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Effective Communication Styles Inventory (ECSI)
The ECSI is a powerful window into the different ways people think, prioritize, communicate and influence others. I first learned to think about style differences from Dr. David Jones at Sentient Systems. I owe him a great debt for informing my thinking on this matter. As I used the ECSI in seminars and watched thousands of people over the years work with this tool in teams, as individuals within teams and within families, I have gained many insights into human behavior and interactions. Simply stated use of the instrument tells us four things:
the extent to which a person is more or less assertive (i.e., whether they have a tendency to “ask” or “tell” people things;
the extent to which people are more or less expressive (i.e., introverted or extroverted);
their dominant communication/influencing styles (i.e., have a propensity to think/analyze, do/take action, collaborate/support others, create/big picture orientation), each of us can use more than one of these styles;
given one's style, tips are provided on how to get someone's attention and/or influence their thinking and/or behavior utilizing their style - and what's important to them - versus your style and what's important to you.
As you work with the ECSI it is important to remember it's just one "windowpane" you can look through to understand oneself and/or others; there are many other tools and people are much more than their score on the ECSI - it's one very good tool nonetheless. Have fun with it and please contact us with your feedback and any insights at firstname.lastname@example.org
Effective Communication Styles Inventory Scoring Form