Personality Poker: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamwork and Innovation by Stephen Shapiro, Portfolio, 272 Pages, $25. 95, Hardcover, October 2010, ISBN 9781591843603 Everyone faces business challenges, and everyone can think up different ways to approach work, but the way we do these things can be categorized into certain styles. For some, results are the focus.
Personality Poker can help you understand why some employees become frustrated when your organization's culture conflicts with their innovation styles. With it, you can diagnose the reason your company is struggling to grow. And it can help you, as an individual, be happier and more successful by aligning your style to your role. When we understand our personality style, we can perform at higher levels and better enjoy what we are doing.Shapiro's book can also smooth some of the rough edges that inevitably occur in teams, perhaps helping employees appreciate those that might rub them the wrong way or get in their way. Personality Poker teaches us that it is sometimes the most difficult people who are actually the ones we need to work with the most—a useful counterintuitive lesson. The surprise with Personality Poker is that Shapiro hasn't just written a book and given it a clever title. Instead, the title is literal: Personality Poker is also a card game that comes packaged with the book, a fun tool to help individuals and small groups work better together. Often, meetings are held before a project to define responsibilities and goals. Just imagine replacing these rote meetings with a card game, an approach that will help your team accomplish more and have fun in the process. Invest in Personality Poker and find out if you're a heart, club, diamond or spade, and, as a result, you will become a better team member or leader when the work is dealt out.