Thinker Base employs the Process Communication Model in our communication skills training courses to help individuals and teams learn to communicate more effectively. One of the focuses of PCM is learning to identify dominant personality types and knowing how to communicate most effectively with them. With the right training, you will be able to identify personality types within your group, and based on your analysis, know how to communicate with them in a way that will communicate your message the most effective.
The Personality Types
Dr. Taibi Kahler, who came up with the idea and theory of PCM, theorized that each person was made up of varying levels of six different personality types:
We all have some amount of these personality types within us, though it may be a lot of a little. Whichever type is your most dominant is your base personality and the one that is most effective with which to communicate. This not only helps teams communicate more effectively with each other, but it can help bosses learn how to effectively manage their teams in order to reach their highest potential.
Thinkers love details and organization and are often one of the most responsible people in the group. They may be really good at quickly relaying ideas and theories to the people around them. Communicating with Thinkers requires you to be factual and structured, and they thrive on positive feedback for their work.
Persisters are driven by their own beliefs and usually have a high ethical standard. They may be highly devoted to a cause or idea and want to share about it with others. Persisters may be excellent judges and be able to give balanced opinions. Communicating with them should be an exchange of values and beliefs, giving them space to discuss the things they hold most dear.
Harmonizers are the feelers of the group. They are usually the most compassionate and sensitive members and may have warm relationships with those around them. Communication with Harmonizers should be full of sensory engagement and giving them space where they feel safe and accepted.
Rebels are the creative force in the group. They love to find solutions to complicated problems and may be very artistic. They are often spontaneous and can turn even the most mundane tasks into a game. Communicating with them requires a playful approach; humor is often the best way to capture their attention.
The imaginer may be seen as the introvert of the group. They carefully weigh all of the possibilities before giving their option. They are usually slow to judge others and excellent at observing their own habits and behaviors. Clear, direct communication works best with the Imaginer, and they may need to take time to ponder the situation before contributing.
Promoters are great at finding solutions and are usually charming. They can usually adapt to any situation. Promoters are resilient, too; they are great at bouncing back from a setback and encouraging others to do so, too. They appreciate direct communication and will need a lot of stimulation to stay interested.
Which Type Are You?
One of the descriptions above might have a strong ring of truth to you, so you may already have a good idea about your own base personality as well as where some of your team members fall. It’s more likely, though, that each of you is made up of an interesting mixture of all of these. Taking a PCM course will help you discover where you fall and help you quickly analyze those around you for their own personality makeup as well. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to understand how they see the world and how to get your message across to them.
PCM is More Than a Personality Test
The Process Communication Model is more than just a personality test, though. It’s an entire communication model that can help you identify potential points of stress within your group that could inhibit your communication as well as your progress on tasks. Identifying those stress points and knowing how to move past them will help you achieve better results than ever before. That’s an exciting prospect whether you are in the business world or are dealing with personal relationships.
Are you looking for a way to build more effective communication with your team? Your Relationships? Yourself? Discover the secrets of PCM and how to apply it realistically in your own life. The skills that you learn might end up being exactly what you need to become a more effective employee, manager, and even strengthen your personal relationships.
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