Playing with Style
Capitalizing on personal style is all the buzz, but acquiring and mastering this knowledge can take years of real-life experiences. Playing with Style is a collection of 10 different training games and activities helping individuals to quickly learn the common characteristics of each of the four personal styles in the HRDQ Style model: direct, spirited, considerate, and systematic.
The games and activities in the Playing with Style training package helps participants develop an understanding of the strengths and potential trouble spots associated with each style. Individuals quickly build fluency in different personal styles so that they can improve interpersonal skills and interact more effectively with others.
How It Works
Playing with Style was developed by world-renowned training game developer, Dr. Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan and Tracy Tagliati of The Thiagi Group. Using their experience and expertise in the field of instructional games and training activities, Playing with Style was developed as a supplemental learning tool to the HRDQ Style Series assessments.
The objective of these instructional games is to help individuals quickly build fluency in different personal styles so that they can improve interpersonal skills and interact more effectively with others. Playing with Style motivates people to take an active role in the mastery of personal styles. The games provide a wide variety of interactive training activities and learning experiences.
Playing with Style includes 10 card games plus an additional bonus game you can use as an ice breaker or closing activity. Each game takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to facilitate and play. The choice is yours: play one, play some, or play them all.
Uses and Applications
Playing with Style is intended as supplemental learning and training activities to the HRDQ Style Suite. While it is possible to introduce the HRDQ Style Model using Playing with Style, it is most helpful to participants to have a working knowledge and understanding of their preferred dominant style and the basic characteristics of each of the four styles.
Playing with Style is an excellent way to expand, enhance, and reinforce the learning gained from the HRDQ Style Series training assessments. Here are just some of the ways you can use the instructional games:
- Introduction or follow up to any of the Style Suite assessments
- Standalone training activities
- Ice breakers
- Refresher games
- Component of a management development workshop or training program
The training games and activities in the Playing with Style package help develop a comprehension of the strengths and potential problem areas associated with each of the four personality styles. Individuals rapidly build fluency in several personal styles and work towards improving interpersonal skills and interact more effectively with others. Playing with Style motivates people to take an active role in the mastery of individual styles.
Product Type: Game. The Facilitator Guide is designed as a detailed resource, used by the trainer to deepen participants’ understanding of the concepts throughout this game.
Target Audience: This product's primary audience includes corporate trainers, human resource professionals, educational institutions, and independent consultants.
Measures: How participants develop and apply key skills in leadership, communication, coaching, and team-building.
Dimensions: The four personality styles: direct, spirited, considerate, and systematic.
Time Required: 15-30 minutes per game.
What to Order
Complete Game Kit: Order One Kit for Up to 20 Participants.
Included games (with recommended group sizes):
- Speed (8-20)
- Which Style? (8-20)
- Personal Style Poker (8-20)
- Five Tricks (8-10)
- Quick Classification
- Grab It (5-6)
- Bluff (4-6)
- Auction Rummy (3-4)
- Match (3-4)
- Solo Style (1)
Included in the Complete Game Kit:
- Personal Style Card Deck
- Tablet of Feedback Tables
- Personal Style Summaries
- Facilitator Guide
- Reproducible Reference Content (Available as a digital download link in your order confirmation)
- Sturdy Carrying Case
About the Authors
Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan is the founder of The Thiagi Group, an organization with the mission of helping people improve their performance effectively and enjoyably. He has published 40 books, 120 games and simulations, and more than 200 articles. He wrote the definitive chapters on simulations and games for ISPI’s Handbook of Human Performance Technology, ASTD’s Training & Development Handbook, and the American Management Association’s Human Resources Management and Development Handbook.
Thiagi currently writes a monthly online newsletter, Thiagi GameLetter. This newsletter, now in its fifth year, features Thiagi’s training games and other creative interventions that deliver results quickly and effectively. He served as the editor of both NSPI Journal and Performance & Improvement for more than ten years. He currently edits the simulation/game section in Sage Publications’ journal Simulation & Gaming. He is also a contributing editor at the monthly journal Educational Technology.
Tracy Tagliati CPLP has led a nomadic life. Born in Mildenhall, England, she grew up in the military in Europe, Japan, and throughout the United States. Settling in Los Angeles, CA, she joined The Thiagi Group, an organization that specializes in activities-based training for corporate clients. Before that, Tracy was VP of Sales and Training at Mindset Development, a training franchise of Crestcom International, and was a corporate trainer at Mercury Insurance Group. She is active in ASTD (both at the national and the local chapter levels) and the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA).