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BrainStyles

Books worth a look.

If you don't initially agree with human development consultant Marlane Miller's theory that people don't change, don't worry: You're in good company.

"All my background in education, psychology, human and organizational behavior was about one thing: change," writes Miller in BrainStyles: Change Your Life Without Changing Who You Are (Simon & Schuster, $23 cloth). "Change the environment and you'll change the business and the people along with them. I trained people to make changes--to modify their behavior and learn new ways to lead and manage, to follow management models based on case studies of successful people."

Once she was brought in to improve teamwork among the employees at her husband's manufacturing company, however, Miller underwent something of a transformation. Rather than change people, Miller now believes the key to harmonious workplaces (and, for that matter, self-actualized individuals) is to learn to appreciate the different "brainstyles" each of us has.

What's a brainstyle? "An individual brainstyle is a whole pattern of strengths," Miller explains. "It is what you are naturally good at, can be counted on for, and what you love doing."

Throughout the book, Miller details each of the brainstyles she has isolated--from Knower to Deliberator. Both readable and insightful, BrainStyles is a good choice for entrepreneurs with staffing headaches.

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This article was originally published in the April 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: BrainStyles.

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