Posts tagged "Personality Poker"

Personality Poker®: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamwork and Innovation is unlike any other book. And now you can get a case of them for less than the cost of one copy on! Yes, the book is jam packed with examples and scientific studies on teamwork, collaboration and innovation.

Last week, I made a guest appearance on USA Network’s show, “Partners in Crime.” This reality show follows the lives of two very colorful criminal attorneys, Mario and Lou. In this episode, the law firm’s staff are complaining about Mario and it is decided that an intervention is needed. I am brought in to hopefully […]

This Wednesday, October 22, be sure to watch “Partners in Crimes” on USA Network at 11:30PM ET (check your local listings for your time). During this episode, you will see yours truly playing Personality Poker with Mario, Lou, and the office staff. Here’s the show description from USA Network: The Office Guru – Mario hires a workplace guru […]

Here’s a video I recorded for “The Art of Sales” event in Canada. In it I talk briefly about two common innovation blindspots, and how to shine a light on them.

Imagine two groups of problems solvers. Group #1 is homogeneous. That is, everyone has similar personalities and areas of expertise. Group #2 is diverse and comprises a blend of different styles and experiences. Which group will perform better? In times of crisis and on simpler tasks, Group #1 will always perform better. They “speak the […]

Back in 1996, I was conducting an important three-day “train the trainer” session for a program we were launching at Accenture. I was personally training 200 top client partners and managers. It was critical that we got everyone’s buy-in. At the end of day one, the partner in charge of program, Bob, asked me how […]

Today’s Wednesday Work Wisdom… Personality Poker is a tool I developed for helping organizations play with a full deck; enabling them to have a good balance of complementary styles. Why? Because opposites don’t attract. As a result, organizations naturally homogenize around one particular style.  (See my article, “Your Organizations is a Cult” for more on […]

Contrary to conventional wisdom, opposites do not attract. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that opposites repel. The reality is, like attracts like. As a result, your organization has a bunch of people who think the same way. People have personalities, and so do organizations. Many would call this their culture. This is an […]

I’m please to announce that both Personality Poker and Best Practices Are Stupid  are now available in Chinese.  I love the cover designs, especially the cat on the Best Practices Are Stupid book.

When asked by a Fortune 20 company to boil down Personality Poker into a 350 word article for their intranet, this is what I created… We all have heard the expression, “opposites attract.” But in fact there is irrefutable scientific evidence that in relationships, opposites repel. We prefer to be around people who are similar to […]

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