DiSC collage activity

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.

C-poster

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

collage for DiSC i styleThis 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.)

 

Tips

EverythingDiSCFourPrioritiesThis is a very easy activity to run as long as you have enough supplies: images, glue sticks, glue dots, scissors, stickers, markers, etc.

  • 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.

Quiz: DiSC and motivation

Quiz: DiSC and motivation

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Everything DiSC Management profile pages on motivationMotivation is most directly addressed in the Everything DiSC Management profile.

More quizzes

 
Your answers are highlighted below.
Question 1
Which of the following would demotivate someone with an i style the most?
A
Feeling like their time is being wasted.
B
Getting rushed to make decisions.
C
Dealing with cold or argumentative people.
D
Working in a reserved, slow-paced setting.
Question 1 Explanation: 
The i styles prioritize action, encouragement and collaboration.
Question 2
What's an effective way of recognizing or rewarding employees with S styles?
A
Show that you trust them to deliver results by giving them more responsibility.
B
Give them plenty of variety and opportunities for socializing.
C
Help them build expertise in new areas of interest.
D
Place them in the limelight.
Question 2 Explanation: 
The S style employee wants to be respected and is unlikely to put themselves forward for new opportunities.
Question 3
What is the natural motivation of someone with an S style?
A
To create and maintain stability where tension and conflict are rare.
B
To bring high standards and analysis to projects.
C
To achieve recognition, career growth, and influence.
D
To initiate adventurous or groundbreaking programs.
Question 3 Explanation: 
This style values progress, but thrives when given time to perform without being rushed or stressed.
Question 4
What's the best way suggested below of recognizing and rewarding someone with a D style?
A
Give them an award during a ceremony.
B
Offer sincere praise.
C
Offer opportunities for advancement.
D
Offer a compliment in private.
Question 4 Explanation: 
The D style is driven.
Question 5
Which of these does NOT demotivate a D style?
A
Routine
B
Competition
C
Foot dragging
D
Tight supervision
Question 5 Explanation: 
The D styles prioritize challenge, drive and action.
Question 6
Which of these would be a motivating environment for an i style employee?
A
High standards and expectations within specified parameters.
B
Structure and routine.
C
Concrete goals, explanations regarding the bottom-line purpose of assignments.
D
Several opportunities for collaboration with their boss and peers.
Question 6 Explanation: 
The i style is energized by working with others. They value relationships.
Question 7
Which of these would NOT help create a motivating environment for C employees?
A
Requiring that they attend frequent networking events.
B
Avoiding springing last-minute demands on them.
C
Giving them plenty of time to process information.
D
Encouraging them to help define quality standards.
Question 7 Explanation: 
People with the C style tend towards introversion and like to get absorbed in analytical projects.
Question 8
Which is most likely to demotivate a C style?
A
Needing to be confrontational and challenging.
B
Being forced to let errors slide.
C
Having to wade through a lot of details.
D
Being isolated from others.
Question 8 Explanation: 
The C style want to base their decisions on logic and value objectivity, reliability and like a good challenge.
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What happened to my style: iC or DS?

If you’ve taken a DiSC Classic 2.0 or DiSC Classic paper version of the DiSC assessment, you may have had a style which doesn’t seem to appear in Everything DiSC reports. Why?

 

DiSC dotFirst let’s look at the circumplex model and the location of the dot. The dot’s location tells you two things. In the image at right, it shows that the person straddles the D and C styles. He or she is a DC or CD style. It’s placement towards the edge of the circle shows that this is a strong priority or preference. A dot positioned closer to the center of the circle would have indicated only a slight inclination towards the C and D styles.

 

Note the shading around the dot. This shows that this person has a bit of i and S as well. This person prioritizes challenge, results and accuracy much more than collaboration, for example. That does not mean the person isn’t good at collaborating, but rather that she or he isn’t likely to be motivated by opportunities to collaborate. The DiSC model doesn’t tell us if the person might enjoy or hate collaboration, or might be good or bad at it. It’s just not a priority.

 

Spanish DiSC circle modelIt’s possible for someone to have four or even five priorities. Their circles look a little different. The person with the example at right might have been an iC in the older DiSC Classic. This example is an i style who prioritizes action,
enthusiasm, and collaboration, along with accuracy, which isn’t characteristic of most people with the i style. It will be much easier, or take less energy, for this person to focus on details or double-check work than it will be for others with the i style who might have to stretch more to reach the same level of precision.

 

LEARN MORE

How My Graph Became a Dot, pdf report

Facilitators might want to use the Supplement for Facilitators report with clients who have a fourth or fifth priority. It provides a bit more information.

Understanding our D-style colleagues and friends

Understanding our i-style colleagues and friends

Understanding our S-style colleagues and friends

Understanding our C-style colleagues and friends

DiSC styles in sales

We’re often asked which DiSC style makes the best leader or the best sales person. Recently a blog posted about which DiSC profiles should fill various positions in a real estate office. We know that a person of any style can be a great leader or effective in sales. But they need self-knowledge and the ability to read and respond to the priorities of others. Let’s look a bit deeper.

 

One DiSC style might match the stereotype or pre-conceived notions you have about a role. The best leaders are D styles. The best teachers are S styles. The best accountants are C styles and the best sales people are i styles. These are stereotypes and of limited use. In reality, the most successful person in any role is one that has a deep understanding of themselves and the ability to drawn on each style within them. Remember, the DiSC model is a circle. We all have a bit of other styles on which we can draw.

