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  • Writer's pictureLynn Ferguson-Pinet

Diversity on teams; it’s the best of times and the worst of times.

Teams that deliver exceptional performance are generally made up of individuals that bring each of the really strong positive traits from the 4 workplace personality styles. These teams also understand and appreciate each other enough to get past the traits that cause the most challenges. In an effort to help create this dynamic on more teams, I’ll be writing a series of articles on the “top irritants” as seen by each of the four personality styles. These irritants can cause great discontent amongst team mates, so identifying them, bringing some perspective to them, and devising tactics to deal with them can greatly improve communication amongst the team.

Here is my perspective on the top 3 irritants for each of the workplace personalities:


  1. Tardiness.

  2. Ambiguity of roles.

  3. Disregard for established processes.


  1. Lack of imagination or creativity.

  2. Not being heard.

  3. See others as being selfish or self centered.


  1. Lack of action.

  2. Rigid processes.

  3. When others don’t take responsibility/accountability.


  1. Acceptance of mediocrity.

  2. Lack of facts and logic.

  3. Lack of clarity.

As you can see from this list, there is a great variety of “top irritants” for each of the personality styles. Subsequent articles will focus on each personality style’s top 3 irritants and provide perspective and tactics for other team members to mitigate issues on the team.


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