WorkTraits Insight & Perspectives

Opposing Traits: Encourager/Tracker

Opposing Traits: Encourager/Tracker

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. The combination of Tracker and Encourager traits make for a potent communication style. Though it’s relatively uncommon,   I do know a few people who have this combination and use it to their advantage in communication at work. They have learned to use their traits synergistically […]

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Opposing Traits: Decision Maker/Facilitator

Opposing Traits: Decision Maker/Facilitator

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. I have only met one person who I believe really had Decision Maker and Facilitator as his two highest traits. He was a business owner with about six staff and he had challenges trying to satisfy the needs of both traits. The Decision Maker wants to […]

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Complementary Traits: Encourager/Facilitator

Complementary Traits: Encourager/Facilitator

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. My friend Dennis played for twelve years as a lineman with the Los Angeles Rams. He was expected to be as tough and gritty as “North Dallas Forty,” ready to knock you on your butt if you even dared to look at him funny. However,  even […]

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Do your traits dress you?

Do your traits dress you?

Have you ever considered why you dress the way you do? Do you put a lot of thought into your outfits, or do you just find something that’s easy and appropriate? What does your style exhibit about your leading behavioral traits? WorkTraits Provider Linda Waldon pairs WorkTraits with her True […]

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Shake Things Up: The Problem with Frivolity

Shake Things Up: The Problem with Frivolity

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. Dictionary.com defines frivolous as “self-indulgently carefree; unconcerned about or lacking any serious purpose.” That is what has happened to most conversations today. They are frivolous. Even our cultural niceties such as “how are you?” seem to lack the sincerity they once did. So, why not shake […]

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Bringing WorkTraits Home

Bringing WorkTraits Home

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D I often hear how WorkTraits has been useful in creating harmonious work groups. But more and more frequently I hear how WorkTraits has helped build harmonious homes. As people gain insight into the communication styles used at work, they naturally apply those insights into their personal […]

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Pivot Points

Pivot Points

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. Recently I have been introduced to several men and women who are transitioning in their life and work. They tend to be individuals in the 40’s and all have one thing in common: they don’t know what they want to do with their lives. Some have been forced […]

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Personal Engagement: The Role of Meaningful Relationships

Personal Engagement: The Role of Meaningful Relationships

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. A new Gallup study suggests that every individual needs 6 hours of meaningful interaction with others every day in order to maintain wellness. Wow! 6 hours! I’m in the business of helping others maintain quality relationships, but I don’t think I come close to 6 hours […]

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Personal Engagement : The Role of Self Image

Personal Engagement : The Role of Self Image

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. I recently spoke to a customer service manager about the engagement of his team. The problem, he said, was that several of the staff didn’t know whether to pass clients on to him or find solutions on their own. No doubt a common issue. However, for some of […]

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Personal Engagement: Identifying & Mitigating Stress (pt. 2)

Personal Engagement: Identifying & Mitigating Stress (pt. 2)

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. Many years ago I took a position where, even though I had the credentials, I was not wired to do the job. The requirements were well outside my behavioral style. Looking back, I should have known it was a bad fit. Yet, for whatever reason, I […]

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