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Managing Different Personality Types In The Workplace

Managing Different Personality TypesThe Difficult Job Of Managing

Managers have a very difficult role to play, not in the least the fact that they have to lead a team of people who have their own personalities, priorities and traits.  A manager needs to be creative, help people increase their efficiency and productivity and do all that in a harmonious way.  The key to achieving that is the fact that great managers know the different personalities and understand the things that motivate these people to do well at work.  Individuals have their own thinking style, their own way of processing information, communicating, and solving problems.  They find different aspects of their work motivating.  Most workplace conflicts start because of miscommunication and personality clashes.  By recognizing the different personality types, a manager should be able to create a harmonious and productive working environment.

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The Signs Of Poor Management

ManagersUnderstanding Poor Management 

Most of us understand the importance and business impact of good management.  Those who are at this level are the ones that other people turn to for guidance and to know which direction they need to move toward.  We also know that getting management right can be very difficult.  Although there is a lot of information out there on what makes a good leader or manager, and there are a lot of courses in existence on how to make things better, there seems to be a lack of information on what management should absolutely not look like, bar the absolute obvious.  Let’s take a look at some of the signs of poor management to help you identify whether there are any areas where urgent improvement is needed.

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Soft Skills Training For Leaders And Managers

Soft SkillsSoft Skills Explained

Not everybody understands just what soft skills are, and even fewer people understand why they are so important.  However, the reality is that these skills are at the very core of being a good leader.  For some people, soft skills are about being in touch with a feminine side, or thinking more like women, which is generally accepted to be a more emotional and empathic way.  However, it is about a lot more than that and should not be seen as some kind of gender-differentiation.  Soft skills are about intuitiveness and loyalty as well.  So what are some of the most essential soft skills all leaders and managers should possess?

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DiSC Management Profile: The Do’s And Don’ts Of Management

ManagersManagers Need Specialized Skills to Succeed

It cannot be stressed enough that being a manager takes highly specialized skills.  One of the main ones is to be a good listener.  Unfortunately, too many people think that being a manager isn’t hard, and that they can simply do this because they are experienced workers.  However, it really isn’t that easy.  Indeed, some people are instinctively good managers, but the majority have to take the time to build up the experience they need and learn how to be good at management.

Good managers also learn from their staff, as they are the best judges of how well management actually performs.  It is the staff who are able to say what managers should do in order to make them happy and, thereby, more productive as well.  By engaging staff, leaders are able to learn the real dos and don’ts of management.  Let’s take a look.

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The Characteristics Of Really Great Managers

Great ManagerThe Making Of Great Managers

What makes a manager great?  Is it something that you are born with, or is it something you can learn?  Organizational experts believe that, for a long time, we thought leadership was something that you were born with.  As a result, people were often overlooked for managerial positions because they simply didn’t have what it takes.

However, these opinions have had to be reviewed, as companies started to become stagnant.  The old ways of doing things simply aren’t working anymore.  Indeed, it now seems that a lot of what is needed to be a really good manager is something that can be learned.  Let’s take a look at some of the characteristics of a really good manager. Continue reading

Effective Meetings: Easy Strategies for Managers

Why Are We Meeting?Why Are We Meeting?

Holding meetings, organizing the direction of your company and personnel, is something that a manager must do when managing a business.

One of the downsides to having a meeting is that the employees may find them boring and a waste of time; the truth is, you may meet resistance to having them at all.

As the manager, you need overcome these objections even if they are not directed at you specifically.  We’re going to now look at a number of ways that you can make your meetings valuable for everybody, and make them effective too.

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Use A DiSC Profile: Transform Into A More Effective Manager

Where Does a Manager StartWhere Do You Start?

If you’re working your way to eventually be a manager, you may have noted how some people have been able to progress very quickly and end up being managers in a very short time.  If you would like this kind of success for yourself it will help if you to develop a number of the attributes essential to be noticed in the workplace especially if you are willing take personal responsibility for your own development; this will greatly contribute to your promotion prospects.  You can’t assume that you’re going to be promoted because you have seniority alone.  If you wish to take control of your success, then there are some things that you should do.

“Most management development does not involve outside classes. Management development is the overall concept that describes the many ways that organizations help employees develop their personal and organizational skills, either as managers in a management job or with an eventual management job in mind.” 
What Is Management Development?

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Everything DiSC Management Profile Program Updates


On July 21, 2012 Everything DiSC Profiles began using Adaptive Testing (AT) and a new, more sophisticated scoring algorithm to give participants the most precise DiSC style assignment possible. The adaptive testing (AT) assessment data is currently being used in all Everything DiSC Profiles to provide even more precise dot placement on the respondent’s Everything DiSC map. All of the Everything DiSC Profiles will change gradually over time to incorporate additional data and feedback. The new data will be incorporated into not just dot placement, but also into assigning additional shading and priorities on the Everything DiSC map when appropriate. Respondents will be able to see all of their priorities reflected in their feedback, even if they prioritize things that aren’t usual for their styles.

Now we’re ready to launch the AT updates to the Everything DiSC Management Profile to provide participants with the benefits of adaptive testing and align with the improvements made to the Everything DiSC Workplace and Everything DiSC Work of Leaders programs.

Adaptive testing produces more precise results, which in turn provides a better experience for the user. The biggest benefit of adaptive testing is a more precise measurement. Increased personalization based on this greater precision and accuracy leads to a more accurate profile and more satisfied participants. When the Everything DiSC Management Profile is updated on October 31, 2013, respondents will be able to see all of their priorities reflected in their feedback.

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Great Tips For Managing Workplace Conflict

Conflict Resoultion - Opposing ForcesWhen you work together in an organization, there is always going to be conflict. There are conflicts of personality, conflicts of ideas, conflicts of values, or perhaps someone just has a bad day and feels the need to take it out on someone else. Regardless of what the reason for conflict is, it is essential that it is resolved before something gets out of hand. This requires quite specific skills, and here are some great tips to make sure you can deal with any sort of conflict that may arise in your workplace.

Do Not Solve The Problem

This seems like strange advice. After all, isn’t the only way to resolve conflict to find a solution? The issue is, however, that immediately jumping to a solution may seem like you are being dismissive of the conflict in the first place.

 “It’s easy to want to take sides to move a decision along. Take the time to listen to the complaints. I tell my folks not to bring me an issue with another employee until they tell me they have already talked to that person and tried to work it out independently.”  The Culture Gap by Paul Spiegelman

You must remember that your role is to resolve the conflict, not solve a problem. That is something the parties involved in the conflict must come to by way of discussion and agreement. They need to learn to communicate in such a way that they can understand each other’s points of views and come to a decision that is mutually acceptable. Your role is to facilitate that.

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How Leaders and Managers Earn Trust

A good organization understands the vital importance of leadership and management, and leaders and managers understand the vital importance of those they supervise and mentor. It has to be a top down-bottom up approach, where everyone has an equal say, but leaders and managers are there to make sense out of all the information they receive, as well as to guide and steer others within the company.

Good managers are mindful of the simple fact that they are in relationships with their employees. And those relationships require tending. They must demonstrate excellent people skills and interpersonal interactions. Managers who fulfill their relationship responsibilities will have more informed, and more productive, employees.

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