Entries in DISC Profile (5)

Sunday
Dec152013

Using DISC Personality Test as a Tool for Personal Growth

DISC Profile Helps You Play to Your Strengths

DISC Personality Test paints a positive strengths-based picture of your personality.

DISC Profile, DISC Personality Test, DISC Test, DISC AssessmentFew of us are experts in motivating ourselves and others. But one thing we know with certainty: people flourish when we affirm their strengths and help steer them into areas where they can excel. There is so much negativity in our world. And our culture conveys so much information about dysfunction and psychological problems that people get confused about how to direct their efforts to grow and improve. Some of these concerns are legitimate, but far more often all we need to unlock the best in ourselves and others, or perhaps even overcome problems, is to tap into our positive potential. The DISC Test, while no panacea, is a good step in that direction.

DISC Profile Helps Minimize Your Blind Spots

DISC Personality Test sheds light and hope on the blind spots, revealing weaknesses in a constructive manner.

All people have blind spots. In fact, blind spots are often strengths taken to an extreme. They should not be ignored. The philosophy behind the DISC Assessment is that while our strengths should carry us, our blind spots should also concern us.

It is easy for us to mistake blind spots for character flaws, when they may simply be natural behaviors that need proactive attention. For example, a high "D" person is naturally fast-paced and results-oriented. Probable blind spots are impatience and even anger toward slowness. An "S" person is naturally slow-paced and people-oriented. Potential blind spots are lack of initiative and over-sensitivity. Insights from the DISC Test help us to refrain from being overly critical of these tendencies in ourselves and others, and work toward more constructive development.

DISC Personality Test Helps You Understand What Makes You Tick and What Ticks You Off

DISC Profile helps us understand that people generally do what they do for themselves, not against others.

The DISC Assessment reveals your natural bent. For example, "D" types are naturally daring and adventuresome. "I" types are very outgoing and colorful. "S" types are more quiet and content, and warm up more slowly to others, but once they find a good friend are very loyal and committed. "C" types show a lot of curiosity, and may pull off to themselves to figure out how things work. These are examples of what makes people "tick."

Often, however, these differences are not understood or appreciated. A "D" person who values a competitive spirit will naturally warm up to others who are similar, but may also struggle with people who are quieter and less aggressive. A "S" or "C" person values quiet compliance and careful concentration and may misinterpret the easily distracted nature of an "I" person or the challenging tendencies of a "D" type. These are examples of what may "tick you off."

DISC Test helps you affirm and appreciate yourself and others. It describes your unique characteristics and equips you to tailor your interaction to bring out the best in people who are different.

The DISC Profile is one of the most commonly used tools to help others understand themselves and set goals for personal growth and development.

You may also be interested in the next article on how DISC Personality Test helps enhance relationships.

 

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DISC Profile, DISC Personality Test, DISC Test, DISC Assessment

Sunday
Dec152013

Using DISC Profile to Improve Relationships

DISC Personality Test Helps You INTERACT POSITIVELY With Others

DISC Profile equips you to tailor your communication with people to make the best connection.

DISC Profile, DISC Personality Test, DISC Test, DISC AssessmentThis is one of the greatest strengths of the DISC Assessment. I am not aware of a more complete (yet succinct) guide to knowing how to communicate with people in a way that best fits their orientation. For example, since "D" types are usually fast-paced and task-oriented, you are not likely to get a good response with a lot of small talk and "beating around the bush." Be courteous, but get to the point quickly, and expect a quick, results-oriented response. "S" types are the opposite. With them, a softer, indirect approach works best. With "I" types, be prepared to let them do most of the talking and give them lots of happy, warm feedback. For them, conversations must "feel" good. On the other hand, "C" types are into facts, not feeling, and do not like it when people "multiply words." They like respectful, thoughtful and thorough communication, and often prefer things in writing. The DISC Test provides amazing insight to help in similar everyday situations.

