Purpose: Engage learners more deeply into the Everything DiSC styles
Prerequisite: Introduction to general DiSC concepts and knowledge of their own style
Materials: Something to record responses: white board, easel pad, paper
Time: 40 -45 minutes
15 minutes for group discussion, 20 minutes to share with larger group, 5 minutes for group discussion/reflection
Note: While this information is part of the Everything DiSC Management profile, you can do this with any of the other Everything DiSC profiles.
- Separate your group into the four DiSC styles. (If you have a larger group of one style, you can have them separate into the eight styles: D, Di/iD, i, iS/Si, S, SC/SC, C, CD/DC. If a group has only one representative of a style, you can join them if they struggle.)
- Ask the question: What motivates you? One person should record the group’s answers, either in words or by drawing them so they can share them with the entire group.
Use these prompts as needed or relevant.
- At work, when do you feel most productive? Think of a time or two when you went home feeling really good about the work you did that day.
- What sort of environment is motivating? Consider lighting, noise, people around you, etc.
- What behaviors, actions or attitudes of others help you become or stay motivated? Think of your boss, your co-workers, your customers or clients.
- How does conflict influence your level of motivation? What type of conflict is motivating and what kind is not?
- How do you like to be recognized and rewarded?
- What could be said to encourage you if you’re feeling unmotivated?
- How can teammates and supervisors help you get and stay motivated?
- What type of tasks or behaviors do you need help getting motivated to do?
If there is time, you can ask the groups to discuss what demotivates them.
- Ask each group to share their results with the group.
- As a group, discuss what surprises were revealed about what motivates another style. How can what we learned about different motivations help us work better with each other? What motivations do we have in common? What steps can we take to remember the motivational needs across styles?