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Managing Without Walls: Maximize Success with Virtual, Global, and Cross-Cultural Teams by Kevin Wegryn, Colleen Garton

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Understanding Interaction Styles

Every person has his or her own distinctive style of interacting with others. This interaction style encompasses many aspects of a person’s personality, including typical behaviors, communication, reaction under pressure, motivators, and demotivators. A person’s style influences what makes him or her comfortable or uncomfortable, and determines how he or she deals with conflict. Does the person run away from conflict, or confront it and tackle the problem head-on? Is he or she usually the one creating the conflict, the victim of the conflict, or the person who steps in and tries to smooth things over? Understanding different styles of interaction is important in understanding your team members. It is also important ...

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