects that need a strong dynamic leader. Motivate them in the workplace by giving them bottom-line outcomes and let them fly!

Supporting Cheerleaders need to be accepted by the group. They avoid conflict and can’t understand why everyone can’t get along. They are loyal – to their family and friends and also to their group, to their leader and to the company. They may have difficulty staying focused on both the big picture and the small details. They will handle “feelings” before they do business. They are the team members that smooth over the ruffled feathers of others. When you first approach them, engage in small talk before focusing on the business reason for the visit or phone call.

Dependable Stabilizers enjoy a steady slower pace, and are very team-focused. They need their routines, and the status quo gives them comfort. They are low risk-takers, and will see what everyone will do first. They are flexible, and get along well with others. They tend to shy away from conflict and disagreements. Once you give the Dependable Stabilizers tasks to do, you can rest assured it will be thoroughly completed by the due date. They may not respond to a question or request immediately – they will think it through and carefully compose their response. Allow them this time.

Analyzing Perfectionists are introverted, work at a slower pace and prefer to work alone. Cautious by nature, they will check, double-check and recheck their figures and conclusions. They tend to analyze and logically walk through mounds of details, information and progressions. If there are any flaws in a program, the Analyzing Perfectionists will uncover them and provide appropriate resolutions. When they express emotions, they more easily express frustration, discontent or disparagement than happiness, excitement or praise.

Summary: These three personality types are more flexible, slower-paced and need step-by-step processes. They seek stability and routine, and usually are not prepared to make a decision on the spot. Their preference is to process information in their own minds, at their own pace. They avoid interpersonal conflict and may become withdrawn and stubborn as their discomfort escalates. They don’t see the need for the conversation and would prefer everyone “Just come to work and do their job – then there would be no conflict.” Use these personality types to your advantage by assigning them to work on routine or inefficient detail processes or procedures. Motivate them in the workplace by praising their consistency, accuracy and teamwork.

Appreciating the differences of your team members, and the value of their distinctions, makes for a more comfortable work environment. Let each of them know how you value their strengths, and work with them to use those strengths. This will have a positive impact on your bottom line results.

About the author:
Shari Frisinger, corporate trainer, consultant and speaker, helps companies with management, communication and teamwork challenges. She is the author of the forthcoming book “Communication Replugged,” which is based on nearly 10 years of research on how effective communication can lead to exceptional leadership and teamwork. As president of CornerStone Strategies LLC, she’s worked with companies of all sizes, including Pfizer, General Mills and Johnson & Johnson. To learn more, visit www.cornerstonestrategiesllc.comor call 281-992-4136.

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Do you believe in the Personal Brand?

The Personal Brand, or individual brand is the brand a person builds around themselves, normally to enhance their career opportunities. Often associated with how people portray and market themselves via media. The jury’s out on whether this should be called a form of brand because whilst it may be a way to add value, it often lacks a business model to commercialize the strategy.

Wine Walk Holiday Hours in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Holiday hours are below.

Passports are available for $65 at the Carmel Visitor Center or online at http://www.CarmelWineWalk.org. The passport tickets do not expire and provides you with a full tasting at your choice of any 9 of the 14 tasting rooms.

Carmel Wine Walk

Enjoy your holidays with all of the 14 tasting rooms on the Carmel Wine Walk! The on-going self guided, self paced tour on the Carmel Wine Walk leads you through the premier tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea and provides free corkage at several restaurants in Carmel.

Holiday hours are below.

Passports are available for $65 at the Carmel Visitor Center or online at http://www.CarmelWineWalk.org. The passport tickets do not expire and provides you with a full tasting at your choice of any 9 of the 14 tasting rooms.

Tasting Room Christmas Eve Christmas New Years Eve New Years Day
Hours Hours Hours Hours
Alexander Smith Closed Closed 12pm – 7pm closed
Blair Estate 12pm – 6pm closed 12pm – 6pm closed
Caraccioli Cellars 12pm- 4pm closed 1pm-7pm 12pm-7pm
Dawn’s Dream 1pm – 6pm closed 1pm – 6pm 1pm – 6pm
De Tierra Vineyards 2pm – 5pm closed 2pm – 6pm 2pm…

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For a Better Life, Do This Simple Thing Every Week

“The mental space created by long rambles offers the stressed and scattered the time and brain real estate needed not only to solve specific problems, but also to gain perspective on their own lives and rebalance out-of-whack lifestyles.”

TIME

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This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was originally published at Inc.com.

In recent years, walking has gone from a generally healthful mode of transport to a public health crusade. Why? Lately, science has shown sitting all day to be the newest public health menace, right behind Big Macs and cigarettes on the list of things that will shorten your life and damage your body. The silver lining to this evolving line of research is that fighting back seems to be as simple as getting up and wandering around for a few minutes every hour or so (standing desks are another option).

An occasional stroll, therefore, has become akin to a morning vitamin or regular cancer screening–something you know you really ought to do. There’s no denying the truth of the necessity…

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In Hong Kong, One-Bedroom Apartments That Could Fit in a Bedroom

There are breathtaking views of Victoria Harbor from a 23rd-floor apartment that recently sold for $722,000 in the new Le Riviera building. The high-end German appliances and marble countertops evoke European luxury. In the entrance of the building, colorful wire mesh sculptures by Spanish artists hang from the ceiling.

