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How to work well with anyone – even people you don’t like!

We often accept the fact that we will not like or get on with everyone. Why is that? Is it really something that we cannot control or change? You might think so, but think again!

New and proven social research shows that you can train yourself to work effectively with everyone! Whether you're struggling to co-operate with colleagues, or you're a manager looking to improve your performance or an HR Manager on the hunt for team-building tools, this new methodology will help you instantly.

We’ve teamed up with TRACOM to show you how their SOCIAL STYLE™ model can help you interact effectively with everyone.

The 4 Social Styles

Imagine that all people’s behaviours can be categorized into one of four broad categories, or Social Styles. Each Social Style displays its own preferred ways of acting, thinking and making decisions:

  1. The Driving Style
  2. The Expressive Style
  3. The Amiable Style
  4. The Analytical Style

You can read more about each of these styles here.

But for the purposes of our short article, it is important to know that within each of the above styles is a set of predictable ways of interacting and decision-making. There is no good or bad Style and a given Style does not give a person an advantage or a disadvantage.

We are not so much interested in judging whether a style is good or bad here. Rather, our preoccupation is with understanding how each of the styles works (so that we can work with it!). In fact in a team, the more the styles the more effective the team can be as each Style has its own strengths.

The key ingredient: versatility

To be able to identify and leverage the strengths of your own Style while recognizing and responding effectively to others’ unique Style, you need Versatility. Versatility allows you to create meaningful and productive relationships with people of any Style.

It doesn’t matter if someone is like you or not, whether you like them or not: with Versatility, you know exactly how to engage with them and, importantly, how to work effectively together.

Because Social Style is based on observable behavior you can quickly identify a person’s preferences and make informed choices to make that person comfortable. This ability to moderate your behavior is what we call Versatility.

Learning to work effectively

We recommend training all staff on this incredibly useful and effective approach to social skills in the workplace.

Understanding Social Style is especially invaluable for those that will soon be taking leading roles in teams or already hold managerial positions: they will need improved interpersonal skills as well as methods to coach, critique, and praise team members appropriately and effectively.

The advantage of this framework is that it is proven to work and the easiest to remember and apply. It helps you understand your own preferences and the best way to successfully interact with everyone.