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Personality Poker: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamwork and Innovation Hardcover – 3 Jan 2011

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  • Hardcover: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; 1 Har/Crds edition (3 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159184360X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843603
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.9 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do you delight in planning and taking action? Do you revel in facts and data? Do you crave new ideas and experiences? Do you feel more complete when you are around others?In other words, are you a spade, diamond, club, or heart?Find out by taking one of the quickest, easiest, and most entertaining personality tests to ever hit the business market. Over 25,000 people in dozens of Fortune 500 companies have played "Personality Poker" to spur innovation and optimize growth.Use the included cards and Steve Shapiro's insightful techniques to identify your personality "strong suit," revealing where you really belong in an organization and how to maximize your contribution. You will also discover: * Why the person you like the least is the one you need the most * How your greatest strength can limit your success * Why homogenous teams are more efficient, but end up limiting innovationVisit PersonalityPokerBook

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best and most useful business books I've ever read. And of course it's much more than just a book - it comes with a deck of Personality Poker playing cards, a brilliant invention for learning more about yourself, your co-workers and your employees.

We've been using Personality Poker in our company and it's an absolutely awesome tool for creating more innovation, energy and happiness in teams. It's fun, simple and fast but still give people a genuine insight into their personalities.

The book itself is a fun and easy read with tons of real-life examples - exactly the kind of business book I love and actually manage to read. As opposed to those 400-page theory-filled tomes that I really ought to read, but which always end up gathering dust on a shelf somewhere.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
It's a book, it's a game, it's an innovation process... 28 Oct. 2010
By Gregg Fraley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There's a new wave of poker madness about to start. I'm not talking Texas Hold-em.

This book is innovative in several ways. First, it's a truly novel way to assess yourself, teams, and companies. The built in assessment reveals your personality preferences, but perhaps more importantly, it's been designed to tell how your traits fit into the innovation process.

Second, it's not just a book, it's also a deck of cards, a card game, which comes packaged with the book. I've never seen this kind of packaging done before and it's a testament to Stephen's persuasion skills that he got Penguin to do it.

Next, it's a process, and a very powerful one, that can be used to usefully improve innovation teams and organizations.

Finally, it may be the most accessible personality assessment ever devised -- because it's a game, it's inherently fun. Because it's been well researched and tested, it's deeply meaningful.

There are many useful assessments out there, and some are routinely used as a part of an innovation program. The MBTI, MMPI, KAI, and the FourSight instrument are the ones I'm most familiar with, and there are others. What's different about Shapiro's new tool is that it's designed to work with the innovation process directly. Team building experts and innovation consultants have had to create their own exercises and methods to integrate the older assessments into their programs. If they use Shapiro's new assessment, they'll find that a lot of thinking has already been done for them. This "game" integrates well with innovation programs -- it plays well with others.

The real power of the book, and integrated game, is not simply reading it -- it's using it. Shapiro has made that remarkably easy to do. The nature of the game is interactive to begin with. In playing it with others in this instance you learn about yourself, you learn about your peers, and you learn ways to work together better. Shapiro lays out for readers how to use the game in a full fledged, full process innovation program. According to the book, this assessment has already been used by over 25,000 people -- that's excellent validation as to its precision and effectiveness.

Beyond the core content of the assessment/game, I have to say I love Shapiro's writing style. It's direct, it's entertaining, anecdotal, and full of the voice of real world experience. The story of how he invented the game itself is a classic innovation story. I'll only say it happened in Vegas! Clearly, he's been doing corporate innovation work for many years, and the book, the game, and now his readers all benefit. Many business books are easy to put down in spite of great content. This is different. It's compelling "how to" and it invites you to jump in and play.

I predict this book will sell widely, and will become a bit of a corporate standard for innovation team building. Buy it and try it with your team, I guarantee it will provide you a greater awareness of who you are -- and that's where innovation starts. Start dealing!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Smart, fun and powerful 28 Oct. 2010
By Peter Winick - Published on
Format: Hardcover
First off I've never seen a business book that comes with it's own deck of cards so I have to admit I was curious. Personality Poker is a powerful tool that is fun to use and offers incredible insights into your own personality, the attributes of your team and your organization and gives tons of easy to implement tips. The tips not only help you better understand yourself but also focus on how to work with people that have very different attributes than you do and the importance of having a variety of styles on a team.

The writing is clear and concise and as you're reading this you uncover ways to increase your effectiveness and productivity as well as reduce the frustration you may have with working with certain personality types. If you'd like more insight into your own style, if you'd like to get your team to work better together and if you're tired of the profiling tests that have been out in the market for decades get this book, in fact I'd suggest you get a copy for everyone on your team.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Awesome, simple, actionable, inspiring, effective! 28 Oct. 2010
By David Newman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Like most of the great business books of the last two decades, Personality Poker has a simple premise: people are different. And to work effectively inside your organization, you need to connect with them in different ways based on YOUR strengths and preferences as well as their own.

