People ask me all the time why DiSC is one of my favorite products. My answers are simple. It works and it doesn’t put people into a box. It is more about learning how to communicate with people who give and receive information in a different way than you. For example, I am fairly direct and to the point. Long, meandering stories lose my attention quickly. At work, when someone had a request or if they wanted something from me, I would often find myself becoming quite annoyed and uninterested. We all know that annoyed and uninterested are not how you want people to feel about you at work. There were some people that I dreaded talking to, I knew that it would be a drawn-out conversation that would irritate me and probably put me in bad mood for the rest of the afternoon. I really didn’t understand why I could have perfectly productive conversations with some people and others, I just wanted to walk away mid-sentence.
I did all kinds of leadership training, personality profiles, you name it. I knew that I was direct. I knew that I liked when people got to the point quickly. I already knew what those workshops were presenting as new information. When I discovered DiSC, I was ready to write it off, yeah yeah, this is how I am… But the unique thing about DiSC was that it wasn’t just about me. It was about how other people viewed me, what they needed from my communication and how I could have truly meaningful conversations that moved the needle with people that I previously avoided at all cost. I never really thought about the fact that they were probably just as annoyed with me as I was with them.
I know that it sounds simple, but for me a tool that gave me clarity in terms of communicating with the people that I needed to help and needed help from me was priceless. It’s also a tool that I continue to use to this day, using the People Reading tool to help me have better conversations with people who don’t have a DiSC profile that I can compare mine with. By planning out conversations, I have found that things go much smoother and we both walk away feeling better, rather than irritated. From my perspective, that’s priceless.
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