Perception Connections

A Blog by Birkman

Taylor Chan

Taylor hails from Boston, Massachusetts, with a deep passion for design and innovation. With over ten international creative publications, she brings a trained, artistic eye to Birkman’s marketing department. When she isn't consuming 17th century European works, you can find her dancing, running, or serving her church on the weekends.

4 Tips to Select the Right Team Building Assessment

From onboarding new employees to conflict resolution, increasing team morale to deepening relationships in long-standing groups, team building is an integral way to maintain effective teams. Going further, understanding the strengths and behavioral patterns of each member is at the core of developing meaningful relationships that increase group synergy, drive performance, and lead to organizational success.

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Is an Assessment Reliable and Valid?

As you search for a personality assessment to catalyze and add value to your team building session, first validate the accuracy of the assessment itself. If you are looking to build a sound architectural structure, it's essential to begin with a solid foundation. Keep in mind that a team building session is not merely a light-hearted break from your daily office routine-- it's an exercise that can impact your organization's productivity, success, and bottom line.

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10 Tips for Team Building

Searching for solutions to common interpersonal or team problems can be overwhelming. 

First, you have to establish goals for your solutions then whittle everything down to the granular, logistical components for each step in the process. We've found that an effective method for overcoming team challenges, whether it be miscommunication within the group or on-boarding new team members, involves individual and group coaching in the form of team building sessions. Check out these ten tips to bring greater interpersonal understanding, communication, and empathy to your team.

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The Top 3 Team Building Assessment Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Fostering impactful relationships that are productive and supportive is a crucial part of overcoming common team challenges. At the heart of most workplace problems lay foundational interpersonal components that impact all team interactions. 

Each person on the team adds and multiplies potential for:

  • Individual communication styles that look different from what they prefer
  • Conflicting preferences for how other people should communicate
  • Differing views on what makes an ideal workplace culture
  • Clashing motivators such as individual competition vs. teamwork, social service vs. reward, etc.

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Birkman Recognized as a Women’s Business Enterprise

First appeared on PR Newswire on September 4, 2018

Birkman International, a business specialized in assessing human behavior and perception, is newly recognized as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. The certification is effective as of Aug. 30, 2018.

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Resolve Conflict with the Power of Birkman


Since 2005, Miramont Country Club has upheld standards of excellence in providing a family-friendly and upscale community for Bryan and College Station residents. As one of the finest private country clubs in Texas, Miramont was awarded ninth place by Golf Digest for the 2017-2018 Best in State Award and boasts an eighteen-hole championship course, plus four additional holes for practice and family play.

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Tips on Effective Coaching with Birkman

We always enjoy hearing from master practitioners of The Birkman Method and recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with executive coach and author Robert De Filippis. With over four decades of experience consulting across multiple industries, we asked Robert to share some trade secrets on effective coaching from his latest book, On Coaching with The Birkman Method, to drive coaching and business success using Birkman. 

Check out these tips and tricks from our insightful conversation below:


Q: What is the first step in becoming an effective coach?

A: Dr. Roger Birkman, the creator of The Birkman Method wrote, “The reality of life is that your perceptions—right or wrong—influence everything you do. When you get a proper perspective of your perceptions, you may be surprised how many other things fall into place.”

The professional Birkman practitioner can and should use Birkman, in Dr. Birkman’s terms, to “get a proper perspective on their own perceptions” before attempting to assist their clients to do the same.

Good coaching starts with knowing one’s self. It continues with creating an operational awareness of subconscious decision processes in our clients. This way they can learn to make more effective life decisions and enjoy, as Dr. Birkman said, “how many other things fall into place.”

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[Infographic] There's No Such Thing as the Millennial Personality Type

We've all heard about the different characteristics of each generation in the workforce. When thinking about these different generations, it's not uncommon to make misinformed generalizations about each group, especially in times of conflict. It's important to realize that these generalizations can stand in the way of getting to the root of the issue—whether differences and conflict stems from personality dynamics, generational dynamics, or other factors.

Conflict that stems from these dynamics is often attributed to visible and familiar differences such as ethnicity, gender, or age. However, it's crucial to realize what the underlying cause of different issues may be. Check out this infographic to see the differences between personality dynamics and generational dynamics, and how they influence your team!

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5 Ways to Build Stronger Teams Using Personality Assessments

Build a stronger team. Sounds like a great goal, right? However, you may feel unsure of how you can achieve this goal, as well as what results to expect afterwards One of the best ways to overcome common team challenges and cultivate authentic connections among team members is to use personality assessments to improve communicate and heighten emotional intelligence within your organization.   

Using a robust personality assessment in various team building activities leads to a variety of benefits for your organization—check out these five ways to build stronger teams using personality assessments! 


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