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Quick Quote Wednesdays: Ruth E Renkl

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.

~ Ruth E Renkl


Tips Tuesdays DiSC Series 3 of 21: D in DiSC

The D in DiSC: Learn to communicate and interact effectively with Magnovo’s Tips Tuesdays DiSC Series

The first personality type we are going to discuss is the ‘D’, for Dominance.Words that describe that personality are very direct and clear, and they are confident in the way they act in front of a group. They are very outspoken and speak their mind.

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Using the DiSC Behavioral Model to Improve Communication with Millennials

Many managers turn to traditional leadership tools and techniques when interacting with their employees, including the growing population of Millennials who have entered the workforce.

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Team Building With an Antisocial Employee

How DiSC® Training Can Boost Engagement at WorkCan there really be such a thing as team building with an antisocial porcupine or a prickly pear?

You know the guy–he’s more full of excuses than ideas. His body language shouts “Back off!” no matter what’s going on. When tasked with a high priority collaborative project, he’s the very last person anybody wants on their team.

So how did you get “stuck” with him on your team in the first place? There seems to be some unwritten mandate in the corporate ether that every company be issued at least one of these cantankerous characters!  

Sadly he’s really not such an anomaly; he’s probably more the norm than the exception.  The truth is that behind our masks, we’re all brandishing quills or prickles to protect ourselves from one thing or another. So before jumping to the conclusion that your company isn’t a right fit for a problematic worker, you may need help adjusting your perspective.

A DiSC personality profile may help you to recognize that what appears to be an aggressive porcupine charging offensively—quills raised and ready for combat—is in reality a sensitive, insecure soul. He’s struggling to survive by living in self-defense mode 24/7.

DiSC stands for Dominance, Influencing, Steadfastness, and Conscientiousness–and we each exhibit these traits–sometimes too much of one, and too little of another. DiSC personality profile training can help you understand those personal attributes and turn them into company assets.

A DiSC personality profile offers a peek behind the mask into the trembling heart of an authentically vulnerable, fallible human being. Instead of regarding this one as an odd duck, the insights you gain using this amazing tool could reveal that he isn’t so odd after all.  As for the prospects of you or your team building with him, DiSC can highlight those points of commonality you and the other staff members may have with this employee; teach you how to emphasis them; and ultimately build relationships with him.

At the risk of overtaxing this team building metaphor, I ask you to consider this: When handled properly, a prickly pear [or cactus fruit] is rich in Vitamin C, calcium and is a great source of dietary fiber. And the meat is also helpful in the treatment of  obesity, diarrhea, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and some viral infections.

The point is that with proper handling, any employee can become invaluable to his or her company. He can improve the financial health of the firm and actually nurture your corporate culture.

Team building with an antisocial, high maintenance employee–yes, that’s actually a thing [provided, of course, that you’re armed with his DiSC personality profile.]


Understanding Millennials Through Office Team Building Activities

Walk into any place of business – from retail stores to manufacturing plants to white collar offices – and it’s clear that American workers are all at the same crossroads.

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Quick Quote Wednesdays: Jack Nicklaus

Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration …and expectation.

~ Jack Nicklaus


Tips Tuesdays DiSC Series 1 of 21: DiSC Introduction

DiSC Introduction: Learn to communicate and interact effectively with Magnovo’s Tips Tuesdays DiSC Series

These next few weeks we will talk about DiSC.DiSC is a measuring tool for personalities. It’s how we look and react to things in life. It influences our leadership, relationships and anything that has to do with communicating with other people!

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Organizational Development – Climbing the Ladder to Success With Your Team

Climbing the Ladder to Success Is No Trivial Task

“You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb himself.”
~Andrew Carnegie

This quote from Andrew Carnegie, one of the most famous entrepreneurs in history, serves as both a caution and a challenge to today’s leaders. On the surface, the quote seems to tell you only what you cannot do, and sets a simple hard limit. You that you can’t push people to success if they’re not willing to put forth the effort to climb the ladder to success by themselves. No matter how great you are as a leader, you can’t drag them up along with you by doing their work.

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Quick Quote Wednesdays: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Tips Tuesdays: Eye Contact with your Audience

The Importance of Eye Contact: Learn to communicate effectively with Magnovo’s Tips Tuesdays series

Eye contact with your audience is so important when you’re making that connection!Whether you are selling something or you are trying to ensure they understand your point of view, eye contact is going to be essential in that.

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