Understanding Personalities

Photo by Thomas Hawk

Photo by Thomas Hawk

Think about a strong team you know.  Were the team members all the same?  Probably not.  Different personalities can motivate one another, while similar personalities may actually prove to be detrimental in a workplace environment.  Teams and organizations need a variety of personalities in order to be effective because the right mixture of personalities helps to balance analysis and creativity and boosts employee morale.

There are lots of different models for understanding personalities, and each provides different insight.  Myers-Briggs, DISC, and Tetramaps are just a few examples that I've encountered at various organizations, and they've each helped me to better recognize what sets me apart from others.  They've also been useful in better understanding how to interact with others.  It's easy to blame others for our frustrations or label them negatively, but the problem lies in our reaction.  Learning more about yourself and others can help change your reactions.

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.