Here’s a popular activity you might want to use or alter for your own DiSC training. This is appropriate for the DiSC® Classic and Everything DiSC® products.
Activity time: 90 minutes
- Divide group into their primary DiSC styles.
- Pose the simple instruction: “Create a poster that reflects a ‘Day in the Life’ of your style: D, i, S, or C.”
Tip: Suggest questions they can answer based on the goals of this session:
- What’s your first thought of the day?
- What makes it a great day? A bad day?
- How can we learn to best relate to you?
- How are you often misunderstood?
- What are your fears?
- What’s most likely to drive you crazy during a work day?
- What are the contributions you bring to a team/organization?
- Allow 8 minutes for the groups to work together on their posters.
- Have each group teach the other groups what they captured on their poster.
Tip: Allow the group to own their contributions, words, expressions. Step in only if something said is vastly incorrect for that style and the comment may be more aligned with group members’ secondary styles than their primary style. Acknowledge how difficult it is sometimes to tease apart primary vs. secondary.
- After each group finishes their poster teach-back (or if they are stumbling in their reporting), ask some follow-up questions such as.
- How do each style’s posters differ? Are there differences beyond text? (drawings, lists, wordiness, color)
- Did each group work together in the same way? (how they decided who would write/draw, how long it took them to put something on the chart, which group volunteered to go first)
- After each group has shared with the group, wrap it up by going around to each poster and adding the “Get it Factor” (the main motivation for each style – shortcut language)
- Get It Factor
D: Get it Done!
I: Get Recognition or Approval
S: Get Along
C: Get it Right
- Facilitate a discussion of the strengths of each style and ask for examples of how they’ve seen these displayed. When does their team need each strength most? What are some examples of when or how they have had to stretch into another style of behavior to accomplish a goal?
- Thank everyone for their willingness to share and for their insights.
Discuss how people can overuse their strengths. Ask everyone to visit the posters not reflective of their style and place a dot (or make a mark) next to traits or actions they’ve seen overused or as a limitation. Once everyone has returned to their seats, ask for examples of observable behaviors that show how a marked item has been a limitation or barrier. What does “overly analytical” really look and feel like to non-Cs, for example? When does the group welcome and value deep analysis? When do prefer less? Allow enough time for discussion.
Adaption for use with Everything DiSC Management
Ask the group to explore a day in the life of a manager and ask these questions:
- How does your management style contribute to your organization?
- What are your management challenges as a D, i, S or C?
- How have you been misunderstood as a manager (by direct reports or more senior management)?
- What would your direct reports say is something you avoid or neglect that would make you a better manager?
- What would you like to learn from another style?
Here are a few sample completed charts. You’ll find more on Pinterest. Some facilitators like to start the posters with some guiding text. Sometimes you’ll find a group will want to draw everything rather than write anything.
This facilitator offered participants the option of using cards from the QuikDiSC set and images.
Pinterest pages featuring each DiSC style. You’ll see a few posters created during Day in the Life activities.
Reminder: Facilitation kits are available for all DiSC profiles. They are easily customized by topic or the amount of time you have with participants.