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Inclusion, Diversity and Personality: Where Should Organizations Focus Most?

Posted 12 May 2020 by John Hackston, Head of Thought Leadership, The Myers-Briggs Company

Inclusion can mean different things depending on the context. Which definition should company's focus on? 

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The Changing Shape of Teams and Google’s Project Aristotle

Posted 01 Oct 2019 by Melissa Summer

With the advance of technology, how teams in organizations work in the modern world has shifted. Read about the changing shape of teams, Google's Project Aristotle and what's proven most important for teams to succeed.

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Understanding Motivation for More Effective Team Behavior

Posted 22 Aug 2019 by Pam Valencia & Melissa Summer

What does motivation have to do with effective team work and behavior? A lot, it turns out. Learn more about interpersonal needs and how they affect relationships and team interactions. 

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Navigating the Labyrinth of Stress: Interpersonal Needs and Personality Preferences

10 Oct 2017

This article was originally written for Training Magazine and appeared on their website October 4th, 2017. To read the article on the original website, click here.  In managing stress, the big first step is recognizing how you tend to act under stress. Once you recognize what it looks like for you—and consequently for those you work with—you’re empowered to manage it. Stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when it’s sustained, it can be debilitating. It affects our ability to regulate our...

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MBTI® Users Conference—Type, Interpersonal Needs, and Stress: A FIRO-B® and MBTI® Workplace Culture Connection

03 Jan 2017

My breakout session took place on the second day of the conference. I was glad to see so many familiar faces in the room, although it also makes me a bit more nervous to see so many people I know when I’m presenting. However, remembering that I’m presenting for the attendees and not for myself, helps temper my nervousness. In my session I addressed the stress we all face when our interpersonal needs are not being met. What we need, combined with what we fear, can have a huge impact on our beh...

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Allianz Global Improves Leadership, Teamwork with the FIRO-B Tool

07 Sep 2016

Allianz Global Investors is a leading active investment manager with a strong parent company and a culture of risk management. With 25 offices in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific, they provide global investment and research capabilities with consultative local delivery. Allianz Global has a rich history, started over 125 years ago they now serve over 82 million clients in 70 countries. With over 540 investment professionals in the high-stress position of managing billions in assets, Allianz was l...

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Executive Office of the President Uses FIRO-B for Team Development

22 Jul 2016

To provide the President of the United States with the support that he or she needs to govern effectively, the Executive Office of the President (EOP) was created in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The EOP has responsibility for tasks ranging from communicating the President’s message to the American people to promoting our trade interests abroad. Overseen by the White House Chief of Staff, the EOP has traditionally been home to many of the President’s closest advisors, including the C...

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UMMS Professionals Give Patients Top Care While UMMS Cares for Professionals with FIRO-B

03 May 2016

"The purpose of a doctor, or any human or general, should not be to simply delay the death of a patient, but to increase the quality of life." - Patch Adams (1998) The University of Maryland Medical System is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation. It has evolved from its beginnings as the nonprofit University Hospital in 1984 into a multi-hospital system with academic, community and spe...

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