DISC: understanding yourself and others
Do you sometimes wonder why you get on really well with some people and yet find others hard work? DISC is a personality profiling tool that can help you understand people in a matter of minutes rather than months, thereby improving communications and working relationships.
I’ve worked with a variety of personality tools in my career and thoroughly enjoy using DISC.
It’s simple, effective and easy to understand. I’ve found it invaluable for developing my own self awareness - understanding how I work with people, what my challenges are and what I need to work on to build better relationships. It’s a very versatile tool which I use in team workshops or as part of a coaching programme.
DISC is based around 4 criteria – task or people orientation, and reserved or outgoing.
The 4 main types are:
D for Dominance
I for Influence
S for Steadiness
C for Compliance.
Understanding your predominant preference, whether it is D, I, S or C can:
Give you an insight into different personality types and their unique strengths
Help you understand your own personal motivations and behaviours - and those of colleagues, clients and suppliers
Help you communicate effectively according to the DISC profile of the person you are communicating with
Support with team motivation, conflict resolution, and client engagement
Improve recruitment effectiveness – saving time and money by ensuring the right people are hired for the right roles, and then retained
Enhance the effectiveness of performance reviews and personal development plans