Self-Assessment: Discussion Style



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Self-Assessment: Discussion Style


Each item in the following assessment reflects something that a person might say or think. For each item, indicate how well this statement describes you when you are interacting with teammates. Use the following scale:

1 = never (not at all like me)

2 = rarely

3 = sometimes

4 = frequently

5 = always (very much describes me)


1. When I get a good idea during a team meeting, I say it as soon as possible, even if I have to interrupt to do so. ___

2. I am careful to wait for my teammates to finish speaking before I jump into a team discussion. ___

3. My teammates sometimes accuse me of not listening. ___

4. I nod or agree with teammates while they are talking. ___

5. I hate feeling as though I have to wait my turn to talk during a team discussion. ___

6. If I keep getting interrupted during team meetings, I generally give up on trying to talk. ___

7. I talk over (talk at the same time as) teammates who are trying to speak. ___

8. I prefer to listen carefully to what my teammates have to say before I form my own opinion. ___

9. I enjoy challenging my teammates’ ideas. ___

10. If I need to express criticism, I am always careful to avoid hurting my teammates’ feelings. ___

11. When a teammate expresses a new idea, my first instinct is to point out the flaws. ___

12. When a teammate expresses a new idea, my first instinct is to ask questions. ___

13. I always say what’s on my mind during team meetings. ___



14. I think it is rude when my teammates never stop to ask me about my opinion. ___


Add up your responses to the odd-numbered statements. If your score is greater than 25, you exhibit many characteristics of a competitive discussion style.
Add up your responses to the even-numbered statements. If your score is greater than 25, you exhibit many characteristics of a highly considerate discussion style.
Note: The self-assessments here focus on styles that sometimes come into conflict and are by no means comprehensive. You may find that you score low on both scales or that you exhibit some characteristics of both the competitive and highly considerate discussion styles. In that case, simply choose the description that seems to fit you the best.



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