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Add excitement and impact to your style training with StylePlay - 12 Group Card Games. These quick, energizing games reinforce learning and build awareness in a fun, nonthreatening manner.
Understand the four personality styles
Learn how the four styles interact
Practice interacting with those of similar and different personality styles
Understand the strengths and weaknesses of each style
StylePlay - 12 Group Card Games and the other titles in the HRDQ STYLE SERIES are based on the well-known research and personality theories of psychologists Carl Jung, William Moulton Marston, and others. Most research has identified two basic dimensions of style, which we refer to as assertiveness and expressiveness. Assertiveness is the effort a person makes to influence or control the thoughts or actions of others. Expressiveness is the effort that a person makes to control his or her emotions and feelings when relating to others.
How it Works
Each StylePlay card displays an adjective describing a characteristic that people usually demonstrate in daily interactions. Participants can take part in 12 different card games - or the facilitator can create a new game with the StylePlay cards. Each of the games allows participants to identify preferred styles - either their own, those of other participants, or those of famous people.
StylePlay - 12 Group Card Games can be used alone, in combination with any Style Series title, and with other training products. The Facilitator Guide features a brief overview of the Style Theory that is the basis of the games and the other Style Series instruments. In addition, Debriefing Questions and Key Learning Points are provided to help facilitators draw significance and participants to gain deeper insights.
Uses for StylePlay
Provide stand-alone activities such as ice breakers and energizers
Incorporate into a learning experience on teamwork, leadership, or communication
Include as an introduction or follow-up to What's My Style? and all the other Style Series titles
What to Order
For 8-12 participants, order one Complete Game, which includes a Facilitator Guide. For additional players, order an Extra Card Deck.
Complete Game includes:
2 reusable decks of 48 cards each
Sturdy game case
Facilitator Guide (featuring an overview of Style Theory, instructions for conducting 12 group games, administrative guidelines, Debriefing Questions, and Key Learning Points)
by Sivasailam " Thiagi" Thiagarajan and Tracy Tagliati
Fast and Fun Card Games for Improving People Skills
From the Thiagi Group, Playing with Style is a collection of card games for employee and management development training. Improves the knowledge of personality style and interpersonal skills. Developed by Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan and Tracy Tagliati of The Thiagi Group, these instructional games and training activities supplement the learning from the HRDQ Style Series, assessments that accurately identify individual personal styles.
There’s lots of buzz about personal style and how to capitalize on it. But acquiring and mastering this knowledge can take years through real-life experiences alone. Playing with Style is a collection of ten different training games and training activities that help individuals to quickly learn the common characteristics of each of the four personal styles in the HRDQ Style model: Direct, Spirited, Considerate, and Systematic. These training games and activities also help develop an understanding of the strengths and potential trouble spots associated with each style. Individuals quickly build fluency in the different personal styles so that they can improve interpersonal skills and interact more effectively with others. Playing with Style motivates people to take an active role in the mastery of personal styles.
Game play ranges from one-player solitaire to large group activities, and most games can be played in less than 30 minutes.
The objective of the instructional games is to help individuals quickly build fluency in the different personal styles so that they can improve interpersonal skills and interact more effectively with others. Playing with Style motivates people to take an active role in the mastery of personal styles. The games provide a wide variety of interactive training activities and learning experiences.
HOW IT WORKS
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
The Playing with Style games are intended as supplemental learning and training activities to the HRDQ Style Series assessments. While it is possible to introduce the HRDQ Style Model using Playing with Style, it is most helpful to participants to have a working knowledge and understanding of their preferred dominant style and the basic characteristics of each of the four styles. The games are an excellent follow up to any of the titles in the HRDQ Style Series.
Playing with Style includes 10 card games plus an additional bonus game you can use as an ice breaker or closing activity. Based on classics such as poker, rummy, and bluff, game play ranges from one-player solitaire to large group activities.
Each game takes approximately 15 – 30 minutes to facilitate and play. The choice is yours – play one, play some, or play them all. We guarantee the games will be the hit with any audience. Participants will leave the session prepared to transfer the learning to the workplace and put their newly-acquired knowledge into immediate action.
Theory and Development
Playing with Style was developed by world-renowned training game developer, Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan and Tracy Tagliati of The Thiagi Group. Using their experience and expertise in the field of instructional games and training activities, Playing with Style was developed as a supplemental learning tool to the HRDQ Style Series assessments.
The power behind Playing with Style and the HRDQ Style Series products lies in the simple but effective model for understanding human behavior. Based on the proven personality theories of Marston and Jung, the model identifies two basic dimensions of personal style: Assertiveness and Expressiveness. Assertiveness is the effort a person makes to influence or control the thoughts or actions of others. Expressiveness is the effort that a person makes to control his or her emotions and feelings when relating to others. Combining the two dimensions results in a four-quadrant model with four unique personal styles: Direct, Spirited, Considerate, and Systematic. The simplicity of the HRDQ Style Model is easy for trainers to facilitate and memorable for employees and managers to apply.
Uses for the Game
Playing with Style is an excellent way to expand, enhance, and reinforce the learning gained from the HRDQ Style Series training assessments. Here are just some of the ways you can use the instructional games for classroom-based training:
Introduction to any Style Series assessment
Standalone training activities
Component of a management development workshop or training program
Follow up to any Style Series assessment
Product Type: Game Time Required: 15-30 minutes per game # of Players: Suitable for 1-20 players
Games (with recommended group size) include:
Speed (8 – 20)
Which Style? (8 – 20)
Personal Style Poker (8 – 20)
Five Tricks (8 – 10)
Quick Classification (5 – 6)
Grab It (5 – 6)
Bluff (4 – 6)
Auction Rummy (3 – 4)
Match (3 – 4)
Solo Style (1)
The complete game includes enough materials for most group training. Recommended table or group sizes for each game typically range from 3-20 people per game. Additional card decks are available for larger sessions. The Playing with Style complete game includes:
Personal Style Card Deck – 52 game cards and 4 Style cards.
Tablet of Feedback Tables – used during game play as a reference and scoring key
Personal Style Summaries – illustrates the advantages and disadvantages of each style
CD-ROM with reproducible reference content
Sturdy carrying box
Dr. Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan
Thiagi is the Resident Mad Scientist at The Thiagi Group, an organization that helps people to improve performance effectively and enjoyably. He has published 40 books, over 100 games and simulations, and more than 200 articles. Thiagi has made hundreds of presentations and keynote speeches at professional conferences. He has served as the president of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), and Association for Special Education Technology (ASET). Thiagi has received numerous awards, including the ISPI Honorary Life Member Award and the Ifill-Raynolds Award.
Tracy Tagliati, CPLP
As the training manager at Move, Inc. and an associate at the Thiagi Group, Tracy specializes in activities-based training for both instructor-led and web-based environments. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business education and a master’s degree in training and performance. Tracy is active in the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA), and the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). She has presented at numerous international conferences, and she is the co-author of Jolts! Activities to Way Up and Engage Your Participants and PLAYING WITH STYLE.