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World According to DISC: New Year’s Resolutions

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

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!

DISC Profiles: How low can a Low C go?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The DISC Profile world is rife with examples and explanations of the various behaviors found on the high side of the charts. High D, I, S and C behaviors are the staples of behavioral consultants and organizational designers, but we here at Data Dome want to make sure you understand that very low scores in a behavior category can be just as predictive as the high DISC styles. Fortunately for us we’ve got a couple of great celebrities to look to for examples of Low C DISC profiles in action…

It almost seems that Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are having a contest to see who’s DISC behavior profile displays a lower C.

Let’s first look at the DISC adjectives to get a feel for what a low C DISC style is like:

  • independent
  • opinionated
  • unconventional
  • uninhibited
  • free-thinker
  • unconstrained
  • avoid detail
  • self-governing
  • defiant/rebellious of rules set by others
  • careless with details

Both actresses have been noted in the media for outrageous behavior and a lack of discipline in business dealings. Paris, famous for being famous, was described in an article on the 10 worst celebrity business owners as having “failed at the business of being herself.” According to the article, acting in an unconstrained way, inattentive to the details of endorsement deals has led her to being sued for millions in damages. And with several scandalous pictures and tapes floating about on the Internet, one would hardly categorize Paris Hilton as “inhibited.”

Similarly, Lindsay has had numerous run-ins with authorities, has shown flagrant disregard for public safety in her use of drugs and alcohol while driving. Despite her talent and creativity she has been called “officially unreliable” and unprofessional on movie sets. The notion of self-governing seems like an apt description of someone who smokes despite being an asthma sufferer since the age of two. With nude photo-shoots as Marylin Monroe and a movie role as a stripper, Lohan also fits the “uninhibited” adjective.

I imagine they would both nod their heads in agreement when they read in their DISC profiles: “Respect my defiant nature”.

That is they might if they bothered to show up to fill out the DISC assessment.

DISC Assessments and Attitude: It’s a profile, not an excuse.

Friday, July 9th, 2010

When you start talking about DISC assessments and DISC behavioral styles it is inevitable that you end up in the land of adjectives: The high D – Active, Direct, Forceful; the high I – Fast-Paced, Emotional, Impulsive; the high S – Agreeable, Cooperative, Friendly; and the high C– Thoughtful, Careful, Thorough. Add a little stress to the mix and some new adjectives from the DISC profile step to the front of the line: D – Impatient; I – Disorganized; S – Possessive; and C – Overly Critical. These words, when included in a DISC profile, are intended to be useful and cautionary – guides, if you will, for gaining insight into your own behaviors and the necessary data to intentionally adapt behavior for improved communication, team building and performance. Yet sometimes these words can be misused as an excuse, a convenient crutch to sidestep taking responsibility for the outcome of behavior. There is a world of difference in the statements “I’m a low C, so I should team with someone who can help me stay organized” and “I’m a low C, so don’t expect me to be organized.” That difference is in the attitude.

Understanding behavioral style via a DISC assessment is tremendously valuable, yet it is still an incomplete predictor of an individual’s impact on a team or success in a position. Going beyond the DISC profile by gauging awareness and attitudes provides vital insight into that individual’s effectiveness and willingness to change – especially when confronted with a behavior that is causing (or caused by) a negative issue. It can make the difference between a team full of “My way, or the highway” dysfunction or a team that embraces the platinum rule: behave unto others in the style that suits them, even if it isn’t the style that naturally comes to you. DISC assessments make you aware of your own behavioral tendencies so when you recognize the styles of others you can behave with intention: more productively and harmoniously.

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