Social Style and Versatility
The Social Style and Versatility program teaches individuals how to predict others' behaviour and what to do to make the relationship more productive.
The Social Style program may sound similar to other programs. However, participants who have completed other programs such as DiSC, MBTI, Hogan’s LSI or HBDI consistently remark on Social Style’s pragmatic and actionable nature.
The difference is due to 75% of the program being focused on Versatility - how to earn the support and respect of others
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The world’s most practical interpersonal skills model
SOCIAL STYLE has been translated into 18 languages and has 32 country norms because it is the world’s most practical interpersonal skills program. SOCIAL STYLE is easy to learn and apply. Decades of research have shown that it can transform people’s effectiveness at work. The studies show that people are of one of the four styles and they have preferred ways of working, making decisions and using time. Knowing these preferences helps you determine the best way of working with everyone.
What is SOCIAL STYLE
SOCIAL STYLE is the habitual pattern of actions that can be observed and agreed on by others to describe a person’s behaviour. This is very different to the dimensions measured by DiSC, MBTI, LSI etc. The major difference is SOCIAL STYLE is always in the ‘eyes of the beholder’, what believe your SOCIAL STYLE is does not really matter and is largely irrelevant. The hard truth is that no-one really cares about your SOCIAL STYLE, they care how well you work with their SOCIAL STYLE and this known as Versatility. Your ability to be Versatile and work well with others is completely independent of your SOCIAL STYLE.
What are the four SOCIAL STYLEs.
There are four styles and it is quite easy to learn how to profile others to determine their SOCIAL STYLE. Once you know their SOCIAL STYLE you know how to work with them to create mutually beneficial relationships. This skill is known as Versatility.
The four SOCIAL STYLES are:
- Driving Style
- Analytical Style
- Expressive Style
- Amiable Style
The Driving SOCIAL STYLE
The Driving SOCIAL STYLE is fast-paced, decisive and controlling. They want results, love taking action and they often need to work on their listening skills. If you want to work better with a Driving SOCIAL STYLE, find out about the results they want to achieve and help them take the action to get there.
The Expressive SOCIAL STYLE
The Expressive SOCIAL STYLE is fast-paced, enthusiastic and emotional. They want personal approval from others, are spontaneous and may need to ‘check themselves before they wreck themselves’. If you want to work better with an Expressive SOCIAL STYLE find out what they want personal approval for and help them get it.
The Amiable SOCIAL STYLE
The Amiable SOCIAL STYLE is friendly, supportive and results driven. They value personal security and will focus on establishing and maintaining relationships. They may need encouragement to initiate conflict and/or change. If you want to work better with an Amiable SOCIAL STYLE, listen for the relationships that are important to them and provide guarantees and assurances.
The Analytical SOCIAL STYLE
The Analytical SOCIAL STYLE is slow-paced, cautious and reserved. They value logic and want time to think things through before acting. They may need encouragement to declare their opinions earlier. To work bet with them don’t rush them, make sure you give them the time to consider things and give them the information they need to ‘get certain’.
What is Versatility
We make these micro decisions in four distinct areas as follows:
Support and respect from others is critical because if you don’t have it – it is much harder to get things done.