Easily on par with the greats - The One Minute Manager, Fish!, Who Moved My Cheese, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - this book starts simple. You'll have many "IATK moments" ("I Already Knew That"). But then Shapiro delivers the zinger - how many of these A-ha insights (and the book is LOADED with them) are you ACTUALLY putting into PRACTICE?

For it is in the doing where the power lies.

The book is very positive, very encouraging, and best of all, very concrete and actionable. It's loaded with great ideas on how to connect more, lead smarter, and build relationships using the simple tools and concepts of personality poker.

As a consultant and speaker, I've seen many books bought in bulk and distributed by the thousands inside a corporate environment. I've seen CEO's force the "motivational Kool-Aid" down their employees' throats. It's not pretty.

Personality Poker, on the other hand, is a book that EVERY CEO, EVERY executive, EVERY manager, EVERY corporate insider, EVERY entrepreneur, and EVERY man and woman can learn incredible lessons from. This is a book worthy of the largest possible audience, both inside and outside corporate America. If you're going to buy a book company-wide, this is definitely the "Kool Aid" you want circulating in your hallways and absorbed into your culture. It's actionable, it's valuable, and your people will WANT to put its ideas to use immediately.

Yes, it IS that good.

Don't just read this book. Highlight it, dog-ear it, share its wisdom with others. And most of all, ACT on it. With Personality Poker, EVERYONE wins.

-- David Newman, author of Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits, and Crush Your Competition
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Need to get all of my clients to read and play it 1 Nov. 2010
By Susanne Goldstein - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a consultant who comes into companies to help them define, design, develop and deploy products in a smart, effective and accelerated way, I truly understand the need for great teams performing at peak potential. Of course, 9 times out of 10, when I come into a company, that high-performing team does not exist, and I have to work across the client organization to build coalitions and get people on board and engaged.

Stephen Shapiro's Personality Poker makes this part of my job a million times easier and, in my opinion, is an essential tool for any organization that needs to hone their innovation, communication and development processes into a well-oiled machine.

Playing Personality Poker is crazy fun. People give and trade cards that have adjectives on them that range from "Expert" to "Curious" to "Cheerleader" until they have the perfect hand that they feel really represents who they are. Meanwhile, their co-workers are doing the same. This card trading gives each player insight not only into how they seem themselves, but how others see them as well. Each hand can then be interpreted by Shapiro's insightful analysis of personality typing -- made up of Spades (analytical types), Diamond (the idea types), Clubs (the planner types) and Hearts (the communicator type).

What is truly amazing to me is how many "a-ha" moments occur when teammates realize what "style" they are, what "style" a co-worker is, and suddenly understand why they've been having difficulties collaborating and getting things done.

By spelling out the formula for creating high-performing teams, Shapiro has provided a tool for me to use with my clients to help get everyone on the same page in an entertaining, engaging and surprisingly accurate way.

Now I've even started playing it with friends and family (it's amazing what you can find out about the people in your life!) and it has given me great personal insight into how to better communicate with the people closest to me.

I couldn't recommend it more fervently.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Are you playing with a full deck? Here's an easy way to find out. 1 Nov. 2010
By B. Kolar - Published on
Format: Hardcover
How often do you hear someone say, "I'm just working with the hand I was dealt" when referring to their strengths and weaknesses? It's a pretty common phrase. Well, Steve Shapiro has taken that idea one step further. Shapiro's book provides a simple and unique approach that helps individuals and teams gain better insight into their personality styles.

You may be asking why we need another personality tool. After all, the market seems to be flooded with tools, assessments, books, and instruments all designed to help you hone in on your personality. The answer is simple: Personality Poker demystifies the process, makes it fun, and makes it simple. It also provides the most practical advice on how to translate understanding of your personality into improved performance.

Most assessments are long and drawn out and often require three steps: completing the assessment, processing the assessment, debriefing the results. Those three steps can sometimes occur weeks apart. And, they are done individually. If you want to to understand other people's strengths, you often need a fourth step, some type of group debrief.

Personality Poker combines those four steps into a a 60 minute activity that will have your people buzzing for weeks. The premise of the game is simple - collect and/or trade cards until you have a "hand" that best represents who you are. Shapiro has spent over a decade honing the cards so that they provide a reliable and valid assessment of people's personalities. He has cleverly adapted something that we are familiar with, a standard card deck, into an assessment tool. Each attribute of the card provides a different insight into your personality style:

* Color - your thinking style
* Suit - your innovation style, where you work best in the innovation process
* Number - where and how you draw energy

When you finally create your "ideal" hand, you will see a simple yet powerful snapshot of who you are and how you interact with others. You can use that understanding to guide further discussion, assemble teams, or provide coaching to your people. The accompanying Personality Poker book provides in-depth discussion and analysis of the various personality styles revealed through the cards.

I'd highly recommend Personality Poker to anyone who is interested in increasing innovation, improving performance, and developing high performing teams. It's the last personality assessment that you'll ever need.
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