Unit VII Article Review
Columbia Southern University
Unit VII Article Review
In the article entitled “Dealing with Different Personality Types in the Workplace”, Megan Pasche discusses how to deal with different personality types in office environments and other work places. She goes on to give tips and strategies on certain types of behaviors and how to act accordingly. The author’s main point, intended audience, and supporting arguments will be discussed in this review.
AUTHOR’S MAIN POINT
The author’s main point is that people are different, and, therefore, act differently; as such she believes there is a specific way each different person should be approached. She asserts that some people may be easier or harder to deal with than others, and that there are certain angles one can take to reduce friction or alleviate potential issues. She touches on a few particular types of personalities and tries to give sound advice on what to do when interacting with these people.
Her intended audience is anyone with a job that might be part of a team or someone who is in a position where they must work with others.
EFFECTIVENESS OF AUTHORS ARGUMENTS
The author does a decent job supporting her points. She begins by giving sound advice that I agree with, for the most part. She then discusses some potentially problematic personality types and discusses how to deal with them. I would agree with most of her assessments and advice, so I would have to say her arguments were fairly effective. She could have expounded on some points a little, but overall I wasn’t displeased.
EVIDENCE SUPPORTING AUTHOR’S POINT
The article lacked evidence for the most part. While the author did speak accurately about specific personality types and gave decent advice on how to handle them, she failed to give any supporting documentation or links for the reader to follow which might help to reinforce her ideas and help the reader to feel more confident in her assessments.
The author’s main point is that people are different, and, therefore, act differently; as such she believes there is a specific way each different person should be approached. She touches on some things that are known to be true, but she really abbreviated the article for some reason. There were a lot of different personality types she failed to mention. She also failed to mention quite a bit of very useful information. The article could have been a lot better if she had doubled or even tripled her content.
EVIDENCE SUPPORTING OPINION
There is much more information on this topic within our text book. On page 290, DuBrin lists fifteen different types of “difficult” people. Pasche failed to mention two thirds of these. She would have been better served if she had taken the time to include more of these types and given references to help support her points. DuBrin also tackles each type with more detail. Pasche’s recommendations were short and to the point and somewhat accurate, but should have been more clearly defined.
Overall, the author Megan Pasche was accurate in her writings, but she could have been more successful if her article had a little more information and supporting content. Reading this article after having learned the information in Unit VII made it seem somewhat weak. Had I been able to read it as a lay person I might have found the information more helpful. Young people with less experience in the workplace or who have less education in this area, would benefit more from the information in this article and might have a higher opinion of it.
Pasche, M. (2014). Dealing with Different Personality Types in the Workplace. Retrieved from http://today-magazine.com/dealing-different-personality-types-workplace/
DuBrin, A. J. (2015). Human Relations. Interpersonal Job-Oriented Skills. Twelfth Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Pearson.
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