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User Reviews

What people who use the Friendly Style Profile™ have told us. All comments are used with permission.

Business Coaching
Most of my clients are professional women who want help with work issues, and then they expand into issues with their spouse or partner.  Clients really like how the Friendly Style Profile opens their eyes about the factors that precipitate excess.  This awareness helps them become 100% responsible for managing themselves and less likely to blame others.  The material is concise and easy to understand.  Some clients have even said, "wow, this is secret little booklet that no one else has."

Lisa Carpenter, Owner
Carpenter Coaching, Folsom, CA
August, 2013

I use this profile in my class where business students are introduced to working in cross-functional teams. I like the explanation of styles, especially strengths turning into excesses. Students keep the booklet as a reference to use during the semester.

Ken Elliott, Ed.D, Management Instructor, College of Business
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
July, 2011

Calm and storm is a huge concept ... other profiles don't identify the difference between calm and storm as effectively. I really like the use of "excess" to describe behavior as opposed to "weakness"... people get this. Gives them language to talk about what they have been reacting to ... is a safe framework to start difficult conversations.

Liz Dooley, MS
Counseling, Consulting and Training, Eugene, OR
July, 2011

We use FSP to help our clients learn ways to manage their excesses and bring out the best in themselves and others. We work with Corporate employees and have noticed that from executives to frontline workers there is much benefit from learning that every style has strengths that become excessive. Our clients seem to grasp this concept faster than the old way of pointing out their weaknesses. We have come to prefer online scoring because it reduces the likelihood of errors when completing the questionnaire. We still use the booklets in-house and at workshops and use the online booklets for international clients.

Joyce Odidison, MA, PPC, President & CEO
Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., Winnipeg, MB
July, 2011

I first used this profile teaching an American Management Association seminar and now use it with my private clients. I use very few profiles, but this one has substance and a degree of sophistication I like ... especially the concept of calm and storm. My clients like it too ... including technical and engineering professionals who like how practical it is.

Carol Rudman, PhD, President
Rudman Associates Management Training, Long Island, NY
May, 2005

Gives work teams a tool for identifying differences and clarifying misunderstandings around the ways that people do their jobs. Shows the office teams and plant teams the styles of their members and how they communicate. Is compact, easy to digest, inexpensive, can do in one day.

Stacey Kropp, Training & Development
Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Neenah, WI
April, 2004

Church Ministry
I use this profile with pastors who are training to be ministry transition specialists as intentional interim ministers. Appreciating how their styles shift in calm and storm is very important ... shows them where they start with their un-thought-through ways of interacting with people ... and puts them in better position to manage themselves in all kinds of situations.

Rev. Dianne B. Christopher, Ministry Consultant
First United Methodist Church, Centerville, IA
August, 2013

The work profile is a useful tool when working from a "family systems" perspective ... especially its insights around the calm-storm shift. "Playful" interactions around the four styles lower the anxiety in the group and increase the awareness individuals have of themselves and others. Breakthrough conversations and options for relating to one another often follow.

Rev. Norm Thomasma, Director, Pastor-Church Relations
Christian Reformed Church in North America, Grand Rapids, MI
April, 2012

Shows that style differences are a core of why so-and-so drives me crazy. Sometimes itís even a relief to some to find that their ways of dealing with people and tasks are not so unusual. Easy to grasp concepts ... style strengths are easy to remember. We use it for work teams and to assist parties who are experiencing conflict at work. Shows how people can interact with each other respectfully even in conflict.

Sandee Gamet, Peacebuilding Specialist
Community of Christ, Independence, MO
July, 2011

Shows people their leadership styles when conditions are calm and stormy. Seeing their styles in storm really helps people make choices ... is consistent with Bowen Family Systems and Dr. Edwin Friedman. Gives people a way to do more than just react ... equips them to better serve their congregations in leadership roles.

Rev. Norma Cooper, Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Faculty, Parish Lay Academy, Irving, TX
January, 2006

The calm-storm shift immerses people in family systems in a way that is so much better than showing them a video. Helps rectors, wardens, and vestries develop a neutral, common language and integrate family systems into their parishes ... they draw their own learning.

The Rev. Canon Matthew Stockard, Canon to the Ordinary
Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, Kinston, NC
April, 2006

Almost everyone connects to the styles ... sees why they don't get along with so and so. Suggestions on what to do are very helpful. Everything you need is in the booklet ... can keep referring back to it ... it's all there.

Rev. Terry N. Gladstone, Director of Congregational Resilience
Detroit Annual Conference, United Methodist Church, Port Huron, MI
July, 2004

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