DISC profiles help us understand ourselves and each other. In our continuing World According to DISC series we like to examine the lighter side of life through the lens of DISC core styles. As we bring 2010 to a close and begin to look ahead to 2011, it is a time when many will think about themes, goals and resolutions for the coming year…
Donny the high D is bold and ambitious, he’s not thinking about resolutions because he’s already got several projects in motion. He does have a goal though: to not just make the president’s club again this year, but to beat last year’s sales champion, by at least 10% thereby regaining the number 1 slot.
Irene has high I DISC profile. She loves to talk about the new year with everyone she meets. In fact, Irene just loves to talk. She has been talking with all her friends, asking what their plans are and comparing their resolutions for the coming year. When Jane paused her jog to say hello, Irene told her that she’s going to rejoin the gym and go every day. When Doris gave her a nice bottle of wine she shared her resolution to take a class in wine-tasting. When she ran into Bob in the frozen food aisle she told him how 2011 was going to be the year she stopped eating out so much and cooked more at home. She told Henry at the bank that she’ll be cutting coupons… Marcel at Starbucks that in 2011 she’s going to learn to make espresso at home…
Sylvia the high S was just starting to get comfortable with writing 2010 and now she’s looking at the new 2011 calendar she got from her college alumni association. She’s been hanging them beside her refrigerator every year since she graduated. Her father used to make 3 resolutions every year, 1 for work, 1 for himself and 1 for the family. She has continued that tradition every year since he passed away. This year at work she plans to start coming in earlier in the hopes that her boss will notice and give her a raise. For herself, she’ll finally finish that sweater she’s been knitting for years. For her family, she’ll continue to volunteer at the church to make sure her kids aren’t sneaking out of Sunday school.
Christopher’s DISC profile reveals he is a high C – he is very mindful of rules and procedures. He only ever has one resolution, to monitor the 13 virtues as defined by Benjamin Franklin: Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Tranquility, Chastity, and Humility. He has been spending a good portion of the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day planning his calendar for the coming year to make sure proper time has been allotted for work, family, hobbies, personal development, exercise, and once a month he has set aside 20 minutes for spontaneity.
Remember, in real life people exhibit a blend of behavioral styles, not just one single dominant trait. Examining their DISC graphs and profile reports will reveal how much that blend of behaviors can adapt from a home (or natural) state to a work (or adapted) state.
No matter what your DISC behavioral profile we at Data Dome wish you a happy and prosperous 2011.
Happy New Year!