How It Works
The Playing with Style games are intended as supplemental learning and training activities to the HRDQ Style Series assessments. While it is possible to introduce the HRDQ Style Model using Playing with Style, it is most helpful to participants to have a working knowledge and understanding of their preferred dominant style and the basic characteristics of each of the four styles. The games are an excellent follow up to any of the titles in the HRDQ Style Series.
Playing with Style includes 10 card games plus an additional bonus game you can use as an ice breaker or closing activity. Each game takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to facilitate and play. The choice is yours: play one, play some, or play them all. We guarantee the games will be the hit with any audience. Participants will leave the session prepared to transfer the learning to the workplace and put their newly-acquired knowledge into immediate action.
Theory and Development
Playing with Style was developed by world-renowned training game developer, Dr. Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan and Tracy Tagliati of The Thiagi Group. Using their experience and expertise in the field of instructional games and training activities, Playing with Style was developed as a supplemental learning tool to the HRDQ Style Series assessments.
The power behind Playing with Style and the HRDQ Style Series products lies in the simple but effective model for understanding human behavior. Based on the proven personality theories of Marston and Jung, the model identifies two basic dimensions of personal style: assertiveness and expressiveness. Assertiveness is the effort a person makes to influence or control the thoughts or actions of others. Expressiveness is the effort that a person makes to control his or her emotions and feelings when relating to others. Combining the two dimensions results in a four-quadrant model with four unique personal styles: direct, spirited, considerate, and systematic. The simplicity of the HRDQ Style Model is easy for trainers to facilitate and memorable for employees and managers to apply.
Uses and Applications
Playing with Style is an excellent way to expand, enhance, and reinforce the learning gained from the HRDQ Style Series training assessments. Here are just some of the ways you can use the instructional games:
- Introduction to any Style Series assessment
- Standalone training activities
- Ice breakers
- Refresher games
- Component of a management development workshop or training program
- Follow up to any Style Series assessment