23 Aug 2013 – Terri Harmon – Featured
Skittles is a brand of fruit-flavored sweets. The candy is produced in a wide variety of flavors and colors. When comparing Skittles with people, they are similar. Not one person is the same. Just as a bag of Skittles there are a variety of interpersonal behavior types.
When opening a bag of Skittles you may favor one flavor over the others. In comparison to interpersonal styles, there is usually one behavior style that we most prefer. However, in society and the workplace we must interact with a variety of behavior styles.
What is the key to communicating and finding the other Skittle flavors palatable?
We all know people are not as easy to manage as a bag of Skittles. They are complex, diverse, and prone to conflict. So what is the answer? Educate people to understand each others behaviors, and they will be better able to work effectively together, resulting in creating a high performance workplace.
The SOCIAL STYLE model has been used with individuals and organizations to improve interpersonal relationships. SOCIAL STYLE model is a psychometric instrument that has four profile types: Amiable, Analytical, Drivers, and Expressive. Individuals fall on a scale which measures their behavior.
- Amiable: Emote/Ask
- Expressive: Emote/Tell
- Drivers: Control/Tell
- Analytical: Control/Ask
The measurements are based on if an individual is open or closed with expressing their feelings.
Emote behavior is relationship oriented.
Control behavior is disciplined.
Tell behavior is prone to risk taking.
Ask behavior is deliberate actions.
By knowing your Social Style behavior and recognizing Social Styles of others can improve your interpersonal relationships. Provided is one characteristic of the four behaviors.
Amiable: They need acceptance, co-operation, and personal security.
Expressive: They enjoy excitement, involvement, and interpersonal achievement.
Drivers: They take action and goal oriented.
Analytical: Their focus is on having all the facts and is careful when making decisions.
By understanding the different social styles you can customize the way you interact with other individuals. This technique is useful with family, friends, and in the workplace. It has been proven to reduce conflict that is generally related to behavior types and strengthen relationships.
The SOCIAL STYLE model has close to 50 years of research and has proven to be effective in understanding the differences in teams. This model gives a guide of how to interact with each individual. When team members understand others are not like them and respond to situations in a different manner, opens up a positive avenue for productivity and improved communication.
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iMA is an exciting universal language, designed to maximise connectivity: mutual liking, trust, understanding and respect. Everyone speaks one of four iMA dialects, putting them on the same wavelength as 25% of the world’s population. iMA is a simple way of observing and understanding the differences in people, then connecting with them on their wavelength. When this happens communication, trust, understanding, co-operation and sales increase, and stress and tension decrease.
I stands for Identify your iMA colour style and that of the person you want to connect with.
M stands for Modify your message by encoding it in a way that is most likely to be understood.
A is Adapt the way you treat one person vs. another.
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