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A cursory internet search will reveal dozens of assessments and instruments
for helping people understand the fundamental traits and characteristics of
their personality. Indeed, the continued and widespread use of personality
assessments stresses their significance as tools for learning and development.
While knowing your personality is important—it's also just one
piece of the development puzzle. Assessments that spell out a little more than
a horoscope of traits and tendencies or a maze of acronyms and labels do not
effect lasting change. It is important to learn how to put that knowledge to
use in order to form a complete picture of yourself—results that lead to
this level of perception call for precise and refined self-evaluation.
Personality Style at Work (PSAW) is HRDQ's latest and most
statistically accurate assessment. It's a simple, but highly effective tool
that measures both the core behaviors that make-up an individual's style and
the lens through which they choose to navigate their world.
Certification is not required to administer the assessment, making it a
more accessible tool than others of its type.
At the foundation of each of the four personality styles—Direct,
Considerate, Spirited, and Systematic—is a set of three drivers that
guide our actions, decisions, and general life approach. Delving even deeper
into the framework of personality is a look at the lens of expressiveness and
assertiveness—the learned behaviors that we use as a means of coping with
the demands and expectations placed upon us and which help to explain how we
can appear to have one personality at work and another in our personal
Harmony is the
tendency to connect with others by listening to what they have
to say and ensuring that their needs are regularly met. Harmony
involves self-sacrifice and patience, as well as identifying,
understanding, and valuing how other people feel.
the desire to ensure the inclusion and agreement of all those
involved. Consensus is most evident by efforts undertaken to
bring others into the fold, often stemming from a desire to
minimize conflict and preserve unity.
Recognition is the desire to be appreciated
and understood. Recognition is characterized by the expression
of personal thoughts and feelings to make a positive impression
on others and by the desire for approval from others before
making a decision.
Control is the
tendency to take charge and exert influence over a situation.
Those with a high preference for Control want to be seen as
authoritative, and often push limits and distort reality. They
challenge the status quo, make quick decisions, and forgo
pleasantries to get directly to the point.
Achievement is the tendency for one to set
meaningful goals and to tirelessly pursue those goals.
Competition is often an underlying force for individuals who
are driven to achieve, and as a result, these individuals are
self-directed and motivated by success.
the tendency to perceive tough situations as opportunities.
Those who are motivated by Challenge typically embrace
conflict, negotiate freely, and engage in difficult
conversations with confidence and poise.
is the tendency to undertake new endeavors and to bring natural
energy and expressiveness to a variety of situations and
relationships. Those who are driven by Initiation typically act
lively and enthusiastic while openly sharing thoughts,
feelings, and ideas as a way to quickly connect with others and
Conceptualization is the tendency to move
quickly and creatively in pursuit of the next big idea. Those
with a strong preference for Conceptualization are known for
brainstorming, thinking on a grand scale, relishing new and
exciting ideas, and leaving the finer details for others to
Collaboration is the tendency to include
others. Those with a strong preference for Collaboration desire
to work in small groups or teams, to engage in the exchange of
ideas, and to collectively find creative solutions to
Organization is the tendency one has toward
maintaining order and control of their own world. Organization
involves attention to detail, an affinity for keeping a
detailed schedule, and a desire to plan methodically.
Objectivity is the need to collect information
and to weigh the pros and cons of a situation before making a
decision. Objectivity involves proficiency and accuracy to
minimize unnecessary emotional strife that may arise from a
less than calculated approach.
the tendency to operate according to tried and true principles.
Tradition is characterized by a desire for consistency, order,
The PSAW model can help us to not
only better understand ourselves, but also better understand those around
PSAW includes a detailed, and highly personalized, feedback report, the Core
Profile, which indicates an individual's primary personality style, strength of
preference for using each of the drivers associated with their style, and
strength of preference for using the assertive and expressive behaviors.
Lacking the complicated code at the basis of other personality-focused
assessments, PSAW'S simplistic language and presentation make it easy for
participants to retain the knowledge of their style and to use that knowledge
to better understand their strengths and to highlight and pinpoint areas for
Personality Style at Work is accessible through HRDQ's
online assessment portal (account required). A version for
individual use is also available. The assessment takes
approximately 10 - 15 minutes to complete. Individuals respond to
94 different items designed to help them identify their behavioral
preferences, shedding light on how they react to and interact with
the world around them. Most statements ask them to respond by
indicating the frequency with which they approach, think about, or
act in the way described. Each response is scored and used to
generate a Core Profile identifying an individual's personality
style and the implications of this style when completing tasks,
working with others, and most importantly, how others are to likely
see them. Included in the Core Profile are numerous tips and
techniques for building rapport, and optimizing relationships and
interactions with other styles. The report concludes with a section
on using the information in PSAW to create a personal action and
A separate Core Profile Plus
is also available for those who are purchasing the assessment for
one or more participants and would like additional help in guiding
the client through the process of interpreting and understanding
their results in greater depth. It is presented in the form of a
detailed PDF and customized for each individual client. The report
contains feedback and questions for the coach that help drive the
Personality Style at Work is, at its core, a
developmental tool and is suitable for anyone interested in
understanding how their behaviors affect their own performance and
interactions with others. As such it has applications in leadership
development, management and supervisory training, team culture,
team building, communication, and career development.
10 - 15 minutes to take the assessment
The PSAW assessment can be purchased in two ways. Choose the
assessment center credit option if you wish to administer the
assessment to others now or at some future time. Choose the
individual registration to gain immediate access to the assessment.
An assessment center account is required to access the Core Profile
Derek Mann is the founder and Managing Partner
of PPG, the Performance Psychology Group, LLC. PPG is a performance
enhancement, coaching and consulting firm that specializes in the
research and development of psychological assessments and the
application of experiential learning resources for individuals,
teams, and organizations. Derek is the co-author of the
Emotional Intelligence Skills Assessment along with
several articles and book chapters on the psychology of human
performance and emotional intelligence. With more than a decade of
assessment and experiential learning resource development and
consulting experience, Derek has applied his understanding of human
performance, emotional intelligence, and personality to help
Corporate Executives, Athletes, Warriors, and Health Care Providers
capitalize on their strengths, turning obstacles into
Martin Delahoussaye is the Vice President and
Publisher for HRDQ. In this role he oversees and contributes to the
development of new content in the form of experiential games,
assessments, and learning programs. Prior to HRDQ, Martin served as
Senior Editor for Pfeiffer (A Wiley imprint), where he was
responsible for acquiring new training and assessment products, and
managing the editorial development team. Previously, he served as
Managing Editor of Training Magazine and Editor of
Training Journal. Martin has also held operational
positions at McGraw-Hill and Gower Publishing in Great Britain.
This book defines and describes the four styles at the core of the
PSAW assessment. It helps decode the behavior of others, and spot
different personalities. But the real value is that it clues you in on
how to flex and tweak the way you communicate, your language, body
gestures, and physical space to create a better match when a natural
"fit" just isn't there—with just about anyone or any situation.
You'll be amazed at how easy it becomes to build rapport with the
people around you, communicate with your boss, be an effective team
member, achieve success on the job, and much, much more.