Workshop: Why it is good to know how people tick


In the workshop held by Karoline Moldaschl-Pree, the participants got to know their personality. The model used in this context may serve as a practical tool for the human resources department when it comes to hiring the right people for certain jobs.

In order to get in touch with yourself, sometimes all you need is a simple playing card game: In the workshop with Karoline Moldaschl-Pree, the participants got the task to describe themselves by picking five attributes. These attributes were printed on cards with four different colours. Each colour was assigned to a special type of personality: a logical, a creative, a structured and an emotional one.

After this warm-up, the alumni were joint together in pairs based on the colours of their cards. In this groups of two, they did an exercise in the course of which they were able to detect a remarkable amount of similarities between them in terms of preferred tasks as well as preferred ways of behaviour. Furthermore, the attendees presented some vivid examples of how communication between people with opposite traits can go wrong. As these situations are very likely to occur in the daily working environment, also some approaches towards preventing or dealing with that kind of issues were discussed comprehensively.

Playful trait analysis

At the end of the workshop, all of the participants came to the same conclusion: The HBDI-model that they were presented in a funny, playful way may be considered as a powerful tool for the work of the human resources department in companies. It does not only help decision makers to find out whether candidates for jobs in a leading position possess - in addition to the required professional skills - the necessary traits to qualify for the aspired position.

This model also helps supervisors in companies to systematically build a team consisting of different personalities. Members of more diversified teams have, due to their individual strengths and preferences, the potential to complement each other in daily work. In order to achieve this effect, however, the supervisors need profound knowledge about the different personality types and their pecularities as well as strong mediative skills.