Why can’t people just get along?
It’s an age-old question isn’t it? If everyone just wanted to get along better with each other wouldn’t it be easier?
If only it were so simple!
One of the biggest challenges I’ve (Kirsten) seen is that what people hear and what people think they said are completely different. Sometimes we miss the mark because we’re not forthright enough. Other times we’ve softened our message so much that it gets missed as well.
So how do we fix it?
By better understanding the communication styles of those around us.
That’s where a DISC assessment comes in.
What is DISC? DISC is an acronym for the four primary behavioral traits found in human beings. The traits are: Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S), and Conscientiousness (C). These are the traits used to gauge a person’s preferred communication and behavioral style through a DISC profile or assessment test.
Each trait is unique and different. They embody various skills, approaches, and thought processes someone can have when regarding the world around them. Let’s learn more about each trait by breaking them down.
- Dominance (D): individuals appreciative of a challenge. Likes to problem solve while addressing any issues calculatedly. They are realistic and rational. Value leadership roles, responsibility, and professionalism.
- Influence (I): someone that benefits from social situations as well as interactions. Emotional thinkers, they like connecting to their coworkers on a friendly personal level. While community and team orientated, they, like the D, are action-focused.
- Steadiness (S): a person who likes to be prepared. Often does one task at a time in order to stay focused and committed to their work. Great at listening to others. Enjoys helping their co-workers with problems, deadlines, and concerns.
- Conscientiousness (C): someone who is organized and professional. Usually pays the utmost attention to detail because they want their projects to come out perfectly and without error. Always backs up their conversations or workload with facts to support their theories. Find change discomforting and conflict unappealing.
Developed by psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston, DISC helps to better understand a person’s behavior, temperament, and communications style. The results of a DISC assessment are then used to see where a participant fits on the DISC scale. Are you more dominant? Or conscientious? The assessment will enable you to discover this. It will also help your co-workers to discover where they fit on the scale too.
Completely non-judgmental, a DISC assessment provides people the ability to discuss their behavioral differences. It is a great way to open up a dialogue at work between employees, so they can learn to communicate with one another more effectively. What could be more beneficial to your work environment than learning how to approach others with differing communication preferences? Completing a DISC Assessment will make this positive dream a reality for you.
Knowing your communication style helps you:
- Get out of your own way when it comes to communicating with both internal and external stakeholders.
- Effectively persuade others to help.
- Understand behavioral styles and how they affect communications.
- Recognize other people’s behaviors and how to adapt to their needs.
- Learn to listen more attentively.
- Understand how your behavior may be perceived by others.
- Discover how to resolve conflicts in a positive way.
- Understand how to handle angry constituents.
- Become more effective in dealing with both internal and external customers.
- Improve your present problem-solving approach.
- Learn how to adapt your communication strategy to match someone else’s behavioral preferences.
The test is a series of simple questions. And guess what – there is no right or wrong way to answer these questions. The profile is purely subjective so as to analyze your behavior and communication preferences. No studying or preparation required. All that will be needed is you being true to yourself. Pretty easy, right? Not to mention, the assessment is a fun stress free way to learn more about how you think, feel, and process information.
At your next staff meeting, consider proposing assessments be completed for your team. Not only will it improve the workplace environment, it will also improve your own personal world view. By opening up your mind to the possibilities of personality and behavior, you open yourself up to personal growth as well. You also open the door to change. Embrace a better you! Set up a DISC Assessment today! A more enriched world awaits.
Want to Learn More?
Several options are available ranging from a personal assessment to an organization-wide development program.
If you’re interested in learning more, contact Kirsten by completing the form below or reach out directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502.509.5004.
Looking forward to connecting with you soon!