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There is just one catch. The apartment is only 275 square feet, with a bedroom just large enough to accommodate a double bed.

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10 Unconventional Habits to Live Distraction-Less

by Joshua Becker : Becoming Minimalist

“Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.” — Ann Voskamp

Our world has become a constant feed of information, noise, and entertainment. Our phones live not just in our pockets, but in front of our eyes. The influence of the Internet and its constant stream of information is accessible from nearly corner of our world. Breaking news breaks into our day at breakneck speed. And we are fed messages relentlessly from advertisements on nearly every flat surface. Each distraction enters our mind with one goal: Gain control of our attention and resources.

As a result, we live distracted lives and our ability to focus, create, and accomplish suffers significantly. It is increasingly clear that distractions are not going away on their own. Instead, the responsibility is ours to live attentive, intentional lives in a world of distraction. This is a goal we must continue to seek.

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To live life with less distraction, consider implementing one or more of these 10 unconventional habits:

1. Turn off smart phone notifications. Our smart phones have quickly become one of the greatest sources of distraction in our lives. The average person now checks their mobile phone 150 times every day (just short of every 6 waking minutes). To limit the distractive nature of your smart phone, turn off all nonessential notifications (Email, Facebook, Twitter, Games, etc.) as a default setting. As a result, you will be able to check your apps on your schedule at appropriate times throughout the day.

2. Read/Answer email only twice each day. When we keep our email client open all day, we surrender our attention to the most recent bidder rather than the most important. The sooner we realize this, the sooner we understand why the habit of checking email only twice/day is promoted over and over again by some of the most productive people in our world today (Michael HyattScott BelskyLeo Babauta). Schedule your email processing. You will feel the benefits immediately as the habit instantly limits incoming distraction.

3. Complete 1-2 minute projects immediately. Our lives and minds are often cluttered and distracted by the many unfinished projects around us (unanswered email, household chores, financial responsibilities). Fortunately, many of these projects can be completed in far less time than we think. To live with less distraction, if a project can be completed in less than 2 minutes, adopt a “one-minute-rule” mentality.

4. Remove physical clutter. Unnecessary clutter is a significant form of visual distraction. Consider this: everything in our eyesight subtly pulls at our attention at least a little. And the more we remove, the less visual stress and distraction we experience. Clear your desk, your walls, your counters, and your home of unneeded possessions. You’ll be surprised at your newfound ability to focus.

5. Clear visible, distracting digital clutter. Just like physical clutter distracts our attention, digital clutter accomplishes the same. Desktop icons, open programs, and other visible notifications jockey for unannounced attention in our mind. Notice the digital triggers that grab your attention. And ruthlessly remove them.

6. Accept and accentuate your personal rhythms. Discover the rhythms of your day to make the most of them. For example, I do my best creative work in the morning, afternoons work well for busy-work, and evenings are set aside for family—leaving late evenings for entertainment, rest, and guilt-free distraction. Accepting and understanding our natural rhythms to the day/week provides healthy motivation to remove distractions during our most productive parts of the day knowing there is opportunity later to indulge them

7. Establish a healthy morning routine. Henry Ward Beecher once said,“The first hour is the rudder of the day.” He was absolutely right. Begin your days on your terms apart from distraction. If possible, wake first in your household. Drink your coffee or tea or fix yourself a warm breakfast. Journal or read or just enjoy the silence. Develop a distraction-free morning routine. It will lay the foundation for a less-distracted day.

8. Cancel cable / Unplug television. It is difficult to argue against the distracting nature of our television. Researchers tell us the average American watches 37-40 hours of television each week. There is, of course, a solution to this madness: unplug your television completely. But if this step seems too drastic a stretch for your family, you’ll never regret the simple decision to cancel cable. Your calendar will thank you for the extra time available. Your wallet will thank you for the extra dollars. And you’ll quickly wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

9. Keep a to-do list. One of the most helpful and practical pieces of advice I ever received about keeping focus is the simple solution of keeping a to-do list handy and current. No matter how hard you try to manage yourself, new responsibilities and opportunities will surface in your mind from internal and external sources. The opportunity to quickly write down the task allows it to be quickly discarded from your mind. I use Clear as a simple, easy-to-use opportunity list.

10. Care less what other people think. The value of your life is not measured by the number of likes your Facebook post receives or the number of positive comments on your blog post. Please understand, there is great value in humbly seeking opinion and appreciating the wise counsel of those who love you. But there is no value in wasting mental energy over thenegative criticism of those who only value their own self-interests. Learn to recognize the difference. And stop living distracted over the opinion of people who don’t matter.

There is little doubt our world is filled with constant distraction—it always has been. And there is little doubt that those who achieve the greatestsignificance in life learn to manage them effectively—they always have.

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Joshua Becker

About Joshua Becker

Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

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Word tip of the day! Continual vs Continuous

Continual means start and stop, while continuous means never-ending.

Continually:

For a certain duration, on and off but with interruptions

Continuously:

For a certain duration, uninterrupted