It’s winter in the United States. That means the days are growing shorter and people are growing more stressed. Plus there are all the holidays and accompanying pressures. So what can we do to reduce stress for people at our organizations? Some tactics, such as limiting the availability of alcohol or increasing one’s level of physical activity, will apply across personalities. Other tactics are style specific.
EPIC is the assessment delivery and reporting platform where you manage all the profiles, send out access codes for tests, archive results, change your brand image, and conduct other administrative tasks. It offers you quite a bit of flexibility and control.
You’re first given access to EPIC when you purchase an EPIC Starter Package for DiSC. Your account will be set up for you and some basic branding, such as your company name and logo, will be added, if available.
The EPIC platform is provided by the publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., but your DiSCProfile.com team can assist you with your account.
A simple and memorable DiSC training activity
How can you make the DiSC styles even more memorable? People need to spend time with a concept and have experiences with it to make it memorable. Creating collages in one way to give someone one more experience with the DiSC styles. It’s an activity that draws on what they’ve had presented to them in their DiSC reports. It can be more memorable than words on a page or slide because it’s something learners make themselves.
Allow at least an hour for creating the posters and debriefing. Encourage collaboration and discussion. You can expect people to see an image and immediately call out something like “Oh, this is perfect for a D!” Or they will ask for opinions: “Should ‘speak up’ be for the D because they like to-the-point communication, or for the i because they love talking, or should it be for the S because they need to be better at speaking up?” You can step in to provide clarification about DiSC styles if needed.
Suggestions of collages
Several types of collages can be created. Ask participants to create one based on your teaching objectives.
Create a poster that reflects:
- Your own style
- Fears about your style (I might overuse this behavior, or I think people might see me as this way.)
- All four styles
- The style you find the most challenging
- How to work best with your style
- What you want to learn from the other styles
- Your team’s overall style
Sharing the experience and posters
This type of activity gives the facilitator plenty of opportunities to further explain DiSC priorities. Before beginning the exercise you can prime participants by asking them to make silent predictions about how posters will look and how people will work on them.
- Ask each collage creator to explain his or her poster.
- Allow others to ask questions.
- Ask for observations about the posters. (For example, someone might notice say that they expected an i-style poster would be full of bright images, but since the poster creator is so verbal that it makes sense that it’s full of colorful words, lots and lots of words.)
- Ask for observations about how people showed their styles as they worked. (Did the D style get done first?)
- What stereotypes came up during the creation or explanation of the posters? (For example, the person working on a D poster was handed the business magazine; the person working on the i style was handed the entertainment magazine.)
- If you’re concerned about time, you can provide a selection of images, words, stickers, etc. instead of entire magazines.
- Keeping posters up in a conference or break room can keep DiSC in people’s minds as they interact.
- Be observant as people work. Be there for questions.
- Remind people that there are eight priorities reflected in the four styles.
- If a team is missing a style, it can be helpful to have them work together to create a poster about that missing style. Then ask questions such as these: Which of those traits would they like to see developed on their team? Who tends to move into that empty style space? How does missing that style hinder their work?
Let us know if you’ve done an exercise like this. We’d love to share photos of posters on our DiSC Pinterest pages.
by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team
Quiz: DiSC and motivation
Motivation is most directly addressed in the Everything DiSC Management profile.
- Test your knowledge of DiSC styles
- Test your knowledge of DiSC profiles (2)
- Quiz: DiSC style and conflict
- Everything DiSC Work of Leaders Quiz
Being forced to let errors slide.
Having to wade through a lot of details.
Being isolated from others.
Needing to be confrontational and challenging.
Give them plenty of variety and opportunities for socializing.
Help them build expertise in new areas of interest.
Show that you trust them to deliver results by giving them more responsibility.
Place them in the limelight.
High standards and expectations within specified parameters.
Structure and routine.
Concrete goals, explanations regarding the bottom-line purpose of assignments.
Several opportunities for collaboration with their boss and peers.
Dealing with cold or argumentative people.
Getting rushed to make decisions.
Working in a reserved, slow-paced setting.
Feeling like their time is being wasted.
To initiate adventurous or groundbreaking programs.
To bring high standards and analysis to projects.
To create and maintain stability where tension and conflict are rare.
To achieve recognition, career growth, and influence.
Encouraging them to help define quality standards.
Requiring that they attend frequent networking events.
Avoiding springing last-minute demands on them.
Giving them plenty of time to process information.
Offer a compliment in private.
Offer sincere praise.
Give them an award during a ceremony.
Offer opportunities for advancement.