Perception Connections

A Blog by Birkman

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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Why Birkman

Why Birkman?

For 15 years, I have done leadership development for multi-national companies. I have a file cabinet drawer full of different assessments that I have taken over the years, trying to find one that truly that connects with my clients. The Birkman Method assessment is “the one.” It’s hard to explain why Birkman is different, but here are the reasons I, as well as thousands of others, use it as a primary tool to help organizations develop their leadership strengths.

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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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Introverted? Ask Yourself This in Your Next Meeting!

Whether you tend to be less assertive in communication or your preference is to work alone, it can be challenging to share your thoughts in meetings with extroverted, vocal team members. However, contributing in meetings is an important part in making your voice heard and gaining respect in an organization. 

That being said, there are situations where it is beneficial to step up and share your thoughts with your group, and other times when you may want to hold off on sharing. The next time you're in a meeting, use this graphic to analyze if you should be speaking up. Share with any introverts you know!

 

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Tactics to Become a Better Leader

What separates a good leader from a great one? Their curiosity and willingness to learn. 

The most successful and respected leaders view their leadership abilities as a skill—something that should be continually practiced, developed, and refined over time. While this is a continuous process that requires quite a bit of dedication, it's not an impossible task. In fact, most of the ways you can develop these skills are a  lot  fun—and you'll get the chance to learn about yourself (and others) along the way! 

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Birkman Colors

Are you objective and able to make quick decisions, or do you like to spend time reflecting on different options? What kind of activities do you like—planning, painting, or construction? These different preferences and behavioral patterns can be quickly communicated by your Birkman Color(s); red, green, blue, or yellow. Here are some traits that are associated with each color:

  • Red: represents action, energy, likes practical results
  • Green: represents persuading and communicating with people
  • Blue: represents innovation, creativity, and working with ideas
  • Yellow: represents order, repeatability, procedures, and systems

Birkman Colors are an easy way to talk about your unique personality type and are measured by four benchmarks: Usual Behavior, Interests, Needs, and Stress Behavior. 

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Strategies for Becoming a Self-Aware Leader

Confidence. Commitment. Passion. Integrity. All of these are characteristics of an admirable leader. But there is one trait that may overshadow them all: self-awareness. Self-aware leaders have the ability to monitor their own emotions and reactions. Leaders that are highly attuned to their behaviors (and how others perceive those behaviors) can make a positive impact in their organization by setting the tone for maturity, moderation, and civility that others will aim to replicate.

We promote self-awareness at Birkman—it's critical for everyone's personal development, not just leaders. However, self-awareness is difficult to practice, especially when under stress.

There are three elements to self-awareness:

  • Knowing your own behavior—good and bad
  • Leveraging your good behavior
  • Curbing the bad behavior

It seems simple, but even those of us immersed in a company culture that emphasizes the importance of self-awareness can struggle. Ultimately, in those moments when you're frustrated in the workplace, it's hard to step back, take a deep breath, and assess how you can best handle a situation.

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