DISC Personality Test Helps You Recognize Others' Styles and Adjust Your Behavior to Build Relationships

DISC Profile helps you "read" others, not to label them, but to relate to them more effectively.

The DISC Assessment provides a simple model to interpret others' behaviors. For example, if you see someone who is walking briskly and multitasking, seemingly oblivious to everything that is happening around them, this is probably a "D" type. Knowing this, you can simply give them space to get their work done, realizing their "disinterest" in you is not personal, it's just their way of enaging the tasks before them. On the other hand, if you are that "D" person who shows up to work at lightning speed, and barely looks up from your cell phone to make an abrupt request of an "S" worker, that is probably not the best approach. Since the "S" prefers amiability and kindness, you will connect more effectively if you slow down, put the phone away briefly, smile, express a kind and genuine greeting, and then say in a softer tone, "I wonder if you can help me with..." These are just a few of hundreds of ways the DISC Personality Test can help improve relationships.

DISC Profile is a great tool to build relationships! These features, along with the many personal benefits, are why millions worldwide continue to use the DISC Personality Test.

While DISC Test has many benefits, it is also important to know How Not To Use DISC Profile.

 

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DISC Profile, DISC Personality Test, DISC Test, DISC Assessment

Sunday
Dec152013

Using DISC Personality Test in Team-Building

DISC Profile is an Excellent Team-Building Tool

What can DISC Personality Test do for us as a team?

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First, DISC Test will help each team member understand his/her behavior in relation to others, especially with the use of the DISC Team-Charting Tool, that allows each team member to enter their profile code and see their place on a grid, with options to view each person's concise profile. 

Second, DISC Personality Test provides an objective basis for discerning why one acts a certain way.

Third, DISC Profile helps teams affirm the strengths and refine the weaknesses of each member's relational patterns.

Fourth, DISC Assessment helps everyone appreciate differences that may have been misunderstood previously. Without a tool like DISC, people may judge those who are different as behaving wrongly or inappropriately, when it may simply be a matter of how they are "wired."

Fifth, DISC Profile helps to clarify and emphasize the unique contribution of each person, especially with the help of the DISC Team Charting Tool

Sixth, DISC Personality Test helps create an environment where each can operate within his/her "sweet spot," making maximum contribution to team effectiveness.

Seven, DISC Profile reduces conflicts by equipping team members to respond to others based on their style preferences.

Is DISC Personality Test the right tool for team building?

Yes. DISC Profile is focused on the relational and behavioral dimensions of team-building, i.e. it helps improve relationships and provide clarity on the behavioral tendencies of you and your team members. Other dimensions of team functioning - mission, philosophy, and structure - are not addressed by DISC profiles and exercises. But for the relational and behavioral dimensions, nothing surpasses DISC.

Why is DISC Personality Test so well-suited to the relational and abilities dimensions of team-building over against other tools?

First, the DISC Test offered on this site is a scientifically validated instrument. You can trust it as an accurate measure of one's behavior in a given context. I use it with confidence in academic settings where validity is important.

Second, DISC Personality Test is user-friendly. While I highly recommend using a trained facilitator to administer, interpret, and explain the DISC model, this is not always feasible, especially in mission contexts. Unlike more complex tools, DISC is very accessible.

Third, DISC Profile is understandable and memorable. This is especially true in comparison to other popular team-building tools such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Firo-B, FIRO-F, Grip-Birkman, etc. Each of these instruments and others like them are outstanding, but they have the added frustration of being virtually useless without the help of a qualified consultant. Also, ask the average person who took the Myers-Briggs a few years ago to name their psychological type and explain it in Jungian terms. They may muddle through a list of initials that closely resembles their type, but stumble when describing the difference between extrovert vs. introvert and intuitive vs. sensate. My experience with DISC Assessment, however, is that people identify with the model very easily and usually remember their style for years to come.

