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.

 

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What we love about each DiSC style

FranklyHearts-1, each of us sometimes experiences frustration due to the styles of others. We can lose patience with or just not “get” another person. Even in our office, you might hear a comment like “Can you soften that D a bit while we discuss the issue?” or “Can you reach into some C to take care of those reports?” But we also really love each style and try to learn from each of them.

It’s a common facilitation technique to go around the room and tell each person what you appreciate about them so we decided to do that with each DiSC style. These are comments from our own staff about what we love and appreciate about each style. Please share what you love about a coworker or family member with a different style than yours. We’ve reversed the order here just to change things up. Our “i” staff member likes that.

 

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Using DiSC when giving or receiving feedback

We might love to offer our opinions, but providing feedback in the workplace isn’t always easy. We wonder if it’s really wanted, if it will be accepted, or if it will be acted upon. Will the recipient be thankful, accepting, cold, hostile, or punishing?

Teams can help each other give honest feedback and seek out productive conflict if they are supportive. And if they practice giving feedback.

Many recommendations for giving feedback, such as asking permission to do so, apply to any style. But each DiSC style has a different goal and fear around getting feedback. Feedback implies a need for personal change of focus, activity, or behaviors and can stir up personal fears and insecurities. These tips may help giving feedback that’s more easily accepted.

 

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Everything DiSC facilitation checklist

speakerWhether you’re offering your first training using Everything DiSC or your 20th, we hope this checklist proves useful. Please offer any suggestions you have for improving it. We know that you’re the real experts.

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Chose the right product

First determine which product best meets your needs. Is it the general Workplace or would Management be a better choice? Not sure which Everything DiSC product to use? Review the overviews at Which Everything DiSCĀ® assessment should I use?

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Everything DiSC and holiday stress

Stressed out imageIt’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.

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