Excerpts from “Optimal Level: A Woman’s Guide to Meeting Life’s Challenges”

Excerpts from “Optimal Level: A Woman’s Guide to Meeting Life’s Challenges”

Liz Peterson and I wrote “Optimal Level: A Woman’s Guide to Meeting Life’s Challenges” because we wanted to focus on what we do have control over – our behaviors. We are all born with unique personalities, which we cannot change. However, we can change our behaviors; we can choose how we respond to who we are, where we are, and what we are. The book’s structure is based on the four unique behavioral styles defined by the DiSC behavior assessment modes from Inscape Publishing, Inc. The four quadrant behavior styles in this model are dominant, influencing, steadiness and conscientiousness. We used four characters, Hillary, Ivana, Laura and Martha, throughout the book to demonstrate behavioral styles and we explore together how each of the styles approach and respond to life issues and the choices we have for how to maximize our strengths and deal with our weaknesses.

By no means are we trying to put you into a box. We do know from years of experience, however, that most woman are most comfortable operating out of one or two modes of behavior. Regardless of your style preferences, we think you’ll gain insights on how to deal with you challenges in the most effective manner.

We’ll explore the four personalities below and provide solutions in areas that are particularly challenging:

Hilary
She functions best in the dominant role. She likes to have control, be the boss, and tell others what to do. She makes decisions very fast and is sometimes lacks tact in responding to others. She makes a good leader and is very efficient.

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Ivana
She prefers to function in a very outgoing, lively style. She enjoys having the spotlight and loves to get recognition for what she does.

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Laura
She prefers to be in family oriented environments and is more quiet and friendly. She enjoys life when everyone is cooperating and people appreciate her support

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Martha
She values accuracy and pays attention to detail. She likes it when all the t’s are crossed, the i’s are dotted and everything is in its place.

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