Handouts for extending DiSC training

Handouts for extending DiSC training

Everything DiSC reportsHow can you extend the value of the DiSC training you’ve offered a group? It’s a commonly asked question. Issues related to personality, leadership, or teamwork probably came up during your last training. Review what got placed in a “parking lot” or that you took note of. Is there a way to follow up on anything there?

One easy follow-up action is emailing or handing out articles related to communications, conflict, leadership, sales, etc. Get the group back to discuss them or ask for comments in an online forum or intranet site.

What are some of your favorites? Do you create your own?

Ideas for follow-up

You might first want to go through a quick review of DiSC with this DiSC Styles and Dr. Seuss Quotes slideshow (.ppt).

Hand out the Everything DiSC Activity Book for a fun review.

The "Get it Done" TeamIf the group you’re working with has a dominant style, consider printing one of these posters for them.

Take a look at Pinterest

What images fit your style? If you did the Day in the Life activity, ask participants to think back to that exercise and what images they’d add to their posters. Sample boards:

Articles to share

Here are a few examples of recent articles that should start a few discussions:

How lockdown may have changed your personality, BBC, July 2020
“I don’t think there will be an average effect … a trend that the majority of people will show,” says Rodica Damian, from the Personality Development and Success Laboratory at the University of Houston.

Want to change your personality? It may not be easy to do alone, Neuroscience News, January  2020
“Changing aspects of your personality, such as becoming more extroverted or conscientious, can be difficult to achieve based on desire alone.”

Why Great Success Can Bring Out the Worst Parts of Our Personalities, Harvard Business Review, August 2018
“The successful-entrepreneur-as-difficult-person stereotype is so entrenched that many people assume these difficult traits are what cause entrepreneurial success. In fact, it’s far more likely that exceptionally talented people like Musk, Hughes, Jobs, Getty, and Armstrong succeed despite these traits.”

How our teenage years shape our personalities, BBC Future, June 2018
“It’s early days for research on this topic, but the potential implications are exciting and important because, by learning more about the forces that shape teenagers’ personalities, we can potentially intervene and help set them on a healthier, more successful path.”

Why Great Employees Leave “Great Cultures” Harvard Business Review blog, May 2018
“The best companies recognize that there are three elements to a culture: behaviors, systems, and practices, all guided by an overarching set of values. A great culture is what you get when all three of these are aligned, and line up with the organization’s espoused values.”

Research: To Be a Good Leader, Start By Being a Good FollowerHarvard Business Review, August 2018
“People will be more effective leaders when their behaviors indicate that they are one of us, because they share our values, concerns and experiences, and are doing it for us, by looking to advance the interests of the group rather than own personal interests.”

Leadership Moments: Make Sure Your Strengths Don’t Become A Weakness, LinkedIn, June 2018
“You want people to be able to shed their own toolkit and open up to different areas.”

Why Do So Many Managers Forget They’re Human Beings? Harvard Business Review, January 2018
“Our research showed that a global movement is taking place in the C-suites of thousands of progressive organizations like Accenture, Marriott, Starbucks, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. The leaders of these organizations ask themselves ‘How can we create more human leadership and people-centered cultures where employees and leaders are more fulfilled and more fully engaged?’”

How you can spark motivation at work, London Business School, January 2018
“The best performers are motivated by work that is rewarding in itself: work that gives meaning to their lives or develops their skills.”

20 Easy Ways to Improve Communication in the Workplace, Justworks, March 2018
“The more an employee trusts you, the more likely they are to come forward and communicate when a problem is occurring.”

Evolution of Workplace Communication, Bambu, January 2018
“Don’t just jump straight into instant-messaging platforms and intranets. Think about the holistic changes you want to make to your communication strategy and how you can make that strategy work for your business.”

Should You Share Your Feelings During a Work Conflict? Harvard Business Review, December 2017
“And the real issue is not whether you reveal your emotions or not. What’s most important is that you have the ability to choose whether or not to share your feelings.”

Here are a few older articles that can still stimulate a discussion:


Test your knowledge of DiSC styles

DiSC Profiles Quiz (Two)

Quiz: DiSC style and conflict

Quiz: DiSC and motivation

Everything DiSC Work of Leaders Quiz

Short video:

Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing

Laura Trice suggests we all say thank you

Patrick Lencioni on Teamwork


Don’t forget that Discprofile.com offers training aids such as People Reading Cards, Interaction Guides, and Style Guides.



1 Comment

  1. Tim Holdsworth 10 years ago

    I try to follow up on trainings with these 2 questions:
    With whom have you successfully applied this training?
    How have you integrated the training into your day-to-day activity.
    When I get a few good responses, I share them with the entire group (after asking permission of course).

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