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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Personality: Influences In and Out of the Workplace

Updated: May 26, 2020

Whether someone is transitioning to a new place to work, making decisions on where to work after graduation, or struggling with co-workers, the topic of personality will arise. The all-encompassing area of what people like, prefer, or desire as well as the subsequent behavior, attitude, or decision cannot be ignored in the realm of career development. Books, assessments, seminars, and college courses examine the multiple aspects of personality and so must we, on a continual basis. ~ Melanie Reinersman, M.A.,

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“Personality has power to uplift, power to depress, power to curse and power to bless.” - Paul P. Harris
“Why am I as I am? To understand that of any person, his whole life, from Birth must be reviewed. All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient.” - Malcolm X


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