Facts from the Everything DiSC Manual

Everything DiSC ManualNow that the Everything DiSC Manual is available for sale, we thought we’d share some of what we have highlighted in our copies.

Styles

Definition:
“A style is a set of typical response patterns that are expected from a person. However, that doesn’t mean that a person can only exhibit that pattern. For instance, an individual who has been assessed and located in the D quadrant will demonstrate more dominant behaviors and preferences than the average person, but will also, from time to time, show behaviors and preferences that are associated with the other three quadrants.” Read more Facts from the Everything DiSC Manual

7 reminders for a 360 review

surrealistic picture of an apple reflecting in the mirror1. Know why it’s important to administer a 360

Self-awareness only goes so far. You can’t work on behaviors you don’t know are problematic, and you could be surprised about what others see as your strengths. None of us has a complete picture of ourselves. There’s no way to see the back of our head without a set of mirrors, trusted friends, or colleagues to tell us. We need that reflection to get a 360 degree vision.

Leaders will frequently believe that people understand their vision and expectations, but in a 360 they’ll discover that this may not be true. Research by Inscape Publishing (now part of Wiley) shows that many leaders need a reminder and some pressure to “encourage others to be a bit more creative and adventurous in their thinking.” A good 360 review can deliver this type of constructive and actionable message to a leader. Read more 7 reminders for a 360 review

What I’ve learned from DiSC over the years – episode 2

Everything DiSC dot showing a Di styleLike my colleague, I’ve seen my dot move – but not by much. I’ve been taking DiSC assessments for 20 years and I’m surprised by how little my dot has actually moved. Even back when the report showed a graph my style has always been very high D and I, and low S with a little more C. I am still high on action and short on patience, more accepting than skeptical, and more outspoken than reflective.

What I have learned is that even though I’m strongly inclined toward the iD style, I am adaptable and that it takes effort for me to understand what others need so I can do a better job providing it.

Read more What I’ve learned from DiSC over the years – episode 2

Self-awareness and DiSC

HBR articleI wanted to say a few things about Harvard Business Review’s recent article, “Research: We’re Not Very Self-Aware, Especially at Work.”

 

I was struck by this sentence:

“It’s no secret that many of the most popular developmental assessments used for gaining self-knowledge, such as the MBTI, DiSC, The Birkman Method, and The Core Values Index, woefully lack evidence linking their results to actual learning or job performance.”

 

Read more Self-awareness and DiSC

What I’ve learned from DiSC over the years

I was looking at two different Everything DiSC Workplace profiles I took several years apart. My basic C style remains, but I’ve moved much more towards the outside and towards D. What does this tell me?

 

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Acceptance

I believe that as I’ve aged I’ve become more comfortable being who I am, and in asserting my priorities. I’ve become more myself. I’ve also become much more comfortable moving into another style. So while I don’t typically seek out collaboration, for example, I am not ill at ease working that way. I’ve accepted that I’m introverted and that it’s not a character defect, as another example. So when I see phrases on the DiSC questionnaire that might have seemed a little undesirable to me in the past, I accept them now because I know that my preference does not equal my ability. I can show enthusiasm and be supportive even if I don’t show a strong preference for those behaviors.

 

Read more What I’ve learned from DiSC over the years