 

Good sales people need to draw on all the styles. Sometimes they need to generate excitement about a product to get it noticed (i style). Sometimes they need to show a frustrated customer that they are sincere in their desire to help (S style). Sometimes they need to pull out all the facts to make a convincing argument (C style). Sometimes they need to push a bit to close the sale (D style). I believe no sales person remains in one style during an entire sales cycle.

 

Everything DiSC Sales profile

 

Priorities and strengths

There are indeed different strengths and priorities individuals with various DiSC styles bring to their jobs. The first three pages of the profile report cover your sales priorities, your sales strengths and challenges. So one style might easily show dependability, sincerity, and build good relationships and need some training and support to be more focused on showing competency, getting results, and taking more direct action when needed. Rejection might be harder on this style, but nurturing long term relationships with customers might come more easily.

 

What about the style of the buyer or customer?

 

The style of the buyer, customer, or client is half the sales equation. If your sales staff can’t adapt to different buying styles, they aren’t going to be as successful as they could be. Can your sales staff quickly type a customer and then confirm their style through additional interactions? A C-style customer is likely to be overwhelmed by someone using an i style of selling. An S-style buyer might feel rushed and offended by a strong D-style of selling.

Sample page from Everything DiSC Sales profile

Sample page from Everything DiSC Sales profile

 

A full 15 pages of the Everything DiSC Sales profile are devoted to understanding your customers and adapting to their styles. This is reflective of the current needs of businesses that are being challenged to be more customer-centric rather than product-centric. With the rise in power of the consumer, today’s challenge is to show you understand their needs, their problems, their interests.

“The essence of selling is figuring out how what you’re offering will help customers accomplish their objectives–not your objective, their objectives. Anything else is pointless and self-serving.”
How One Entrepreneur Learned to Sell (in a Barroom)

 

Instead of trying to hire for the perfect sales person by DiSC style, we recommend customizing your sales trainings to support the challenges each DiSC style faces. Increase their self-understanding and their ability to understand their customers. Provide flexibility in the support you give your sales staff. Use DiSC to help a sales team better communicate and understand each other. Sales managers can use their knowledge of styles to better motivate and manage their sales staff.

 

by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team

Everything DiSC or Discus?

When people talk about the DISC profile or DISC assessment, it’s very likely that they are referring to DiSC Classic (the first assessment built on the DISC model) or Everything DiSC, both published by Inscape Publishing, a Wiley brand. It’s the most widely recognized DISC profile used around the world. However, others have also created assessments from the DISC model so let’s look at one of them: Discus, from Axiom Software.

 

Profile reports

 

The simplest way of comparing what you’re going to get from an assessment is to look at the resulting profile:

 

Sample from Discus

Sample from Discus

Sample from Everything DiSC

Sample from Everything DiSC

 

What you might notice

Everything DiSC presents a single circular image to give the reader an image to explain possible and self-reported personality traits and what the respondent’s style is. Discus uses a series of graphs to show an individual’s internal, external and summary profiles, as well as their shift pattern. Style cards are also used to expand one’s understanding of the respondent’s style.

Both profiles provide content to further present information about the respondent’s style. Everything DiSC uses a more narrative style directed to the person who took the assessment. Discus uses more of a bullet point presentation, using single paragraphs for various categories, and is directed to the person who administered the assessment. Discus has a page devoted to management and managing styles. Everything DiSC has a separate profile, Everything DiSC Management, to cover that topic in greater detail. Twelve pages of the Discus profile are devoted to a general glossary of terms. Everything DiSC provides an introduction to the DiSC model and overviews of the other DiSC styles.

 

Questions to ask

Which report do you think provides more self-understanding for the participant? Which report is easier to facilitate or use in a coaching or training environment? Which one explains the DISC model best? Does either report use language that might confuse your client or cause any resistance to accepting the report? Which report is the most memorable?

 

Validity and reliability

 

If you’re going to the trouble to purchase and use an assessment, you want to be sure it actually means something and isn’t a superficial report. Both publishers provide research about their profiles:

PDF file Research Report for Adaptive Testing
This report provides the validity research for the Everything DiSC assessment profiles using computerized adaptive testing.

PDF file Everything DiSC: 79-item assessment
Research on the Everything DiSC profiles for Management, Sales, Workplace, and the Everything DiSC Comparison Report.

A Reliability and Validity Study on the Discus Personality Profiling System
The test-retest method was used in the reliability study and was administered to 90 employees from a variety of companies in Kwa Zulu-Natal and Gauteng.

 

What you might notice

The Discus study was done on a much smaller sample in terms of numbers (N=90 versus N=2,270 for Everything DiSC Workplace) , geography, and other demographics. Everything DiSC has invested in computerized adapted testing, which make their results more accurate than their previous DiSC Classic product.

 

Support

 

If you’re not familiar with the DISC model or haven’t used assessments often, you’ll also want to look into the kind of support you can expect in using the product you choose. Do they offer additional tools? Is there a community of facilitators? Is there training? Everything DiSC profiles each have a facilitation kit and facilitation reports as well as training tips  and trainer certification available. Discus has a Knowledge Base and video library available.

 

Conclusion

 

Your needs and the interests of your clients will determine which profile you choose to use. You as the facilitator or coach should be comfortable and informed about the product you administer.

 

by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team