Magazine article New Zealand Management

Harness Personality Differences for Business Success

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Harness Personality Differences for Business Success

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Effective business leaders must nurture differences m their staff if they want to develop high-performing teams and cut staff turnover, says author and public speaker Allison Mooney.

Personality clashes are behind many resignations, but by harnessing the different personalities and playing to their strengths business leaders can build successful teams of motivated employers, she told a Robert Half Business Breakfast in Auckland.

"If you cannot connect with your staff, your colleagues, your customers, you are not doing very well as a leader," Mooney said, adding that different personality types behave differently, have different strengths and weaknesses and need different environments and tools to work with.

* 'Playfuls' are the social life and soul of any environment--they thrive on fun and interaction with other people and bring life to lifeless situations.

* 'Precises' are orderly, deep thinkers who revel in detail and analysis, and tend to be perfectionists.

* 'Peacefuls' are diplomatic observers who work quietly at their own pace, are good listeners and non-confrontational.

* 'Powerfuls' are action-oriented "doers" who focus on bottom-line results and the big picture--and want things done now. …

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