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Introductions and onboarding
Just being told someone’s DiSC style doesn’t always make it stick in your mind. However, watching them walk to where their dot appears on the Everything DiSC circle and stand proudly there will make a longer-lasting impact.
Ask each participant to move to their DiSC spot on the graphic. If your group is very small you might all fit, but it’s probably better to give each person a chance in the limelight.
Ask each person to answer one of the following questions once they’ve found their spot.
- What does your style bring to our team?
- What is one assumption you might make about you based on where you’re standing? Would that assumption be correct or incorrect?
- What should we know about your style?
- What’s a challenge you have on this team that you’d like help working on?
- How do you experience being close to, or distant from, the center?
Affirm each style bag toss
Every style brings something unique to the teams they are on, so let’s give them some appreciation.
Items needed: One or more bean bags, masking tape
Preparation needed: Practice tossing your bean bag at the circle. Place your masking tape line at a distance where targeting a specific DiSC wedge is possible.
Ask for volunteers to stand behind the line you’ve created some distance from the circle graphic. Hand each a bean bag as they take their turn.
Each volunteer will toss a bean bag onto the circle. After it lands, they will say something they appreciate about the style on which the bag landed.
Variation: How would you thank this style? How would you ask this style for a favor? How would you sell to this style? How would you motivate this style?
Acting out each style
Since this activity requires playful acting, it requires a higher amount of participant comfort with being vulnerable in the group. Alternately, it can be done by two of more trainers, taking care to be as positive as possible. Props are encouraged.
Participant (or trainer) moves to a style and pantomimes gestures or activities associated with this style. The more over-exaggeration, the better. Ask others in the group if they think the pantomime is accurate or an unfair stereotype. Use this as an opportunity to talk about people-reading.
D style: Standing tall and proud, perhaps on a chair brought to circle. Directing a choir or orchestra. Giving directions. Winning an award.
i-style: Big smile. Singing with a microphone. Open arms. Waving at everyone. Dancing. Taking a bow. Calling and texting.
S-style: Motioning others over. Nodding slowly in agreement. Raising a hand to volunteer. Looking at the clock or a watch or phone and panicking. Making calming gestures.
C-style: Checking off items off clipboard or on fingers. Sitting alone with head down over work. Raises hand while shaking head “no.” One eye closed, looking through a magnifying glass.
It can be fun to have two trainers take opposite sides of the circle and pantomime how the two styles related to each other and then discuss challenges we can have working together.
Walk the circle
What’s something your team is trying to sell? It could be a product, a service, a proposal, a budget request, or anything. We’re all in sales one way or another. Take a position on the D section of the graphic. How would you sell to a D-style? What does a D need to make a decision? Move to the i section. How would you sell to an i-style? What does the i need to make a decision?
Are you exploring all perspectives? Take an issue confronting your team or just yourself. Stand on the S section of the graphic. What’s the S-style perspective on your issue? What would the S want to know or feel? What would the S-style ask? Move to the C section. What’s the C-style perspective? What would the C want to know or feel? What would the C-style ask?
Cut out images of leadership book titles. Ask people to sort them as to which type might be most drawn to each title (or most need to read each title). This might spark a discussion of which style or style we tend to associate most with leader and leadership. Have you observed trends in the popularity of one leadership style over another?
You could also do this with motivational quotes.
Images can be found through a simple Google images search. Samples:
We’d love to hear about how you’re using the Everything DiSC floor graphic. Leave a comment below or share in the DiSC Practitioners and Fans Facebook group.
by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team