Effectively Collaborate Across Personalities

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Devora ZackDo you sometimes feel that your colleagues don’t understand who you are and what are you saying? According to Devora Zack, global keynote speaker, leadership consultant, and author of several books, including, The Cactus and Snowflake at Work, we often work with individuals of different temperaments who can seem as different as the logical cactus and sensitive snowflake. The good news is that can be great for the strength of the team and the company – if you take time to understand how “the other half lives” and works. In this CareerCast, Devora shares her research, insights, and humor-infused wisdom to help you collaborate more effectively with cacti and snowflakes.

Aired November 19, 2021

Devora Zack is a best-selling author, global keynote speaker, and leadership consultant. Her internationally released books, The Cactus and Snowflake at Work (Berrett-Koehler 2021), Networking for People Who Hate Networking, 2nd Edition (Berrett-Koehler 2019), Singletasking (Berrett-Koehler 2015), and Managing for People Who Hate Managing (Berrett-Koehler 2012) are translated into 45 languages. Awards include Forbes Top Networking book 2019, Forbes Top Five Self-Help Books, Top Five Business Books of 2016, and Top Ten Non-Fiction by the Washington Post.

She is CEO of Only Connect Consulting, Inc. (OCC) providing leadership and team programs to 100+ clients. Ms. Zack has keynoted for the Smithsonian, Pfizer, Johns Hopkins, National Institutes of Health, London Business School, U.S. Department of Education, Treasury Executive Institute, U.S. Patent & Trademark, and Mensa, among many others.

She has been invited twice to tour Australia by the Australian Institute of Management. Additional sample clients include Deloitte, Delta, Bristol-Myers Squibb, FDA, Department of the Interior, America Online, ICF, and U.S. Department of Education.

Ms. Zack holds an MBA from Cornell (full tuition merit scholar), a BA from University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude), certifications in MBTI and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and memberships in Phi Beta Kappa and Mensa. OCC won USDA’s Woman-Owned Business of the Year.

She has been featured in dozens of media such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC- TV, Bloomberg Radio, US News & World Report, CNN Money, CNBC, Fox News, British Airways, Forbes, Cosmo, Self, Redbook, Women’s Health, Working Mother, and Fast Company.

Enjoy TV, videos, interviews, articles, and podcasts at: www.myonlyconnect.com

The Cactus and Snowflake at Work: How the Logical and Sensitive Can Thrive Side by Side by Devora Zack (2021)

Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration by Keith Ferrazzi and Noel Weyrich (2020)

How to Read People Like a Book: A Guide to Speed-Reading People, Understand Body Language and Emotions, Decode Intentions, and Connect Effortlessly by James W Williams (2020)

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Chapman and Paul White (2019)

Leading With Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, And Inspire Action On Your Most Important Work by Peter Bregman (2018)

The Art of Authenticity: Tools to Become an Authentic Leader by Karissa Thacker (2016)

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith (2007)

How to Act Like a CEO: 10 Rules for Getting to the Top and Staying There by Debra Benton (2003)

The Art of SpeedReading People: How to Size People Up and Speak Their Language by Barbara Barron and Paul D. Tieger (1999)

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936)

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