What Your Workspace Reveals About You

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Florida professor shares insight with NBC television viewers.

Reporter Ashleigh Walters recently included Florida professor Dr. Cathy Bush, Board of Governor Frank McKinney and the parent of a Northwood alumnus in her WPTV television story which delved into the subject of work spaces and what they say about their inhabitants.

The story highlighted three very different work environments including Florida Board of Governor Frank McKinney's Delray Beach tree house which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, a Lake Worth family-owned Saddlery, and a Palm Beach internet technology workspace located at the Society of The Four Arts.

"When Ashleigh called to request a professor to comment regarding workspaces and what they say about us Dr. Cathy Bush came to mind immediately," said Suzi McCreery, Northwood Florida's Director of Public Relations. "As an expert who has worked with and consulted for businesses on a variety of measures to improve team effectiveness, I knew she could share insight."

"The personality characteristic of conscientiousness is the number-one characteristic of what predicts whether or not we think somebody is awesome at their job," said Bush, while carefully evaluating each space.

As she highlighted specific personalities of each workstation, and detailed what they say about the personality of their occupant, Bush pointed out that a shared environment (as in the case of Elvio Salazar's efficient Society of the Four Arts internet technology office) is best for extroverted personalities. The fine craftsmanship and efficient organization of Perry McLelland's work area at McLelland's Saddlery in Lake Worth seemed to indicate creative and introverted personality traits, a common mix according to Bush. And the innovative tree house office of Frank McKinney offered a great example of how a very organized and pragmatic person can surround himself with a wide range of stimuli to inspire creativity, which has helped him in his architectural work as well as in writing five books from the site, Bush shared.

Dr. Cathy Bush holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University. For the past two decades she has studied and invested in the development of leadership in individuals and groups as a professor, a researcher, a consultant, and an executive coach. Her consulting experiences include working with a number of organizations in a wide variety of industries while providing workshops and consulting with leaders on organizational issues such as team effectiveness, process improvement, employee retention, performance management, employee satisfaction, employee assessment and selection, and change management. Dr. Bush has taught Northwood University MBA program leadership and marketing classes since 2001, and recently served as the Academic Dean of the DeVos Graduate School of Management for all Northwood University campuses.

Ashleigh Walters is an award-winning journalist who joined WPTV in July, 2011. Prior to working in West Palm Beach, she worked as an anchor and multi-media journalist at WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina. As a reporter, she covered the Education and Legislative beats and was named Reporter of the Year by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association in 2009. In 2010, competing in both North and South Carolina, she won a Silver Award from RTNDA for political reporting. In the Associated Press Awards, she won a 2nd place in 2009 and a 3rd place in 2010, both for Education. At KUSA-TV in Denver, CO, Walters was the producer, fill-in host and interviewer on the magazine-style show "Colorado & Company.. Some memorable interviewees include Jamie Foxx, Sylvester Stallone, Jessica Biel, Dakota Fanning, Jim Lehrer, Kevin Bacon, Beth Holloway and L. Paul Bremer, the Ambassador to Iraq. On her segment, "Art with Ashleigh," she presented some of her own original art projects.

To view the television story please visit: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/what-your-workspace-or-desk-says-about-you