Are apples the secret to creating a conflict and stress-free workplace?

Are apples the secret to creating a conflict and stress-free workplace?

1 in 5 workers in Australia have experienced major problems in communication with a co-worker or a boss at work.*  Working with people you just don’t get can be performance-sapping, costly and extremely stressful. 

 For many small businesses, traditional personality and behaviour training programmes are too expensive, time-consuming and are often filled with corporate speak that fails to connect across all levels.

New video training program – Working With People You Just Don’t Get!aims to address this gap. Developed by renowned behaviour and communications trainer, coach and author, Lynne Schinella, the program has been developed to meet the specific needs of small businesses. It helps small teams better understand each other, as well as customers and suppliers and how to leverage their differences to work more effectively with less stress and greater productivity.

 So where does the humble Apple fit in? Apples and other everyday Fruit – Mangoes, Limes and Bananas are key ingredients in Lynne’s RIPE Personality Profiling System – which forms the foundation of Working With People You Just Don’t Get!.

 “There are many established and sophisticated personality profiling systems which have many merits. Although they deliver detailed and lengthy analysis of personality, in today’s increasingly fast-moving workplace I believe that we need a tool that is simple, down to earth and easy to remember.” explains Lynne.

 Lynne created the RIPE Personality Profiling System in 2004 as an alternative option. It draws on the work of many leaders in the field (Carl Jung, Ned Hermann and Katherine Benziger) and has the benefits of being fun, blameless and easy to digest and recall.

“This is where the Fruit come in! We use Fruit to reflect behaviour preferences…. Apples are hardcore and don’t break easily. Mangoes are luscious, sexy messy little things. Limes are concentrated and intense, but not in your face. Bananas are sweet and pliable with many uses!  People really engage with our fruit profiling because it makes the complex simple and relevant,” says Lynne.

 Since developing RIPE, Lynne has trained organisations all over the world on how to work with the strengths and challenges of being an Apple, Mango, Lime or Banana and work more effectively as a team, with huge success. But till now the program has remained out of reach for small businesses.

“Small business are often really vulnerable when it comes to conflict and stress – things can quickly spiral out of control and unfortunately most have limited resources at their realm. We are very excited to launch Working With People You Just Don’t Get!  We know that it will really speak to small businesses. The programme is cost effective and simple. It cuts through corporate speak and replaces It with blameless language and delivers results – a team that is less stressed and more connected, engaged and productive.” 

Lynne says understanding what behaviour preferences each person has and why you get on with them – or not –  is a light bulb moment for many participants.

“They finally ‘get’ why they never ‘got’ on with that other person. It gives them permission to be themselves and encourages transparent and honest conversations. It’s ok not to get on with someone, but there must be respect for each other’s work. And this programme allows for that needed discovery and discussion,” concludes Lynne.

You can find out more about Lynn’s work at or check out her new book Bite Me and Other Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing With Our Differences.

* 2016 Snapshot of the Australian Workplace

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