Congratulations on completing your Everything DiSC® assessment. (If you took another version of DISC, sorry, but this article won’t apply to you.)
How can you use this assessment?
Learn about yourself
We’re going to assume that you took Everything DiSC Workplace although the Management and Sales profiles also present this type of description.
The content here is based on where your dot falls in the Everything DiSC circle. For example, if you’re an S style, your report will most likely read differently from another person with an S style.
The first thing we suggest doing is reading the first five pages to learn more about DiSC and to learn about yourself. Go through pages 4 and 5 carefully, with a pen or marker in-hand. Highlight what you feel proud of, what you might want to include in a cover letter, resume or profile. Put a check mark, or highlight in another color, the descriptions you might disagree with or have concerns about.
You can go over this part of your profile report with a friend to get another perspective on your behaviors and priorities. Ask for examples of when your friend or colleague has seen this type of behavior. If you work with a coach or mentor, that person will also benefit from your sharing of this information and discussing it. Your style doesn’t limit how you choose to behave. If you find that some behaviors aren’t working for you in a particular situation, you can work on choosing another. What works well in one circumstance might not be the most successful in another. You probably flex into behavior more common to other styles with some regularity.
Look at page 5 and consider how you knowing your priorities can make it easier for you to express them clearly. It’s always easier to work with someone who makes their needs and priorities clear. That way you can negotiate around them. For example if you see that you prioritize collaboration, but your boss or others on your team value accuracy more highly, you can discuss ways to meet both your goals and theirs.
Take time to consider what page 6 is telling you. If you like to journal, these items should give you plenty to write about and reflect upon. How can you increase what motivates you? How can you ask for more? How can you decrease what is stressful for you? Are there skills you could learn that would make some of these items less stressful? Do you want to share any of this with your boss, partner, or loved one?
These three pages are great to review before a job interview or a performance review.
Learn about others
The next few pages of the profile, pages 7 – 11 will give you some insight into how you probably relate to others. We all have our unique styles, personalities, and priorities. These pages summarize how you might react to others, especially initially. It will help you understand what motivates others and where you might be making incomplete judgments of others.
You’ll notice that the style that is directly opposite yours can be difficult to work with or be highly valued because of your differences. Think of someone you have difficulty with and consider if they are this style.
Pick one of these styles and see if you can identify someone you think might have this style. Be aware that at this point you’re just making an assumption unless you know their Everything DiSC style. Nevertheless, it can be helpful to read the description of another style and be curious about it. You can test your assumptions by asking the person you identified about their priorities. Does their differing priority make it hard for them to work with you? For you to work with them? Can you see how working with another style might improve the results for your team?
Apply what you’ve learned
Pages 12 – 16 give you strategies for working with others. You’ll notice that even people with a similar style can be challenging. Highlight some of the points you want to remember and think might improve your relationship. Try one of these strategies and see what happens.
Keep this report available for review the next time you’re having a hard time understand a coworker. See if it doesn’t give you some additional insight.
The last few pages provide you with more information about the 12 styles within DiSC instead of looking at just the four more broadly defined styles.
Use MyEverythingDiSC.com to continue learning
If your DiSC administrator has given you access to the MyEverythingDiSC.com site, sign in and start exploring. You’ll have access to your report and can invite others to share their information with you in a 1-to-1 Comparison Report. You also learn more about the history and research behind DiSC.
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