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People Styles at Work... .And Beyond: Making Bad Relationships Good and Good Relationships Better / Edition 2

People Styles at Work... .And Beyond: Making Bad Relationships Good and Good Relationships Better / Edition 2

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As cofounders of the leadership coaching and training firm Ridge Associates, authors Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover teach that good interpersonal communication is essential to getting things done. In this comprehensive and practical guide, they offer a proven method for understanding the key behavioral styles of those around you (including your own) and explain how you can leverage the strengths and weaknesses of each to relate to others—even the most difficult of coworkers—more winsomely. People Styles at Work . . . and Beyond does this by offering a self-assessment to determine which style you are and then uses that information to teach readers how to: recognize how they come across to other coworkers; read others' body language and behavior to identify the best ways to work with them; make small adjustments that will dramatically increase the quality and productivity of their interactions; find common ground with different people while retaining their individuality; relate less defensively and more effectively no matter how others act At work, at home, and even while you’re out running errands, your ability to relate to others affects how well you get things done. Now including all new material on personal relationships, parenting, and more, this is the ultimate how-to can help any reader avoid conflicts and enhance important relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814413425
Publisher: AMACOM
Publication date: 05/28/2009
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 319,061
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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BOTH AT WORK and at home, success and happiness depend on relating to others across a chasm of significant differences. If you could figure out how to bridge the gap between yourself and others, you could make your life—and theirs—much easier, happier, and more productive. How to do that is what this book is about.

The differences between people are a major source of friction. For example a our friend Michelle does everything in a rush. She walks fast a talks fast, decides fast. And she completes projects in a flurry. As luck would have it, she’s often teamed with John, who is very deliberate.

John walks slowly, talks slowly, decides slowly. Although these differences may not seem like a big deal, if they’re not managed well they’re likely to erode Michelle’s and John’s working relationship. You’ve undoubtedly seen how differences like these can undermine cooperation a hamper performance, and add considerable stress to people’s lives.

This book shows how you can manage those kinds of differences in ways that enhance your relationships, increase your productivity, and add richness and spice to your life. It’s about making people differences work for, rather than against, you.

There are three parts to the book:
• Part One: Understanding Yourself and Others
• Part Two: Style Flex: A Key to Improved Relationships
• Part Three: People Styles and Family Relationships

Part One: Understanding Yourself and Others provides a pragmatic way of understanding the differences between people. Rather than delve into esoteric psychological theory, it provides a straightforward, practical explanation of what you need to know to relate more effectively to others.

Chapter 1 notes some of the differences between the four people styles and how those differences can lead to people problems. Chapter 2 describes the people styles model and explains how it can help you relate more effectively to people very different from yourself. Chapter 3 helps you capture data for identifying your own style. The two dimensions of behavior that are key to understanding yourself and others are highlighted in Chapter 4. With this background, Chapter 5 guides you through an assessment that shows how you come across to other people.

The four people styles are described in Chapters 6 and 7. Chapter 8 depicts each style’s tendency toward certain strengths and weaknesses.

Chapter 9 describes backup styles—the four dysfunctional and relationship-straining ways in which people of each style react to excessive stress.

In Chapter 10, you’ll learn how to cope productively both with your own and with other people’s stressed-out behavior.

Part Two: Style Flex: A Key to Improved Relationships shows how to create more productive interactions by applying the knowledge of yourself and others gained in Part One. Chapter 11 introduces you to style flex, a way of creating common ground with people very different from yourself. Style flex is the intriguing ability to be true to yourself while relating to someone else on that person’s wavelength. The four steps involved in flexing to another person’s style are presented in Chapter 12. In

Chapter 13, you learn how to identify another person’s style. Chapter 14

describes how to use style flex in several special situations. The final chapter of Part Two describes basic flex—three personal qualities that undergird style flex.

Parts One and Two are equally applicable to personal and work relationships.

However, the people styles model has some unique and beneficial applications to personal relationships. So Part Three: People Styles and Family Relationships discusses applications of the people styles model to two of these types of personal relationships. Chapter 16, ‘‘The Art of Loving Someone Very Different from Yourself,’’ shows how to forge an even better relationship with your domestic partner. In Chapter 17, you’ll find style-based parenting guidelines that will help you have more enjoyable relationships with your kids while helping them increase their selfesteem and develop their unique strengths.

There are four appendices—one for each of the four styles. The appendix for your style presents specific guidelines on how to flex to persons of each of the four styles.

Many of the concepts in this book will come not as news but as reminders. We’re often told that this way of organizing interpersonal data helps people sharpen insights they’ve already gained from their life experience.

This familiarity makes it easier for readers to implement the relationship-enhancing methods found in these pages.

We hope the concepts and methods presented in this book will enrich your life and relationships as much as they’ve enhanced ours.

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