We are having a lot of problems as a group that have motivated us to do team building. Is DISC Profile the right tool for us at this stage?

Maybe. Maybe not. DISC Personality Test strengthens relationships, helps people understand why they differ with some and get along with others, and gives tools for dealing more effectively with people. That's the purpose. Whether DISC is the right tool at this stage of your team development depends on two factors:

  1. The intensity of your conflicts
  2. The expectations you bring to your team-building event.

It is important to have realistic expectations about what DISC can and cannot accomplish. For example, if your team is in intense conflict, you may need mediation or conflict coaching before using DISC. Sometimes teams need honest soul-searching to restore a constructive relational climate before anything else. Without this, there may be too much internal "noise" inside team members that limits the benefit of something like DISC. Once this is done, however, it provides a more productive environment for DISC to have its effect. In fact, DISC Profile may help to explain how the conflict became so intense and provide helpful tools for keeping it from happening again.

We don't have any serious problems working/relating as a team, but we do like to conduct periodic leadership development. Can DISC Profile help in such cases?

Absolutely. In fact, this is probably the best situation one can have. DISC Personality Test will help to make your good relationships even better.

We just appointed several new leaders, can DISC help us at this stage of team formation?

Yes. Shifts in the make-up of a leadership team provide a ripe opportunity for using DISC Profile to enhance your effectiveness.

These are a few of the ways DISC Personality Test and the Team Charting Tool can help everyone work together more effectively.

 

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DISC Profile, DISC Personality Test, DISC Test, DISC Assessment

Sunday
Dec152013

Using DISC Personality Test in Leadership Development

DISC Profile is one of the most widely used tools in leadership development

DISC Profile, DISC Personality Test, DISC Test, DISC AssessmentDISC Personality Test helps you understand your natural leadership tendencies, how others perceive you, and how to adjust your behavior to influence people of the same or different types more effectively. One of the chief benefits of the DISC Profile for leadership growth is its simplicity. It describes yours and others personalities in understandable terms, and provides brief, workable suggestions for boosting your productivity with each style. DISC Test also helps you appreciate and adjust to the way others lead. Here are a few ways the DISC Assessment, especially the Leadership Version, enhances leadership.

DISC Profile shows how each type prefers to lead

  • D's lead directively and out in front.
  • I's lead inspirationally from the middle of the pack.
  • S's lead supportively from behind.
  • C's lead cautiously alongside.

DISC Personality Test explains how each type prefers to be lead

  • D's like options, territory, control and an opportunity for individual accomplishment.
  • I's like excitement, interaction with people, and fun, creative, flexible environments.
  • S's like leaders with controlled, stable behavior who kindly spell out how they need help.
  • C's like leaders who allow them time to think through things and do them right.

DISC Profile describes how style prefers to get things done

  • D's prefer the FAST way.
  • I's prefer the FUN way.
  • S's prefer the TRADITIONAL way.
  • C's prefer the PROPER way.

These and many other insights are found in the 63-page Leadership Edition of the DISC Profile.

 

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DISC Profile, DISC Personality Test, DISC Test, DISC Assessment

Sunday
Dec152013

How Not to Use DISC Profile

DISC Personality Test should never be used to...

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Label yourself or others in negative terms.

DISC Assessment uses a positive approach to highlight strengths and address blindspots.

Judge or criticize others.

DISC Profile is objective and descriptive rather than subjective and judgmental.

Dictate to others what you want them to be.

DISC Personality Test helps you appreciate and value people for what they are.

Evaluate yourself or others as "passing" or "failing."

There are no wrong styles with DISC Assessment.

Reveal dysfunction or identify disorders.

DISC Profile uses a wellness model to measure normal behavior, not abnormal behavior.

Peg or limit yourself or others.

DISC Personality Test describes your typical behavior and helps you along the path to positive adjustments.

 

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DISC Profile, DISC Personality Test, DISC Test, DISC Assessment