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Millennials – Hungry for Feedback

Millennials – Hungry for Feedback

By Kevin Hughes Millennials, the generation born between 1980 and 2000, are growing up indulged in a world obsessed with instant gratification and constant feedback. It’s an expectation. Since childhood, they were given praise, appreciation and literal trophies from their parents, coaches, and teachers … just for showing up. In […]

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Motivating Your Team

Motivating Your Team

By Michael Gunther When employees are unmotivated they tend to experience less job satisfaction, less commitment and tend to  have more miscommunications. If this state escalates and the employee becomes disengaged they have a tendency to play the “blame game” and make assumptions about others and the companies’ motives. This can […]

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Recognize Stress in the Workplace

Recognize Stress in the Workplace

In the workplace, we all experience moderate to severe stress at some time. Recognize how you and your co-workers react to stress differently based on your personality traits. Decision Maker Severe Stress: Avoid What this looks like: “I’m done dealing with this,” as they declare victory and move on Moderate […]

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Complementary Traits: Decision-Maker/Tracker

Complementary Traits: Decision-Maker/Tracker

By Mark Vickers, Ph.D. Most individuals who possess high Decision Maker and Tracker traits would not agree that the two are complementary. In fact they would likely call them antagonistic. Why? Because Decision Makers make decisions with surety and resolve. Trackers make decisions with reservation and skepticism. On the surface […]

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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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