Last Saturday I headed up from Bristol to Crewe to complete my fourth practical coaching session, an 'Introduction to DISC' course. I always enjoy the practical/ interactive days that are part of the diploma, but this was such an insightful and interesting day to attend. As per usual, I've left feeling really inspired and re-energised for the work I need to do and how I can apply what I've learnt to help my coaching clients more.
What is DISC?
DISC is a personality profiling tool that helps you gain a greater understanding of how you work, interact with others and deal with pressure. There are lots of personality profiling tools that exist: Myers Briggs, Belbin and Insights are just a few other examples that I've come across at work. Like these other profiling tools, DISC is completely non-judgemental and categorises people as generally being more dominant in one of four categories, as modelled by Harry Potter and his pals:
D - Driven I - Inspiring S - Supportive C - Correct
A lot of people find that the majority of their DISC profile actually stretches over couple of the categories, and usually two that sit next to each other. For example, I have high amounts of I and S in my personality, someone else might have a lot of C and D (like Hermione), or S and C in theirs.
So, what can we do with this information?
Using DISC is a really great way to begin some inner reflection. It helps identify some of your strengths, considers what might hold you back from achieving your goals and confirms in what environments you might thrive or struggle under pressure. DISC is also really helpful for demonstrating how you might best interact with other people to achieve the best results from those around you.
Imagine you're about to start a project at work and need to ask some people for feedback or involvement. If you're an I, you may not elaborate on information or delve into all the details of the project before you hit the ground running. But, if you’re interacting with someone on the project who is a C, you'll get more from them if you give them lots of information and then some time to process that information before feeding back to you or starting the project. If someone else on the project is a D, they would most likely prefer to receive a condensed overview of the information that outlines the main points, benefits and risks. Tailoring your approach to how you interact with different people can help ensure you get the best from them. (Cue, stock image of business people getting along...)
If you're interested in knowing more about yourself, and how you can get the best from others then a DISC profile is a great way to start. I'm pleased to say that I'm now certified to run DISC profile generation with clients. If you're interested, or just want to find out more then do get in touch!