Have you ever been frustrated by having to work with a certain team? They seem to drag their heels, or they’re just so loud, or they just keep asking for more data? It’s common for some teams to work very differently, but still effectively, with each other and understanding a team’s style can help with that.
Every team does things differently, has its own strengths and challenges. The personalities of the members and the personality of its leader, the type of work the team does, and the cohesiveness of the team all influence the team’s culture. The team, in effect, has its own personality, it’s own pressures to behave in certain ways and to prioritize particular behaviors. Most team members will likely feel comfortable with the group’s culture, but others may feel like they’re in a foreign environment if their own DiSC style differs considerably from the group’s.
The descriptions in the graphics shown here are just a snapshot of team characteristics. They show tendencies and shouldn’t be considered as the only behaviors a team will display. Teams can learn to flex toward behaviors needed during times of change, stress, innovation, stability, or maintenance. However, every team has its own zone of comfort, in terms of behaviors and attitudes.
If you’re the new leader or manager of a group, it can be very helpful to know it’s past culture. You will undoubtedly create a shift, but that change is easier on everyone if you acknowledge the current culture. Many organizations we work with ask their HR department to run a new Everything DiSC Group Culture Report or Facilitator Report whenever the group members change.
Consider printing out these PDF files and placing them in your conference room, break room, or other shared location. We’re sure it will generate some interesting conversations.
You can identify a Dominance or D culture by its quick decision-making, direct answers, and its competitive atmosphere. D-style poster [pdf]
You know you’re working with an Influence or i culture if you notice an energetic, collaborative, and optimistic atmosphere. i-style poster [pdf]
The S or Steadiness group makes itself known through is emphasis on stability, consistency, and supportiveness. S-style poster [pdf]
You’ll notice that a team showing Conscientiousness or C culture will focus on quality, accuracy, and order. C-style poster [pdf]
What behaviors does your team reward or encourage? What behaviors does it try to restrain? How could your team better support your own style? What does your own style contribute to your team?
Permission to print these posters
Permission is granted to reproduce the posters shown and linked to from this page for display or training use only. Posters may not be sold or altered in any way. This applies to the following files: D-Infographic.pdf, I-Infographic.pdf, S-Infographic.pdf, C-Infographic.pdf, and DiSC-Infographic.pdf.
This post originally appeared on TalentGear.com, August 2015