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Personality Style At Work: The Secret to Working with (Almost) Anyone by Kate Ward

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OneWHAT IS PERSONALITY STYLE AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Perhaps the best way to both illustrate and explain personality style (at least as humans experience it) is through a simple and probably familiar slice-of-life vignette.

You’re riding an elevator down to the third floor in a standard office building. The elevator is carrying a full load of your colleagues, who are headed to their own meetings or out to lunch. Suddenly, the elevator stops between the fourth and fifth floors, and it won’t budge. Someone, perhaps the office jokester, immediately rolls out a tension-breaking quip. “So, I guess you’re all wondering why I called this meeting,” the funny man says with a deadpan, business-as-usual tone. Everyone laughs as a few more captives offer ...

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