Interaction Styles

Social Styles and Interaction Styles

Most of my research on Social Styles is from the books by Bolton and Bolton. The Tracom website has a nice animated explanation so I see that it is very similar to the general sense of Social Styles that I know about.  more »

Getting the Most Out of the Type Code

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® self-report assessment was developed by Isabel Myers to help individuals find their best-fit type. In order to develop the assessment, the J-P dichotomy was added. Now the four-letter type code that results from her work has become a standard for referring to the 16 types no matter how you arrive at determining the best-fit.  more »

Best-Fit Type Self Discovery With or Without Using An Assessment such as the MBTI® instrument

In my eighteen years of introducing individuals, teams, leaders and organizations to the rich theory of personality type, I have explored using the Interstrength Self-Discovery process both with the MBTI® assessment tool and without.

Overall I have found that using the Self-Discovery process without an assessment works better for me for the following reasons:  more »

Identifying Interaction Styles and Relating To Others

Are you getting the most out of the “red book”, Understanding Yourself and Others, an Introduction to Interaction Styles 2.0, when you use it to help clients clarify their best-fit Interaction Style?  Are you using the material in the book to the best advantage?

Here are some suggestions for using the book to help clients identify Interaction Styles and relate to others...

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Clarifying Interaction Styles Self-Discovery

Are you getting the most out of the “red book”, Understanding Yourself and Others, an Introduction to Interaction Styles 2.0, when you use it to help clients clarify their best-fit Interaction Style?  Are you using the material in the book to the best advantage?

 Here are some suggestions for using the book to help clients clarify their Interaction Style:

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Facilitating Interaction Styles Self-Discovery

Are you getting the most out of the “red book”, Understanding Yourself and Others, an Introduction to Interaction Styles 2.0, when you use it to help your clients discover their best-fit Interaction Style?  Are you using the material in the book to the best advantage?

Here are some suggestions for using the book to facilitate basic self-discovery:   more »

Agendas for Change

Connections have been made to temperament and change in Donna Dunning’s book, Quick Guide to the Four Temperaments and Change 3.0 and these really make sense to me. I’ve been puzzling over what the Interaction Styles model would predict about change.  Then it hit me…the movement tendency that is favored by each Interaction Style would give us some insight.  more »

Leadershift: Leading Individuals the Way They Like to Be Led

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What makes someone an effective leader?

Take a moment and think of the person whom you have most admired/enjoyed having as a leader. Consider not only your work experience, but also your volunteer activities, religious affiliations, and recreational pursuits.

In the spaces below, list the personal attributes and specific behaviours this person demonstrates which you consider to be the source of their leadership effectiveness.  more »

Interaction Styles - Frequently Asked Questions

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From Understanding Yourself and Others®: An Introduction to Interaction Styles 1.0 and 2.0  more »

Wizards in the Wilderness and the Search for True Type

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Type possesses a strange attraction. Self-identification is insightful, and fun, and it is only the beginning. It pulls us along, and somehow, in time, we learn how to recognize type in others, accurately we hope.

How is this type recognition accomplished?

Specifically, what kinds of features or processes do people latch onto and bring to bear as they begin the journey? Does success come by some kind of magic, or is there a science to it?  more »