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Join me in Orlando in May 2018 for Temperament-based Strategies for Excelling in the Workplace!

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Summit Save the DateTemperament-based Strategies for Excelling in the Workplace
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 1:00-4:30 PM | Ben Woelk

Temperament types have big impacts on work relationships. Today’s workplace presents challenges for both introverted and extraverted team members.

  • Many workplaces are adopting open space layouts that foster teamwork but provide little opportunities for introverts to contribute as individuals.
  • Extraverts may struggle with working with Introverts.

Because of Western society’s emphasis on extraversion, many introverts feel unsuited or ill-equipped to thrive in today’s workplace and are not sure how to take that next step to increase influence and improve visibility.

All personality types may have issues working with coworkers or management. Is your manager a Guardian, an Idealist, a Rational, or an Artisan? How does that change how you approach them?

Suitable for all attendees, you’ll benefit from understanding your temperament and how you interact best with others. Attendees will benefit most from the workshop if they know their Myers-Briggs/temperament profile in advance. I recommend taking the tests at and before attending.

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Introverted Leadership Reading List

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In our mentoring and coaching relationships, we’ve identified several books that you may find helpful as emerging introverted leaders.

Understanding Personality and Temperament

Briggs Myers, Isabel and Myers, Peter B., Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type

Provides an easy-to-read overview of the MBTI. Important for providing the basics of Myers-Briggs Temperament theory. The MBTI focuses on the internal workings of the mind (“cognitive processes”). The MBTI delves deeply into each of the 16 types and into the layers of cognitive processes that contribute to individual personality.


Keirsey, David, Please Understand Me II


The Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS) is more interested in observable behavior. The KTS groups the 16 personality types into 4 temperaments, and highlights the similarities between them.



Cain, Susan, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Susan Cain’s book and her Quiet Revolution have helped introverts understand their strengths and their importance in the workplace. As an introvert, I found reading the book to be transformative.


Kahnweiler, Jennifer B., The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength, 1st Edition

Preceding Cain, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Kahnweiler provides a discussion of introversion and leadership.


Petrilli, Lisa, The Introvert’s Guide to Success in Business and Leadership

Petrilli provides a discussion of introverted leadership in the workplace and a set of tools for helping you progress.


Workplace Dynamics

Bradberry , Travis and Greaves, Jean, Emotional Intelligence 2.0

The importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace has seen increasing attention as companies work to help employees understand how to work together.


Patterson , Kerry; Grenny, Joseph; McMillan, Ron; Switzler, Al, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition

Crucial Conversations provide exercises (including videos) of common workplace discussions and potential conflict and focuses on helping readers better understand themselves and others, so that a “win-win” is more achievable.



Verbal Communication Skills

Alda, Alan,  If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating


Alan Alda writes about his work with helping scientists and medical professionals communicate clearly and empathetically by using improv exercises to build stronger verbal communication.



Career and Professional Development

Slim, Pamela, Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together

Pamela Slim provides a series of steps (with a workbook) that helps us understand what we’re passionate about and how to leverage our backgrounds, desires, work histories, and passion to identify either new careers or side hustles that may be more meaningful to us than our day jobs.



What other books would you recommend?