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Using personality assessments for team building

Posted 16 December 2021 by
Melissa Summer

How can personality assessments like the MBTI tool help teams work together more effectively and understand each other better?

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To build or not to build - Is this the question for team leaders?

Posted 14 June 2021 by
Kevin Wood

Do you know what the difference is between team building and team development? The phrases are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same. Here’s what HR practitioners and leaders should know…

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How Ping Pong Strategy Improves Your Workplace Communication

Posted 18 October 2019 by
Melissa Summer

What can ping pong strategy teach you about workplace communication? 

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The Changing Shape of Teams and Google’s Project Aristotle

Posted 01 October 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 August 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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These Bosses Want to Know Your Type

20 December 2016

This article was written by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin and originally appeared on Inc.com. To read the article on the original site, click here.  Get yourself hired at Clever, a seven-year-old marketing company, and as one of the first orders of business you'll be flown out to San Francisco. You'll meet the company's founders, as well as a few colleagues. You'll start in on fairly typical on-boarding activities -- like plowing through all that HR paperwork. Then things start getting a little ...

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MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Some Clinical Psychology Criticism

29 November 2016

Patrick Kerwin then addressed a criticism about the MBTI® assessment he’s heard that “clinical psychologists don’t believe in the MBTI® tool.” I didn’t get training on the MBTI tool in my clinical program. Clinical psychologists are typically trained to administer “tests” that address psychological problems. As Patrick stated, the argument that clinicians don’t use the MBTI tool is like saying “it’s hard to find an engineer who uses a plunger.” The MBTI tool is not a test, and it doesn’t iden...

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Is It Over Already?

26 January 2016

It has been a great three days (one day of pre-conference and two days in conference). The final conference session was a keynote by Wayne Cascio, Reynolds Distinguished Chair in Global Leadership, titled “Workplace Challenges: What’s Next?” This was a perfect end to the conference, and it offered great insight on what is coming down the pike. Topics addressed included: Extreme longevity—people are living longer; by 2025 the number of people over the age of 60 will increase by 70% The rise...

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