April 9, 2013
Personality Poker®: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamwork and Innovation is unlike any other book.
Yes, it is jam packed with examples and scientific studies on teamwork, collaboration and innovation.
But it also comes with a specially designed deck of cards that can be used to assess individuals, teams, and organizations. This deck can help you figure out:
- What is your preferred innovation style? What are your innovation blind spots? It is important to note that who you are not is more important than who you are.
- What is the composition of your team? Do you have a good complement of innovation styles? Is everyone in the right roles? If you don’t have a good balance, or if you have people involved with the wrong step of the innovation process, your innovation efforts will suffer.
- What is the culture of your organization? How will it hinder innovation? How can it help innovation?
The cards (without the book) sell 10 for $125 plus shipping. If that is what you want, you can get them through our distribution parter, ChangeThis.com, a division of 800-CEO-READ.
But if you want the book with decks of cards, we have an amazing deal for you.
Through a special arrangement with Penguin (the publisher) we were able to get a limited number of books at a great discount…and we are passing the savings on to you.
For a limited time, you can 24 books (each with a deck of Personality Poker cards) INCLUDING shipping for only $250.*
That is less than the cost of the cards.
This is a $650 value and represents a 62% discount! Buying just the cards would cost you over $300 when you factor in the shipping costs.
But order today! When we sell our allotted quantity, we will withdraw this offer.
March 6, 2013
Today’s Wednesday Work Wisdom…
Personality Poker is a tool I developed for helping organizations play with a full deck; enabling them to have a good balance of complementary styles.
Why? Because opposites don’t attract. As a result, organizations naturally homogenize around one particular style. (See my article, “Your Organizations is a Cult” for more on this)
You, as an individual, can also play with a full deck.
Although in Personality Poker, I suggest that people play to their strong suit, it is useful to recognize that everyone has a mix of four styles within them. And we can call on them at various times when needed. This allows us as individuals to be whole and integrated.
The styles at a high level are:
- Spades – analytical
- Diamonds – creative
- Clubs – results-oriented
- Hearts – emotional
Consider that inside of us, we have our own Board of Directors. And each style represented in Personality Poker is on this Board.*
The Chairman of the Board is your strong suit. However, even though one style is sitting at the head of the table, it doesn’t mean that you can’t tap into the power of each.
For me, although I am naturally creative (a diamond), when I am under stress, my intellect (spade) runs the show and is usually the Chairman of my Board.
But I make a concerted effort to utilize all aspects of my personality.
For example, I literally set aside time to nurture and check in on my emotional side. I reflect upon how I am feeling. I look to see what I may need. If I have something bothering me emotionally, and I don’t address it, my work will definitely be impacted.
The same is true with my intellect (spades). I check to make sure that there aren’t any worrying thoughts lingering in my mind. Am I feeling skeptical? Are others challenging my intelligence? What am I thinking? I carry a notebook not just to capture creative thoughts, but also to document thoughts or concerns that need to be handled.
The club is the part of me that gets things done. I look at what I want to accomplish. What are my goals? My aspirations? Am I doing what I want to do? Am I accomplishing what I want to accomplish? Even though I am naturally not inclined to set goals, (hey, I’m the author of Goal-Free Living), I still look at where I am and where I am going – without attachment.
And of course I check in with my creative (diamond) side. This is my natural expression when I am not under stress. What am I doing to tap into my inner wisdom? Am I leveraging my creative energies? Am I serving my higher purpose?
Everyone has each aspect of Personality Poker residing within them. And ignoring any one of them at some point will have consequences. If I don’t process concerns that a given part of my personality has, it will start to fester and will eventually impact all areas of my life. Even if you are primarily intellectual, if there is something bothering you emotionally (e.g., in your personal life), it will impact everything else.
Therefore consider checking in daily to determine how you are doing in each of these different areas so you can take appropriate corrective action.
Also, look to see how each area of your personality can contribute. If you are inclined to be intellectual, see how your emotions and creative side can contribute to your work.
Taking just 5 or 10 minutes each day to “check-in” as a daily ritual can ensure that you are nurturing all facets of your personality. This can have a huge impact on your day, your work, and your life as a whole.
* I got this concept while attending a course called The Hoffman Process.
January 30, 2013
Contrary to conventional wisdom, opposites do not attract. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that opposites repel. The reality is, like attracts like.
As a result, your organization has a bunch of people who think the same way.
People have personalities, and so do organizations. Many would call this their culture. This is an appropriate word since it is related to the word “cult.” Everyone in your organization most likely fits the mold.
There are four primary organizational personalities:
- Analytical: Organizations that value expertise and intelligence, like pharmaceutical companies, research labs (like NASA), and many financial institutions.
- Results-Oriented: Organizations that value the bottom line, quarterly earnings results, and stock price like large, publicly traded organizations.
- People-Centered: Organizations that value relationships and their impact on society, like non-profits and NGOs.
- Creative: Organizations that value imagination and ingenuity, like advertising/branding agencies and some entrepreneurial start-ups.
The key word in each description above is “value.”
The personality of your organization is not determined by the work you do, the industry you are in, or the people you hire. It is determined by what is valued.
Ask yourself which of the attributes above – analysis, results, people, or creativity – is valued the most. Don’t just look at your performance management system.
What is truly valued, when push comes to shove, by your leadership? Who really gets promoted? What always gets recognized and rewarded?
Here’s the important point…
*** Your organization’s personality will give you a hint at what is not valued. ***
This is your organization’s innovation blind spot. Non-profits are notorious for not valuing traditional business lessons. Large corporations are known for not truly appreciating creative individuals who think differently.
In order to innovate more effectively, you need to first identify your innovation blind spot – what is not valued – and make a concerted effort to encourage these people, behaviors, and activities.
Although your organization will have a single personality, you need to be adept at all four sets of innovation skills.
P.S. Personality Poker is a great tool for identifying your innovation personality and specific innovation blind spots.
June 22, 2012
April 9, 2012
When asked by a Fortune 20 company to boil down Personality Poker into a 350 word article for their intranet, this is what I created…
We all have heard the expression, “opposites attract.” But in fact there is irrefutable scientific evidence that in relationships, opposites repel. We prefer to be around people who are similar to us. In business, this means that we tend to surround ourselves with people who think like we do. They have similar personality styles.
Although working with people who are like us improves efficiency, and makes relationships easier, this “commonality” destroys innovation. Innovation is based on different and divergent points of view coming together to create something new of value.
If you want innovation to flourish in your organization, you need to find those individuals who complement your style and address your innovation blindspots.
Look at the list of words below. Which set of words resonates with you the most and best describes you?
A: Intellectual, Knowledgeable, Philosophical, Logical, Realistic, Rational, Skeptical
B: Adventurous, Spontaneous, Flexible, Creative, Open Minded, Insightful, Curious
C: Goal-Oriented, Driven, Decisive, Competitive, Disciplined, Organized, Systematic
D: Diplomatic, Sociable, Gregarious, Popular, Nurturing, Empathetic, Compassionate
The list that best describes you is your primary personality style (and yes, people have more than one style). A’s tend to be a bit more data-driven and analytical, B’s like new ideas and experiences, C’s like to plan the work and work the plan, and D’s are into people and relationships.
However, who you are NOT is more important than who you are. Look at the lists of words again. Which words do NOT describe you? Which ones would be opposite of your style? What you may find is that those who are not like you, you may not like. Their differences can be annoying. Yet these differences are the very thing that can help innovation thrive.
The next time you are working on a complex problem or developing a new solution, seek out someone who is different. Appreciate their contribution. Recognize that the person you like the least, may be the person you need the most. Their differences can be the key to unlocking your success.