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The Birkman Method: Your Personality at Work Hardcover – 31 May 2013

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (31 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118207017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118207017
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The reality of life is that your perceptions—right or wrong—influence everything else you do. When you get a proper perspective of your perceptions, you may be surprised how many other things fall into place."
—DR. ROGER W. BIRKMAN

Whether you′re wondering if you are in the right career, looking to change job roles, or trying to reduce conflict and improve relationships, you must begin by clearly understanding your own interests, personal behaviors, and motivations.

Used by millions of people worldwide, the Birkman Method is the only personality assessment to go beyond the behavior we can see to reveal the critical "DNA" underneath that drives productivity and job satisfaction. The Birkman delves deeply into such aspects of your personality as your communication style, response to incentives, ability to deal with change, and relationship with authority. These factors together show what motivates and ultimately drives you. Once you identify them, you can readily spot the triggers for stress that derail you on your worst days, and figure out how to maximize your potential when you′re at your best.

Each copy of The Birkman Method includes one free online Birkman assessment and personal report, which the book will help you interpret to better understand your individual needs, triggers, and strengths. Armed with your results, you will see the unique value you bring to your workplace, family, and community—and ultimately how to live up to your own highest potential.

The Birkman Method is a guide to achieving more inspiring leadership, better team harmony, and higher individual achievement, for you personally and throughout any organization.

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The Birkman Method eloquently describes a data–driven workplace assessment that enables people to identify and discard long–held negative assumptions about job and career success. It also provides a lens through which managers and supervisors can challenge stereotypes about who can or can’t add value to a team or organization. This timely book is a must–read for leaders tasked with max­imizing the productivity of an increasingly diverse 21st–century workforce.”
―Price M. Cobbs, coauthor, Cracking the Corporate Code; president and CEO, Pacific Management Systems

“The Birkman gives work groups measurable data to see behavior objectively, rather than personally, leading to productive discussion and change. The Birkman Method is an engaging and valuable how–to reference guide, even to certified Birkman practitioners.”
―Susan Diamond, chief learning officer and vice president, Women Presidents’ Organization

“Our differences are what allow us to uniquely contribute to our business, to soci­ety, and to our community. Birkman provides us with the ability to understand that uniqueness and maximize our potential.”
―Padraig O’ Ceidigh, chairman, Aer Arann

“The Birkman assessment is essential in risk management―it can help you hire the right person, develop your leaders, and create more cohesive teams. The Birkman is the most granular, informative, and actionable tool out there, and companies that use The Birkman Method will get a higher rate of return and boost happiness.”
―Kathy Long Holland, president and founder, LongSherpa Design

“A brilliant, impactful, and comprehensive look into the invisible motivators behind success and the unseen barriers behind failure. The Birkman Method makes a compelling case for the need to unravel the intrinsic motivators for accelerated leadership effectiveness and talent development. The rich cases and stories make this a must–read book for leaders across all cultures.”
―George Kohlrieser, professor, leadership and organizational behavior, IMD; author, Hostage at the Table

“It’s critical to know the things that make a person tick. Once you understand the individuals you work with each day, you can give greater opportunity to your employees and create a more powerful team.  The Birkman Method is an easy read that provides thought–provoking insights and understanding.”
―Steve Lufburrow, CEO, Goodwill Industries of Houston

The Birkman Method is a tool that provides awareness, understanding, and wisdom for anyone on a learning journey. The power of the Birkman is its ability to make sense of the stories we tell of our interactions with others, which forms the basis of who we are and how we act. This wonderful book shares these stories so that all can relate.”
―Kelly D. Bean, assistant dean, UCLA Anderson Executive Education

“Beliefs and perceptions are such dangerous things―they can cost you so much. The Birkman Method helps me recognize them in myself and in others, but more important, it provides a framework for talking about them in an open, nonconfrontational way.  I simply don’t know what I would do without the Birkman.”
―Justin Parer, managing director, Pi Strategic Management

The Birkman Method’s unique approach sets it apart from any other psychometric assessment tool.  Eleven years and 4,500 completed assessments later, we continue to rely on it to add value to our company’s individual development and team–building efforts on an ongoing basis.” 
―Margie Poole, senior organizational development consultant, CenterPoint Energy

“Building strong leaders and exceptional teams are table stakes for competing successfully in our industry. The Birkman Method has been an invaluable tool for us in supporting this mission for an extended period of time.”
―John Farrell, senior director of organizational development, Marathon Oil Company

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Enjoyed reading "The Birkman Method"

It is a remarkably easy read and very quickly gets into really good practical examples of how the insights available through Birkman can make a difference today and for the future.

If you have had experience of the Birkman, the you will find this reinforces what you already know and takes you deeper into understanding yourself and others.

Particularly helpful is the sections on combining components and how hey influence each other.

If you have not discovered this tool then this book is also a great introduction.

If you have not met the Birkman Method before this is a good way to get a taste of what it's al about.

Really helpful in making this valuable material more accessible.

If you want to raise your self awareness of how you are unique and how others are different from you, then this is a good place to start.
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The title of my review stresses the importance of what I view as a Golden Rule mindset with regard to accelerating personal growth and professional development: the more we "do unto others" to support their growth and development, the more they will support ours. Hence the importance of a personal assessment such as the Birkman Method. More specifically, as Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell explain, "a workplace assessment designed to identify and to suggest how to optimize your potential by teaching a healthy awareness and a greater understanding of you might fit into the bigger picture of society." Better yet, "it offers a no-nonsense way to deal objectively with all types of personalities in all aspects of a job." Moreover, the Birkman Method "is the only assessment tool that reaches beyond more self-described behavior to reveal the underlaying m0tivations that drive and inspire." Those who purpose a copy of this book qualify for a free Birkman assessment at a website (identified in the book) at which to take it for electronic processing. Those who complete it then receive a brief personal profile by email. "The Birkman profile is so sharply focused that those who repeated the test decades apart typically get nearly identical results."

For me, one of the most important points that Fink and Capparell make throughout their narrative is the interdependent relationship between self-knowledge and understanding others. I think this is what they had in mind when agreeing to collaborate on writing the book I have just read.
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Interesting. Informative. Case studies and examples useful but sometimes clouded by the (perceived) hard sell on the benefits of their Trainers and the value of the concept. More objectivity would be appreciated.
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Well received - thank you
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